Tag: California

[Life Back West] December 2013 – What Would Agnes Do?

Italianate Victorian Painted Lady in San Franc...Over 70, she summoned me from across Liberty Street with a wave of her hand as I wondered what a stranger was doing motioning to me. Newly moved from Chicago, it was definitely not something that would happen in the Windy City unless the person was psychotic.

She has been dead for over a decade and I still remember the first time we met as if it was yesterday. Over 70, she summoned me from across Liberty Street with a wave of her hand as I wondered what a stranger was doing motioning to me. Newly moved from Chicago, it was definitely […]

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[Life Back West] August 2011 – “Same Time Next Year”

The Passage of Time

Only the hopeful and the perhaps the ignorant confuse voluntary associations with work groups. Yet the fact of the matter is that there are elements from the world of voluntary relationships that can help more than just a few work groups perform better and even have a little more fun. These opportunities for shared lessons […]

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Think!

Rodin's The Thinker at the Musée Rodin.

IBM founder and CEO Thomas Watson had a sign in his office – and more signs plastered throughout the firm. Aretha Franklin sang about it in the movies. Buddha noted “What we think we become.” So why don’t we think more? The thought came to mind as I trekked back from a week-long stay at San Francisco’s […]

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What Do You Do When a Board Seat Beckons?

It may simply be that time of year but I’m being “soft vetted” for board of director / board of trustee seats. And whether the board seat is for an organization that is for-profit or for non-profit, there are things some things that anyone – you, me, or anybody else – should do. Soft vetting […]

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[CFO Job Hunters Version] What Do Employers Really Want?

Advertisement from the Boston Directory, 1851

One mystery for more senior job hunters is the  question of “What do employers really want?” in terms of backgrounds, skill sets and experience. Thanks to one executive search person you can get one good answer – particularly if you’re looking fill a Chief Financial Officer role. Karen Quint of Spencer Stuart addressed the San […]

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