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The Talent Secret: The 4H Club

Emblem of the 4H organization.

Tech valuations are popping (frothy is the well-used word) in the San Francisco Bay area. And the requirement to have high performing talent to quickly scale and produce a winning product may drive it all. The scalp price for hiring or retaining top engineers was recently tabbed at $500,000 and the talent acquisition strategies of […]

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What Do You Do When the Boss Gets Whistled

Harry S. Truman (1884 – 1972), 1945 – 1953 the...

Curiosity, the saying goes, killed the cat – as have a couple of other things. It’s also gotten a boss or two fired as well. The question is just what do you do when it’s the boss who is doing something they shouldn’t be? Their quasi-misdeed gets highlighted; if they were playing sports the action […]

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Pam Fox Rollin: 42 Rules for Your New Leadership Role

Pam Fox Rollin: 42 Rules for Your New Leadersh...

42 was my jersey number when I played college basketball, and the great Jackie Robinson wore #42 – now permanently retired as a tribute by Major League Baseball – in winning the hearts and admiration of Americans while breaking the racial segregation barrier integrating baseball in 1947. Today I have another reason to like number 42. […]

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Unconventional Leadership: How Did Vulnerability Become Powerful?

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an Ameri...

It’s an interesting world we live in. “Show No Fear” and “Take No Prisoners” form the budget bargaining approach we get from the present Speaker of the House – John Boehner – who also cries at the drop of his hat. Is the ability to evidence toughness and vulnerability in style? Are emotions the new black? […]

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RIP Walter Breuning: Smarts & Wisdom – and Why You Need Both

Picture of Walter Breuning, taken on April 8, 2010

“The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions” suggested Oliver Wendell Holmes. Holmes, one of the 20th century’s most influential public figures, was on to something. While youth (and fresh eyes) serve well with certain types of situations – think Emperor’s New Clothes, quant analysis, or the brilliance behind the Apple’s […]

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Tips for Execs: A Drive By is Not a Check-In

Traylor and me

I’m having lunch and a close-out conversation with an exec coaching client in Silicon Valley today. She has made obtained great results with small changes; her boss thinks she’s doing great and frankly so do I. And she’s got a lesson or two that you can use. One of the things she’s done is slowed […]

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How to Juggle – or Hope to Juggle – Multiple Job Offers

An illustration of the box juggling pattern.

Every job candidate’s dream is to have several job prospects that meet your job specs and simultaneously produce offers when you’re ready to make a decision. Sometimes it really does work out that way; most of the time it doesn’t. And what you’re left with, as the anonymous poster on Quora this morning noted, is […]

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The Best Steps to Prevent Senior New Hire Failure?

A Mark 117 bomb.

The cost to hire a good senior exec (think CFO, GC, COO, CMO, CEO  etc.)  is pricey. The people are talented, can be really good at what they do, and the market in some sectors is seriously hot. To compound things, talent poaching – the recruiting of a senior exec from one firm to another […]

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Tips for Getting New Business: Can You Hurry Love?

Supremes, The - You Can't Hurry Love - D - 1966

Over hot chocolate (Peet’s non-fat, no whipped cream) this week, the search headhunter – newer to that side of the desk after running executive recruiting for one the nation’s blue chip companies on the other side of the proverbial desk  –  asked the awkward question. His candidate search work for engagements had been outstanding; his […]

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