Swinging with the Pendulum Not Always Best

Beware of extremes in business

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”  This is a phrase you’ve probably heard, and likely said yourself.  This adage describes a pitfall I see too often in organizations: the harmful practice of tossing out something valuable in an effort to make improvements.  Extreme change without careful consideration. Following the Trends Too often a […]

Leadership Lessons from Military Heroes

Put These Two Books on Your Summer Reading List

In the past year I’ve read 2 biographies about military heroes and I can’t help but be overwhelmed by their dedication and perseverance.  These stories are so mind-blowing that it’s hard to believe they are true. Military personnel all over the world have lessons to teach us. Whether we work in the home or out […]

It’s Summer. Time to Work on Your Dream

Lessons on Vision and Legacy

How big can you dream?  I dare you to dream beyond what seems possible. Dream beyond your own lifetime. Dream a dream that is so enticing that it is caught and continued on by others. Seem impossible?  It’s been done before. Dreams That Seem Impossible In 1963 there was a man who saw acres upon […]

A Commentary on Purpose: Are You a Pipe or a Fountain?

Finding purpose by being a means to an end

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Pipes are quite ordinary, typically unattractive and pretty much invisible– until there’s a problem.  In contrast, fountains are quite lovely, typically beautiful and admired.  If given the choice, which would you rather be–the pipe or the fountain? The obvious choice for most would be the fountain. The conundrum is, there has to be a pipe […]

Purpose: It’s Actually Not All About You

Initial Thoughts on Leadercast 2017

This past Friday, more than 100,000 people world-wide replaced a “normal” Friday with an “extraordinary” Friday.  They attended Leadercast: Powered by Purpose. Leadercast is the world’s largest leadership summit, simulcast out of Atlanta. Centennial and several other sponsors hosted a local site in Erlanger, KY.  There, more than 300 leaders from 31 different organizations gathered […]

The Critical Factor in Succession That No One Thinks About

One leader's journey and adventure - Part 3

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There are many factors that contribute to the ongoing success of your organization, but there is a big one that is often pushed off until it’s too late.  To ensure sustainability, you need to take a hard look at what happens to your organization when you’re no longer there. You need to continually think about […]

The Critical Factor in Succession That No One Thinks About

One leader's journey and adventure - Part 2

For the continued success of your organization, you need to start thinking about a topic most executives don’t want to think about: succession.  It’s a critical factor in survival and sustainability but it also comes with a lot of fear.  Fear of letting go.  Fear of losing your identity. Fear of change. At age 57 […]

The Critical Factor in Succession That No One Thinks About

One leader's journey and adventure - Part 1

Senior executives pour their lives into the success of their organization.  It’s so much a part of their identity that they can’t imagine life without it. The challenges. The goals. The new pursuits.  However, retirement sounds pretty sweet too. These 2 streams of thought – 1) pressing forward in business, and 2) retirement – are […]

Communicate Like An Executive to Get Your Ideas Heard

Insights from Guest Blogger Jennifer McClure

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Jennifer McClure is a long-time partner and friend of Centennial. Her leadership talents have been, and continue to be, a valuable part of our efforts to empower organizations to plan, hire, retain, and grow. This week we are featuring an article originally published on Jennifer’s website.  She provides practical advice on a topic that is […]

How to be Powered by Purpose

Purpose is what defines us, drives us, and empowers us.  Are you powered by purpose?  Attend a Leadercast simulcast to learn how purpose motivates teams to build stronger organizations, and inspires individuals to lead with intention. Is your Organization Powered by Purpose? What does it mean to be powered by purpose? …to be part of […]