A Word to the Overwhelmed Executive, from Someone Who’s Been There

6 Tips for Gaining Long-term Success Through Daily Activities

As a business executive, you are likely running at top speed while juggling dozens of responsibilities. You may feel like you have to keep up this pace, or the whole organization will crumble around you.  With all the pressures of running and maintaining a successful business, is it even possible to look at your business […]

Fear in the C-Suite: How to Transform It Into Opportunity

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The #1 thing that holds anyone back is fear. It’s a basic human reaction. If we take all the fears we have in life, they narrow down to 3 categories: Fear of failing, fear of not being accepted by others and the fear of dying. All three of these have evolutionary implications, but what I’m […]

Should I Share Personal Issues in the Workplace?

3 Realities to be Aware of When Your Personal Trials Affect Your Work

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I’m a breast cancer survivor.  You may have your own cancer story. Or maybe your struggle looks completely different but has just as profoundly turned your world upside down.  The reality is, we will all encounter a personal issue that will intrude on our professional life more than we wish.  When your personal life slams […]

Equip Yourself to Lead Well

Take a lesson from back-to-school shopping and prepare yourself for the year ahead

For the last several weeks, back-to-school sales have overtaken stores of every shape and size.  They know students will come, armed with a long list of required supplies, to stock up for the school year. These purchases are meant to prepare and equip the students for the work ahead. This is a good exercise we […]

Leaders: Know Thyself First

Is your leadership trapped and spinning in place?

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In the retained executive search business, we are privileged to “come alongside” leaders at various stages in their careers—and in their lives.  Often, it is during an exciting time, when a leader is considering joining one of our client’s C-suite teams.  Or, it might be a time when a leader is wrestling with disappointment– after […]

Work Less and Be More Productive – Myth or Reality?

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It seems counterintuitive to suggest that working less will allow you to be more productive. These two ideas feel like they are in direct opposition to each other.  It’s like suggesting that two wheels can turn in opposite directions and still move you forward.  That is just not possible, is it?  The startling but emphatic […]

7 Extremely Helpful Books to Read During Career Transition

Leaders are readers...Use the extra time to read up!

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There are several things that are great about career transition–#1 being you have more time, the most precious commodity of all.  There are some great books out there about the career transition process.  Here are a few you may want to peruse. 7 Extremely Helpful Books to Read During Career Transition Changing Direction: 10 Choices […]

How to Have a Successful Start in an Organization with an Anemic Onboarding Program

The best tip for onboarding yourself

In an ideal world, every organization would have a thorough and well-executed onboarding process in place.  Every new employee would feel enthusiastically welcomed into their new team. Every new hire would receive plenty of training and knowledge to set them up for success from day one.  If we lived and worked in an ideal world, […]

The Fido Factor: What Dogs Can Teach You about Great Leadership

Insights from guest blogger Krissi Barr

Krissi Barr, executive coach, corporate strategist, author and friend of Centennial, has helped businesses of all sizes make the most of their resources.  We are honored to share some of her leadership insights with you today. Dogs have a natural genius for leadership. We arrived at this conclusion after many years of painstaking research, which […]

First Step To Onboarding

4 out of 10 promoted leaders fail in the first 18 months!

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Brent Carter, Sr. Consultant and Executive Coach with Leadership Excelleration Inc., shares some surprising facts and helpful onboarding strategies for achieving success in a new role. You’ve finally landed that new position!  Now, you’re ready to assume your role.  It’s exciting to think about the possibilities that lay ahead and to begin plotting out the […]