Diversity and Inclusion with Dr Janet Reid

Diversity is meaningless without inclusion. Create the kind of workplace that does both!

Dr. Janet Reid is the founder of BRBS World, a private global management consulting consortium located in Cincinnati, that works with companies to develop and retain world-class leaders who value diversity and inclusion. Dr. Reid is an author and consultant with 35 years of promoting diversity and inclusion, and today, she and Mike talk about […]

The Impact of Appreciation on Productivity

Thoughts from teamwork expert and former MLBer Mike Robbins


I recently watched a great TEDx Bellevue talk (see below) featuring renowned teamwork expert and former major league baseball player Mike Robbins (www.Mike-Robbins.com). The talk focuses on appreciation, a word not applied often enough to corporate cultures. In his talk, Robbins shares how appreciation is relevant in the work place and how it can have […]

Becoming Fully Human with Dan Hurley

Taking the risk of stepping out into the public arena allows you to find out who you really are.

Dan Hurley has had an incredible career, and after retirement, he continues to do so. He was a teacher, historian, the Director of Leadership for Leadership Cincinnati, the Interim CEO for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and a producer and reporter for WKRC TV. Currently, Dan is the founder of a company and host […]

Leaders: Know Thyself First

Is your leadership trapped and spinning in place?


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 […]

Conscious Capitalism with Steve Shifman

It's not enough to make work tolerable - there's a better way to run a business that puts people first.

  Fellow Cincinnatian Steve Shifman is the president of Michelman, Inc., and has been a dear friend of Centennial for many years. As a believer in conscious capitalism, Steve believes that by leading with community-based values, companies can build up their capacity to change the lives of not only their employees but the lives of […]

4 Tips for Increasing Your Influence

There are many leadership lessons that you never forget.  One of my pivotal lessons happened over 15 years ago, but I still remember, reflect on, and share the learnings regularly.  It centers around the ability to influence others for the purpose of leading well.  It’s only when people believe in you and trust you that […]

Improving Mental and Physical Stamina with Elyse Jarard

Forget the diet detox. You need a MENTAL detox, and one that will change your brain forever. Be a better leader and happier in life.

Elyse Jarard Talent Magnet Institute

Elyse Jarard is a speaker, author, healthy mindset strategist, principal of My Ripple Effect, as well as Mike’s personal coach for many years. Elyse believes that leaders today need someone supporting them as they navigate the evolution of what leadership is and will become. Discover the science behind the practice of being, how to overcome […]

Is the Leader You Need Hiding in Plain Sight?

Consider Promoting from Within

promoting employees

This article was originally published on the Human Capital Institute blog. Have you ever bought something for your home only to realize you already have exactly what you need? This same phenomenon happens in the workplace, and on an even larger scale. The leader you think you need to hire from outside your organization may […]

Becoming CEO: Journey and Reflections with Chris Painter

"Reflect on where you get your energy, where you get your passion and what will allow you to become the greatest person you can be." – Chris Painter, President of Logikor

Chris Painter is the president of Logikor and a longtime client and friend of Mike’s. Throughout his career, Chris has always wanted to be the one at the helm of an organization, leading the way. And it shouldn’t surprise you that he started near the bottom and worked his way up. Today, Chris and Mike […]

How to Become a Talent Magnet

Six Tips from the Best of the Best

Talent Magnet Institute

Leaders from all over the world ask often,  “how do we achieve our next chapter of success?” Our recommendation is to take all of the necessary steps to become a talent magnet. Becoming a Talent MagnetTM is not easy but worth the investment of time, energy and resources. It is THE way to elevate your […]