Integrity Test

I was in a meeting recently where a leadership team was grappling with their long-term direction. They’re doing what many leadership teams must do – trying to discern how to kick-start growth in their business. It complicates things that they work in the healthcare...

The Black Eye

Last weekend, I cross-trained on the hockey rink with my bicycling buddies. After nearly two hours of play, I got tangled up with an opponent and went down. While I was relieved to not need dental work or stitches, I was bloody and bruised. My wife was horrified to...

Love and Prospecting

I never take brochures or PowerPoint decks when I meet with firm leaders at prospective clients. Instead, I take two things: a legal pad for taking notes and a book that I leave behind at the close of meetings. The book is not a self-promotional diatribe or even a...

Identifying Your Focus

Identifying your firm’s focus is critical to long-term growth. The most successful firms are clear about who they are, whom they serve, and what value they deliver. An example of leadership, ingenuity, and selfless collaboration In the movie Apollo 13, after the...

Prudent Decision-Making for Leaders

St. Ignatius of Loyola said, “Prudence has two eyes, one that foresees what one has to do, the other that examines afterword what one has done.” Ignatius, was the founder of the Jesuits, an order of Catholic priests. He was born in 1491, of a family of minor nobility...

Six Beliefs Of Hazardous Firm Cultures

Contributed by Ted Harro Some organizations should have a warning label: Caution, working here can be hazardous to your health. Complications could include high blood pressure, weight gain, insomnia, and bleeding ulcers. Behind every hazardous work culture there’s...

Four Keys To A Successful Breakthrough

“I’m worried about where you’re going here!” It had taken the CFO a day and a half to finally burst. He had been watching our planning session proceed, only commenting when his financial expertise seemed relevant. But after the CEO’s description of his expansive...

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