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An Easy Solution to Better Resumes

What to include on your resume – an easy solution Clients often expect that I am going to know exactly what should be included on their resumes to have the most appeal to recruiters and hiring organizations. The truth is that no one can know that – but there is hope. What clients should expect […]

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Getting New Systems Used

Getting new systems (models, programs, processes, innovations) used: As relevant now as 40 years ago In 1979, Peter Keen, a professor at various times at Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and Wharton, gave a keynote address entitled “Where Do Systems Get Used: Organizational Issues”. “Systems” for Keen translates to model-driven “decision support systems” (DSS) that were being […]

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The Executive Role: Is It For You? – Pete Bradshaw

The Executive Role: Is It For You? In 1985, I had the opportunity to participate in a leadership development and coaching program led by Howard Holt “Pete” Bradshaw of Organization Consultants Inc., who died in 2012 after a long career providing counsel to business leaders. At one point during the program, he asked the participants […]

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Reflections of an Executive, Tom Lysaught

Report Card Questions: Reflections of an Executive This is an excerpt from the President’s address to the GTE Directories Corporation (GTEDC) Senior Management Conference in 1985.  GTE became part of Verizon and its telephone directories division was later spun off. This address is a timeless classic that has never lost its relevance or power for […]

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Board of Directors: Referencing prospective candidates

Several years ago when I was working in Executive Search recruiting, a client that was searching for a new member of its Board of Directors asked for guidance on conducting reference checks. The questions that were compiled then have stood the test of time and a couple of them are particularly powerful in eliciting how […]

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Showcasing a Business in a LinkedIn Individual Profile

Recently, I got a call from a small business owner on the best way to showcase his business on LinkedIn, essentially creating a resume for his business. The caller was a co-owner of a firm that had been in business for four years. Prior to that, both owners had respectable careers with two industry leading […]

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Stepping up to the next role

Recently my team and I have put together a quick checklist of questions that we think help in creating a resume for a person whose goal is an internal promotion or finding a job at the next level in another organization. What is the next job? Often clients can’t actually define that clearly. They just […]

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Grabbed the Brass Ring!

“I know that the bio we created has opened doors and given me a more polished look. During the past year I have joined a nonprofit Board and been appointed to two key government advisory bodies.” Board of Directors Candidate * Curious what grabbing the brass ring means?

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Getting on the right track got me a great job

“I am pleased to report I have taken a new job. I applied, had a live interview, and things progressed very quickly. Thank you for all your assistance and getting me on the right track.” Telecommunications, Strategic Account Manager

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I didn’t believe I could get this job

“Thank you for the tremendous job you did with my resume! Within less than 30 days of its completion, I have been offered an amazing opportunity with a successful and rapidly growing company.” VP, Multi-site Restaurant Operations

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