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iStock 000000483705XSmall 300x199 4 Ways To Ensure Your Successors SuccessThe same mentor that jokingly told me, “always follow an idiot” also smiled and said, “and always leave an idiot as your successor.”

I’ve seen it go both ways.  It’s painful to watch your team’s hard work unravel.

For the last week, we’ve been talking about Building Results that Last Beyond Your Tenure, including, Building a Strong VIsionEstablishing the Right Behaviors  and Encouraging Interdependency.

An important piece of his puzzle, is leaving a remarkable successor.

4 Ways to Ensure Your Successor’s Success

This process starts early.  Once you are ready to leave, it’s too late to search.  Here are some tips to keep in mind. Continue Reading…

“A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage” -Sydney Smith

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He trembled a bit as he approached the microphone.  His thoughts crystalized into a profound truth.

I have a been unemployed for several years.  I have many talents.  I have much to offer this community.

Just a statement.  He had no ask.  He didn’t elaborate on such talents.  He sat down.

I felt tears well up for this man about whom I knew so little.  Sure his story is complex.   Whose story isn’t? Continue Reading…

suninhands2 100x150 Saturday Salutations:  Dream GatesIt had been a long night.  The plane was delayed and delayed some more.  The awaiting passengers were tired and the ground crew was weary of answering questions and rerouting. The rest of the airport was dark, we were the last gate in action.  Finally the door opened and we were “ready to board.”

Then the gate attendant got on the microphone with the energy and excitement of an announcer at Camden Yards.  And then…the magic.  Turns out one of the weary passengers was an agent looking for voice-over talent.  He handed our cheerful gate attendant his card.  The cheerful gate attendant was overwhelmed.  He stopped everything for a moment, looked at me and said, “I have been doing everything I can to get into the recording industry, including announcing like this for years hoping to get discovered.”  I can’t believe it finally worked.  Amen.

Energetic pursuits do pay off.   You never know when your dream gates will open.