The Executive Brief

Culture Still Matters

Lately, I’ve come across a handful of articles and social media posts from talent professionals debunking the idea of hiring to culture. While I’d like to be nice and say I respectfully disagree, I can’t, because I vehemently disagree.  After 18 years running KeyStone, having worked with ...

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Is your ESOP Equipped for Growth?

I’ve yet to meet any business leader who says, “We’re not planning to grow, it’s just not important to our company.” To stay in business there has to be a focus on continually moving the company forward. Of course, CEO’s and the quality of the leadership teams they build, play an absolutely ...

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Executive Search for ESOPs?

I lead the ESOP practice at KeyStone Executive Search.  When I say this to someone I’m meeting for the first time, I’ll often get a puzzled look along with a follow up question; “Really, an executive search firm that specializes in ESOPs?

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DIY for an Integrator?

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with many Visionaries who are considering an Integrator search. I have never told any of them it cannot be done successfully on a DIY basis. If you really commit to all the steps and have both the expertise and time to do them well, it’s doable.

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ESOP Culture: Unique Leadership Qualities Required (Part 2)

We’re sharing two articles, laying out each of the 5 characteristics we believe are key leadership attributes that can make or break the effectiveness of an ESOP leader. Read Part 1 here.

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ESOP Culture: Unique Leadership Qualities Required (Part 1)

We’re fortunate to have worked with many ESOPs over the years, assisting them in hiring CEOs and other senior level leaders. Through this work we’ve come to appreciate just how unique ESOPs are and how different from other types of ownership structures. 

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ESOP Culture: Can there be too much of a good thing?

The great majority of ESOPs I’ve encountered are pretty special places, employee focused cultures filled with hard working, collaborative and loyal employee-owners. In most cases, these strong cultures result in performance that beats the competition, and creates growth for the benefit of all in ...

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An Integrator May (or May Not) Be Just What Your Business Needs

I recently had a great conversation with an entrepreneur (Visionary) on the East Coast. He reached out after seeing my name/quote in Rocket Fuel, feeling he may be ready for an Integrator.

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2019 Conference for Companies Running on EOS® Recap

What an amazing conference this year in Atlanta for companies running on EOS®! The passion and enthusiasm was palpable, from the opening address through the closing remarks. And, the topics/speakers in between were outstanding.

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Out Over Your Skis: When your company outgrows its executive leadership

In ski jumping, it’s not good to get too far over your skis as you fly down the hill.  If you do, its very likely you will crash, or at best have a clumsy landing.  In my 20 + years of working with privately held companies, I’ve noticed something very interesting with entrepreneur (Visionary) ...

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