The Executive Brief

Oh No, Not Again!

The Volkswagen environmental cheating scandal that broke in September has thrown Corporate Culture into the spotlight - and not in a positive way. Some have said Volkswagen's ‘culture of arrogance’ was to blame, while others simply blame a lack of morals at the top of the company (Fortune ...

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A Belated Graduation Speech to Baby-Boomer Business Owners

This week’s post on KeyStone Search’s Culture, Leadership and Alignment Blog was kindly contributed by Corey Rosen, a 66-year old boomer and founder of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), a nonprofit ESOP organization. Thank you to Mr. Rosen for allowing KeyStone to share his ...

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When Change and Culture Clash, Communication is Key

I recently read a 2006 Harvard Business Review article titled “The Seasoned Executive’s Decision Making Style” which discussed the ways in which executive’s leadership styles change as they advance in their career. This got me thinking about how an executive’s leadership style must adapt when they ...

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Business First, Human Resources Second

I have been fortunate to work with a number of great companies, helping them hire their first “strategic” Human Resources leader. These clients have not been start-ups or very small companies; all were long-standing, reputable and successful companies, with over $100M in revenue.  For varying ...

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Mass Extinction?

According to a study published a month ago in Science Advances, the earth is in the midst of a mass extinction, one that rivals the extinction of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. The study reveals that since 1900, 69 mammal species and another 400 vertebrate species have gone missing. It ...

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Let’s Retire Touchy-Feely and Kumbaya Once and For All

This week’s post on KeyStone Search’s Culture, Leadership and Alignment Blog was kindly contributed by Leigh Bailey, founder and CEO of The Bailey Group. The Bailey Group partners with CEOs and their executive teams to provide clarity and alignment during uncertain times, ensuring that companies ...

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Surprises Are Only Good On Your Birthday

Have you ever accepted a new job with an uneasy feeling about the company or culture you were entering? Everything looked good in the interview process, but you couldn’t shake the feeling you hadn’t quite gotten the full story.

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ESOPs Need Consistent Communicators

At KeyStone, we’ve had the great opportunity to work with numerous ESOP companies. In fact, employee owned companies are some of my favorite clients because they “get it” when it comes to cultural fit and alignment. And while identifying great leaders for ESOPs is not easy work, it’s incredibly ...

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Jack Welch – Progressive Leadership – Really!

I attended a luncheon a couple of weeks ago where Jack and Suzy Welch spoke about their new book, The Real Life MBA. While I don’t agree with everything Jack did in his “Neutron Jack” days, he has to be held up as a pioneer in the connection between culture and performance. In fact, he’s recognized ...

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Add "Rocket Fuel" to your Business

Gino Wickman, creator of the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) and author of Traction, has just released a new book called Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business.  Along with co-author Mark Winters and a host of other ...

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