Lasting Impressions

In preparation for serving as the 2013 campaign chair for the Tulsa Area United Way, I toured its 62 partner agencies including Family & Children’s Services. I learned about their Women in Recovery program which helps transition the lives of women facing prison sentences for non-violent, drug-related offenses.

That’s where I met Nicole who shared her story.

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Kindness: Sharp minds, soft hearts and sweet souls

Kindness is the key to success. Artist, poet and writer Kahlil Gibran said, “It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

All of us lead very busy lives and all of us come into contact with many people each and every day. How we interact with people, particularly strangers on the street, speaks to our innermost ethos.

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Ready, Fire, Aim and My Failure to Achieve the Objective

I use the term “Ready, Fire, Aim” oftentimes when working with project teams. It means we’ve gotten out of the natural order of strategic planning. Sometimes teams jump from goals to tactics without conducting any research or thinking through objectives and strategy, etc. This also includes knowing and following instruction.

For some my comment seems overbearing??? I have my reasons though. A strategic effort that to this day still haunts me.

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Three ways to improve relationships with co-workers

To some, the thought of developing relationships with co-workers is a daunting idea. But it can lead to valuable partnerships which are mutually beneficial in business. And if that’s not enough, these relationships are sure to come in handy the next time you’re on a tight deadline or need some support.

Here are three quick tips for improving your relationship with co-workers.

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Succession planning – Follow through with development

Every week I read another article in Forbes, Harvard Business Review or Inc. about the importance of succession planning. Most discuss how vital succession planning is for organizations. Although I couldn’t agree more, we often see clients struggle in one particular area, following through with development. It is fairly easy to outline the ideal structure of an organization—who the top leaders should be, what their profile and competencies will look like, and then identifying potential successors.

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Executive Search – Three qualities to look for

An executive search may be one of the most rewarding processes an organization can go through. Although the process can be tedious, when the search is done right the return on investment is immensely valuable.

When conducting executive searches for clients, we generally see them looking to fill an externally facing role. The organization is looking for a new face and image, and someone who can represent their organization well. A person with an externally facing role will make impressions on people in 15 seconds or less—when it comes to the success of your organization, first impressions absolutely matter.

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Lorton family, thank you for your commitment to Tulsa

Change never comes easy, but we couldn’t be more thankful for having such a good friend.

This week, as many of us are welcoming the new owners of the Tulsa world we would be remiss to not take the time to truly thank our good friends, the Lorton family, for their commitment to the Tulsa community over the last 100 years.

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Leaders should seek meaningful achievements

Each birthday, I’m reminded of how much I love the aging process, odd as that may sound; maybe not so much for the slowing down of the metabolism, but for how much I’ve learned about life and about leadership. I think about the experiences I’ve had, the mistakes I’ve made and the successes I’ve enjoyed, and how each opportunity continues to mold who I am and what’s important to me.

No matter our age, as life rolls along, we need to stay mindful of assessing our growth and the direction we’re headed. We need to regularly assess our destination and push ourselves toward accomplishing new meaningful achievements.

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A Lesson from Hurricane Sandy: Collaboration before the Crisis

Observing Hurricane Sandy has once again revealed America’s ability to put aside our differences and politics to unify in help and support, in the face of crisis. Without fail, the American people prove that when the pressure is applied and distress is universal, we find ways to work as a collective body.Instances such as this give a glimmer of hope that our often polarized political system is still capable of putting people before parties. Yet, the real question is, what would happen if we learned to have this level of collaboration before a crisis hits?

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Three Tips to Planning a Successful Event

These are possibly the most dreaded two words in a communications professional’s vernacular. In the past, I have avoided even uttering the phrase in fear that some sort of Beetlejuice-like magic would cause a client’s event to appear on my calendar.

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