Tips from the Leadership Coach: Invest in Your Management Skills

Tips from the Leadership Coach: Invest in Your Management Skills

Skilled managers provide the bedrock for organizational performance. They can shape the culture, improve productivity and drive creativity and innovation. But fewer training dollars are typically earmarked for managers than for people at other levels. David Deacon, whose career in human resources leadership has included executive positions at Credit Suisse, MasterCard and Capita, believes there are key steps managers can take to boost their careers and have a greater impact […]

A March Madness Story for the Ages: Five Lessons for Business Leaders

A March Madness Story for the Ages: Five Lessons for Business Leaders

In last year’s “March Madness” NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the University of Virginia team made history, becoming the first No. 1 seed in the tournament to lose to a No. 16 seed, in a resounding defeat at the hand of the University of Maryland–Baltimore County (UMBC). But one year after that crushing defeat, the Virginia Cavaliers bounced back to win the national championship on April 8 with an 85–77 overtime […]

Becoming an Approachable Leader

Becoming an Approachable Leader

Romaine Seguin, president of UPS Americas Region in Miami, believes that being approachable is one of the keys to successful leadership. “People have to be able to come to you,” said Seguin in a recent interview for Florida International University’s Center for Leadership. “Quite frankly, the further up the ladder you go, the more important this trait becomes.” If you’re a senior executive who wants to make a significant contribution […]

7 Steps to Move Up to the C-Suite in 2016

7 Steps to Move Up to the C-Suite in 2016

Pearson Partners’ Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC, was a featured author on a recent AESC BlueSteps Executive Career Insider blog about how to move up to the C-suite in 2016. Below is an excerpt of Lisa’s article, with a link to the full article on BlueSteps. If you are a department head, vice president or director, now is a great time to start planning a move up to the C-suite in […]

Advance Your Executive Career by Switching Industries

Advance Your Executive Career by Switching Industries

Pearson Partners’ Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC, was a featured author on a recent AESC BlueSteps Executive Career Insider blog about how to switch industries to advance your executive career. Below is an excerpt of Lisa’s article. While many senior executives look within their industries for advancement opportunities, it’s a good practice to step back for a moment and look at the bigger picture: Are you in the right industry for […]

A Critical Leadership Skill: Avoiding “Task-Toggling”

A Critical Leadership Skill: Avoiding “Task-Toggling”

  A Critical Leadership Skill” Avoiding “Task-Toggling” Lisa Thompson, Managing Director, Professional Services One of the hardest tasks for any senior executive is staying focused on the task at hand. There are distractions everywhere: phone calls, emails, texts, internal squabbles and external crises that often demand immediate attention. In a fast-paced workplace, multitasking is part of our daily lives. But new research by Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab, in […]

Tips from the Leadership Coach: Appealing to the Aging Baby Boomer Generation

  Lisa Thompson, Director, Professional Services Senior human resources executives face an unprecedented challenge in retaining the institutional knowledge and skills of retiring workers. With an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching age 65 each day, organizations of all sizes face a potential “brain drain” as valued employees leave the workforce and enter retirement. A substantial segment of Baby Boomers has not saved enough money to retire in comfort, and wouldn’t […]

Tips from the Leadership Coach: Are You a Strategic Thinker?

  Are You a Strategic Thinker? Lisa Thompson, Managing Director, Professional Services In a world characterized by increased economic and financial volatility, major corporations are looking for leaders with the ability to see the big picture. It might be a chief technology officer who understands why applications are moving to the cloud and how the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend will affect communications in the workplace. Or, a chief financial officer might […]

Don’t Stop Your Executive Job Search Over the Holidays!

Don’t Stop Your Executive Job Search Over the Holidays!

If you’re a senior executive considering a career change, you may be tempted to put your job search on hold until after the New Year. But contrary to what you might think, the holidays are actually a great time to get out there and lay the groundwork for a focused job search in January. While most employers are not likely to hire a new senior executive in the next couple […]

Tips from the Leadership Coach: Working with Executive Recruiters

Working with Executive Recruiters Lisa Thompson, Managing Director, Professional Services Executive search is a large, yet very fragmented, business. According to the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), industry revenues in 2013 were more than $10.5 billion, yet the 10 largest firms accounted for less than one-fifth of that revenue. There are many reputable and successful search firms you may not be familiar with. Here are some tips from our […]