14 results for author: Karen Schmidt


The Dichotomy of Inertia

When it rains, it pours; most are familiar with this phrase. It is what we use to describe the inertia of negative circumstances building and snowballing. Can you think of the equivalent phrase used to describe the opposite? The experience of positive ...
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The Obstacle is the Way

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor and a Stoic philosopher. On the throne from 161 to 180, he was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors and the last emperor of the Pax Romana, an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. ...
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A Perpetual Prime of Life

As recruiters, there is a powerful question we ask candidates which typically elicits immediate pause, reflection, and authenticity in the answer. It is a question that catches most off guard, creates a feeling of nostalgia, and sometimes even prompts a ...
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Paying Attention to Retention

You've likely started to see a shift in headlines. No longer focused on what we have been through, the new emphasis is on what's to come. Though it's impossible to predict the future, it certainly seems reasonable that the forecast could be correct: a ...
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Stronger Than Yesterday

Resilience. It's one of the secrets to survival, both professionally and personally. It's what's gotten you to where you are, and it's what will help define who you will become. Looking back at some of the toughest situations you've endured, you may have felt ...
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Opportunistic Outsourcing

Business coach Peter Drucker was known for dispensing some sage advice that still rings true decades later: Do what you do best and outsource the rest. What comes to mind when you hear that mantra? An immediate list likely appears of all the tasks you know ...
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Later Will Be Now Before You Know It

We have a question to ask you. But you have to slow down to answer it. Stop scrolling. Take a moment. Take a breath. Question: Knowing what you know now, having all of life's experiences thus far behind you, what would you do differently? The ...
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Desire to Inspire

Motivate and inspire. The two words are often used interchangeably, echoed perpetually in the minds of any leader trying to spearhead the charge. However, view the two as the same and you are missing a critical component in your evolution as a senior execut...
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The Stress Test

Countless articles, including several Sanford Rose Associates updates, have addressed one of the most important tasks given to senior leadership within any organization: the ability to identify the next generation of future leaders within the firm. We look ...
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Fostering Fear

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” Reflect on that statement for a moment. You may even have an immediate connection to it, with your own delinquent “to-do’s” catapulting to the center of your attention. It was entrep...
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Who Thanks Whom?

In an article penned for Inc by Suzanne Lucas there was the bold statement: “Dear Hiring Manager, Perhaps You Should Write the Thank You Note.” She continues: “The traditional thank you note is from candidate to hiring manager. That's wrong… Just ...
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Be the Diamond

There are times in life, both personally and professionally, where circumstances can change at such a rapid speed that our opinions, perspectives, and course of action can change by the day, if not by the hour. When faced with such circumstances, there are ...
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