Critical Thinking

Many skill sets are needed as professionals enter the workforce. As I travel around the country to conferences and meet with clients, one concern seems to bubble to the top. The lack of critical thinking skills.  I would challenge the reading audience to consider this has nothing to do with age, but possibly more with…

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Quick Recovery After April 15

April 15 has passed and for many, burnout is alive and well.  The long hours and intense deadlines have left you drained – physically and emotionally.  While you may indeed be secretly wishing you could go bury yourself in your home for a month and sleep,  the reality is that you may not feel you…

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They Don’t Want to Be Owners!

In our ongoing series about bridging the gap between management and emerging leaders, we would be remiss in not addressing the topic of moving from emerging leader to owner.  The perception among many in our profession is that there are fewer individuals at the senior and manager levels who aspire to be an owner and,…

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Improve Communication in Your Firm

As we survey firm team members and ask them what leaders could do to improve culture and engagement in their firm, the overwhelming #1 response we hear is “we need better communication”. The response I get from leaders is “we have been working on that every year, will it ever be good enough?”  My answer…

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During Change – Seek First to Understand

Boomer Consulting embarked on an adventure this year to move many of our technology platforms to cloud-based solutions that would work collaboratively together. It literally changed everything about how we work – from our processes to training on systems, and changing work habits for each of us. Let’s just say, it has been rough on…

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6 Tips for Managing the Under-Performer

You may have heard it before, or you may have actually uttered these words, “why did we wait so long to let an under-performing employee go?” In some firms today it may actually be called the under-performing epidemic or the under-performer drag, but no matter what words you are using to describe the problem, the results are…

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Delegation Missteps

Are you a current leader in your firm – possibly a Partner, Manager or Supervisor? If you are, you understand that one of the skills you must develop is that of being able to delegate effectively to team members. Unfortunately, we must also negotiate the missteps that can derail us from being able to move…

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Perceptions of You

What do people really think of you? Do you even care? Do you care too much? Many of the managers and executives I coach and train start off by being surprised and maybe even slightly insulted to think that they need to improve their leadership skills. After all, they wouldn’t have been promoted if they…

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The First Steps for Fast Tracking Top Talent

It is the time of year when I am privileged to work with many firms on strategic planning, leadership development and team strengthening at the partner and full team level.  I mention that because a theme has been emerging over the past few years and this year it is at the top of the challenge…

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Stop Talking Diversity; Start Acting

Diversity is something that we have been commiserating about for a many years as it pertains to gender, age, and race – areas that are protected under federal law.  Our firm leaders often go to seminars, read articles and if we are asked, we engage in a conversation about how we wish our industry was…

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