Recruiting – Methods Matter

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO. Founders are not always great managers and are often not great evaluators of talent. Sorry, but it’s true. They may be brilliant at product, finance, operations, commercialization, or technology, but that doesn’t always equate to attracting, onboarding, and retaining outstanding talent. And no matter how unique your product/tech/solution Read More

Personal and Professional Inflection Points

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO. Inflection Points, by definition, come from math and curved conversion points where a derivative MUST go up or down. It’s quantitatively impossible to stay still or stay the same, the curve will go up (convex) or down (concave). It’s been said that a “business inflection point” is a Read More

Did Your 2020 Plans Get Punched in the Face?

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO. Mike Tyson once said, “everyone has a plan until they’re punched in the face”. I think that about sums up 2020 for many. Sometimes plans go sideways and I’m gonna get a little personal. In 1987, my dad died suddenly of a heart attack and I found him Read More

Productivity vs. Activity

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO. You’ve got a lot on your mind. Both personally and professionally, we all lead demanding lives and find ourselves pulled in different directions, responding to different pressures both constant and unanticipated. Life can be stressful. Some of these stresses are amazing opportunities – a promotion, an entrepreneurial pursuit, Read More

KEEP MOVING, the sun is about to come out!

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO. Yes, Covid sucks, 2020 in general sucks, the political era sucks, perhaps your career or income has stalled, perhaps other personal matters are impacting your success or happiness. Some days you just want to stay in bed! I get it, I can empathize on many levels. After that Read More

From Employee to Employer – Taking the Plunge

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO. Some people aspire to climb the corporate ladder taking on bigger scopes of responsibility, headcount, budget, or territory. Some people aspire to have a greater balance between their professional and personal lives – success defined less by income and promotion and more so by reduced stress and time Read More

Career Changes – Measure Your Inflection Point

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO I get a lot of inbound inquiries, typically a dozen a day, from professionals at varying stages of their careers seeking to understand how GM Ryan might be able to support them while in transition. Through 1000’s of conversations, I’ve learned that “in transition” can mean different things Read More

Crisis or Opportunity?

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO We all go through periods when the waters are calm and other times, sometimes seemingly suddenly, when we can’t imagine the waves crashing any harder or unpredictably in our lives. Moments of crisis can bring on panic, but they also tend to bring great clarity to what is Read More

1 + 1 = 3

By Brian Mitchell, CEO & Managing Partner You can’t do it all by yourself. You may be incredibly talented and dynamic but personal skills are simply not scalable. If you really want to build, you’ll need help from committed and competent partners and/or supporters. When a General Contractor builds a house, she doesn’t build it Read More

5 Key Principles in the War for Talent

By Brian Mitchell, CEO & Managing Partner Great people are critical to the success of every business. Hiring them, however, is easier said than done. The best are rare, challenging to find, and even harder to attract. Competition for them is intense. Retaining these marketable professionals can also be a challenge. Smart board members and Read More

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