A Passenger in My Own Car

By Don Kennedy, Managing Partner What having a new driver in the family has reminded me about leadership My oldest son turns 16 today.  For people that say “time flies”, this occasion is a stark reminder that this is indeed true, and that our kids turn into young adults faster than you can imagine (or Read More

March Madness – When is NOW?

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO Hopefully, you’re going to wake up one day and be 60, will then be the time to evaluate your career and make a bold move? Doubtful. When is the “right time”? When is NOW? We are nearing the end of 1Q 2018, the time when 2017 bonuses have Read More

Do You Assume Positive Intent?

By Don Kennedy, Managing Partner How do things change for you personally and professionally if you believe the person sitting across from me has your best interests at heart? I learned a really valuable lesson a few years ago.  Working for a public company in a hyper competitive industry, we were in a position where Read More

Changes – Rise or Fold

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO So another year has passed and a “new” year is well underway. By mid-4Q, we spend time at our respective companies conducting annual reviews of the current year and annual planning for the upcoming year, which are worthy and important exercises to go through. We need to figure Read More

Are you listening, or waiting to talk?

By Don Kennedy, Managing Partner The best deals and the best jobs usually go to the best listeners….. Early in my career, I left a Tuesday morning meeting with a prospective client on cloud nine.  Our VP of Sales (my boss) was shadowing me for the day, and after the clinic of business development skills Read More

Internal Interviews – Coast at Your Own Peril

By Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO Internal interviews are often taken too lightly by both candidates and hiring executives. This is a mistake, especially by the hiring executive. Internal interviews, if they’re completed at all, are often informal rubber stamps to anoint a single employee who has been identified as a high performer in Read More

Landing Talent is a Two-Way Street – Must Do’s to Make It Happen

Don Kennedy, Managing Partner As an executive recruiter, there’s nothing more fulfilling than connecting talented individuals with great companies to create a transformative opportunity for both parties. I know how cliché it is to deem something “Win-Win” but it’s true when things successfully come together for all parties involved in the search process.  I’ve been Read More

Between Opportunities? Take ACTION!

Brian Mitchell, Managing Partner & CEO Unless you just sold your company after several years of hard work and are now counting your millions while on sabbatical, the experience of being “between opportunities” can be frustrating and possibly a little scary. As an executive recruiter for the past 12 years, I’ve inherently spoken with many Read More

What Variety Means for Successful Leaders

Don Kennedy, Managing Partner At GM Ryan, we spend our days working with clients, investors and candidates to make a transformational impact on their collective futures. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly, and one that we are incredibly passionate about executing successfully. It’s also incredibly fulfilling to make the right connection that allows a Read More

Busy vs Productive – The Curse of Creative Avoidance

Brian Mitchell, CEO & Managing Partner Early in my career, I was hired as an entry-level salesperson in the telecommunication industry. It was an incredible business training ground in retrospect and I’m very lucky to have had an opportunity to learn and achieve success in that environment. Like a lot of emerging tech industry sectors Read More

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