In a crisis, put on your oxygen mask first

Crisis - Leadership series header image Andrew Bartlow

Here, we feature Andrew Bartlow, founder and managing partner of Series B Consulting, which helps startup executives build and execute a strong people strategy. He’s a former human resources (HR) executive who’s adept at helping executives accelerate growth and reduce the risk of failure. What advice do you have for business leaders during the COVID-19 […]

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COVID-19 isn’t an ‘asteroid’

COVID-19: Leadership Series Header - Tony Wilkins

Here, we feature Tony Wilkins, a veteran early stage private investor with Standing Oaks Venture Partners and AEWilkins Holdings Inc. Wilkins mentors and supports entrepreneurs, focusing on disruptive products and services that improve efficiency, business and social outcomes. His corporate experience has been largely in institutional and asset management sales, including a 15-year career at […]

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Interviewing experts (get tips that really work)

Interviewing subject matter expert

Interviewing subject experts isn’t scary – if you’re prepared. If you don’t set yourself up for success, welp … No one wants to see that happen. That’s why you need to lay the groundwork before you contact anyone. Interviewing: Why Would I Do That? Interviewing experts adds depth, credibility and trustworthiness to your marketing content. […]

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‘Be Focused, Not Frenzied’: Navigating Business Through Uncertainty

Uncertainty and Leadership Series Header - Steve Yastrow

Here, we feature Steve Yastrow, author of “Brand Harmony,” “We: The Ideal Customer Relationship” and “Ditch the Pitch.” He’s also president of Yastrow & Co., a Chicago-based consulting firm that helps companies improve their results by earning the dedicated commitment of their customers and employees. What advice do you have for business leaders who face […]

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‘Are You a Warrior or a Wimp?’ Stepping up During a Crisis

Leadership Header - Yonhee Gordon

Here, we feature Yonhee Gordon, principal and chief operating officer at JMG Financial Group, an independent, fee-only wealth management firm that serves clients from coast to coast. She oversees employee development and firm operations. Were you prepared for COVID-19 in terms of strategy and crisis communications? No one can ever be completely prepared for things […]

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Coronavirus: How to communicate with employees, customers and vendors

Ideally, your company communicates with employees, customers and vendors regularly – in good times and bad. Anytime there’s a natural disaster or extraordinary circumstances like the coronavirus pandemic, the temptation to circle the wagons, hunker down and wait out the crisis is great. While you’re sheltering in place, one of the most important things you […]

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5 pro tips to help your virtual team stay connected

Work Remotely

I’m writing this from home, with my dog, Mika, near me.  Why?  It’s not because of the COVID-19 scare.  It’s because The Simons Group doesn’t have an office. We all used to work in a downtown skyscraper. As time went on, our team members needed more flexibility and craved a better work-life balance. We listened […]

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14 ways to find expert sources for interviews

We all want to create valuable, relevant content. Conducting and sharing original research or taking a unique spin on a topic are two ways that can help you stand out. But what if you don’t have the resources for original research or you’re struggling to find a new twist on a topic? Expert interviews are […]

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