The Executive Suite Blog

Best Candidate Questions You’ve Ever Heard!

Posted by Warren Rutherford on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 02:09 PM

Executive search gives me the opportunity to talk with lots of candidates.  I learn from each candidate, because I’m able to better understand their perspective on work opportunities, responsibilities, dreams, and motivators; to name a few.  And many times, I have candidates ask the most interesting questions in the search process.  I’ve listed some of my favorites below, and invite you – whether you are a search professional or not – to share some of your most interesting questions. 

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Tags: Executive Recruiting

Best Baby Boomer Business Owner Exit Planner iPhone Apps

Posted by Warren Rutherford on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 @ 11:24 AM

Over the past few years I’ve been using several different health and exercise apps.  They work quite well, as they help me to monitor my exercise routines and plans for biking, hiking, and daily cardio and muscle exercises.  They are convenient and have good memories (something that becomes increasingly important as I advance in age). My favorites are Strava, Runkeeper, iMuscle2, and TV Remote (only kidding, but seriously, your fingers need exercise as well).

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Tags: transition planning

Who Is Selling Your Business?

Posted by Warren Rutherford on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 04:53 PM

Is it the butcher, the baker, or the candlestick maker?  Perhaps not, but does it matter?  My answer is a resounding “yes!”  Building your business – and selling it – is not a matter for nursery rhymes.  And while I may inject a bit of humor and put a smile on your face – the process of selling your business can be a business for many. 

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Tags: transition planning

Why Most Selling Your Business Strategies By Baby Boomers Fail!

Posted by Warren Rutherford on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 02:19 PM

The truth be known, there are a variety of reasons why baby boomer business owners can fail to successfully sell their business.  Rather than describe all of them (others have done a great job at it), I thought I’d focus on several that I’ve seen over the years, namely insufficient preparation, unwillingness to leverage professionals, and the failure to address pre-sale transition issues. 

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Tags: transition planning

Selling Your Business Successfully: Begin With The End In Mind

Posted by Warren Rutherford on Mon, Nov 07, 2016 @ 01:07 PM

It may interest you to know that the process of selling a business is usually not top of mind for many business owners.  Some time ago Steven Covey, in his landmark book, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People wrote, for habit 2, that you should “begin with the end in mind.”

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Tags: transition planning

What Selling Your Business Successfully Experts Don't Want You To Know

Posted by Warren Rutherford on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 04:07 PM

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Tags: transition planning

Lies And Damn Lies About Motivating Employees

Posted by Warren Rutherford on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 05:06 PM

What are the best ways to motivate employees?  Does any business owner or executive know – or care?  What about employees?  Do employees care about how their managers, executives, and owners try to motivate them?  Seriously, what difference does it make?  Let’s look at some reasons.

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Tags: leader as coach

What Donald Trump Can Teach You About Business Owner Transition Planning!

Posted by Warren Rutherford on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 02:25 PM

Now that the 2016 Republican National Convention has concluded and Donald Trump has been confirmed as the Republican Party Presidential Nominee in the 2016 Presidential Race, I’m sure that more pundits will pile on and write additional media reports about his business experiences, mostly emphasizing the failures.  Past reports, including A Complete List of Donald Trump’s Business Disasters in Gawker and Donald Trump's 13 Biggest Business Failures in Rolling Stone earlier in 2016 emphasized disasters and failures.  But there are successes as well.

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Tags: transition planning

9 Guilt Free Baby Boomer Retirement Tips

Posted by Warren Rutherford on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 04:17 PM

As I got older I realized I would need to address this “baby boomer retirement” question at some point.  Since I enjoy learning and enjoy helping others even more, I decided I would learn how to become a transition planning consultant so that I could a) address my retirement planning, and b) help business owners and career professionals to address their own “retirement” question. 

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Tags: transition planning, baby boomer retirement

Preparing A Transition Plan For Your Business – Use Senior Business Consultants

Posted by Warren Rutherford on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 12:24 PM

All too often when I work with a business owner who is thinking of selling his business, I find that he has a need to look at the relative strengths and weaknesses of the business and identify how he can increase business value and grow his business so that he can achieve maximum financial value.

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Tags: senior business consultants, transition planning