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Kent Burns is President of Simply Driven Executive Search, whose mission is improving the lives of both the clients and candidates they represent. A search industry veteran since 1999, Burns is a CPA with prior experience at PwC and KPMG. He also served as a Corporate Controller and Chief Financial Officer in both public and private companies.
21 05, 2019

Priorities Are A Funny Thing

By | 2019-05-21T16:52:57+00:00 May 21st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I’ve been a student of human behavior pretty much my whole life.  I’ve always watched people.  But it’s possible to look and not see.  I mean really see.  However, getting into the recruiting business twenty years ago has provided me with a PhD in human behavior.  I now can [...]

30 04, 2019

Follow the Clues

By | 2019-05-06T14:30:16+00:00 April 30th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I often talk to people who are in the midst of change.  Career change, life change, health change, you name it.  It’s in these times that we tend to become reflective.  We pause and take stock of the world around us.  We take a look back and see what [...]

23 04, 2019

It’s a Long Road That Doesn’t Have a Turn In It

By | 2019-04-23T20:16:23+00:00 April 23rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

My Grandpa was a wonderful guy.  He passed many years ago.  But, if he were still alive, yesterday would have been his 111th birthday.  A self-made man, I learned many things from him. Something I heard him say many times was, “It’s a long road that doesn’t have a [...]

17 04, 2019

The Art and Value of Asking Questions

By | 2019-04-17T00:42:53+00:00 April 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I’m surprised at people, who...when given an opportunity to ask questions...don’t.  As a student of human behavior, it’s fascinating to me.  Questions are how we learn.  Questions are how we establish rapport.  Questions (or the lack thereof) reveal so much about a person. When I prepare people for interviews, [...]

10 04, 2019

Life is Simple; People Matter

By | 2019-04-10T19:48:30+00:00 April 10th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I am a creature of habit.  I love my routines.  One thing that my friends and co-workers tease me about is my lunch routine.  I go to the same place.  Every day, M – F, with very few exceptions.  It’s a good place...bar food...about a half mile from my [...]

19 03, 2019

Millimeters Matter

By | 2019-03-19T15:07:51+00:00 March 19th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I have a history of back/hip/leg issues.  Been a problem for years.  I lived with it for a long time, until one day in 2014 my wife and I were at a show of some kind...It wasn’t the boat and travel show, but it was something like that.  Big [...]

12 03, 2019

Indecisive???

By | 2019-03-12T15:44:23+00:00 March 12th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

  We live in a world today where no one wants to make a decision.  Yet, decisions are what make the world go around. What’s up with that? There are a few reasons, but the biggest one (by far) is fear.  Plain and simple.  Fear of making a mistake.  [...]

5 03, 2019

Fake News in Recruiting

By | 2019-03-04T16:06:12+00:00 March 5th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Had an interesting – and increasingly common – thing happen recently.  In conversation with a job candidate, a particular company name surfaced.  The candidate had a swift and immediate reaction: “They just had a major shakeup at the top.  New CEO and CFO.  The stock is down seven dollars.”  [...]

27 02, 2019

The Trouble with Feedback

By | 2019-03-04T15:52:50+00:00 February 27th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

There is a great article in the current issue of Harvard Business Review about feedback.  For decades now, we’ve been lectured on the value of feedback...how to give it...how to receive it...what to do with it.  Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall have written a great piece here that, not [...]