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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.
11 11, 2019

Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty

By | 2019-11-11T19:25:25+00:00 November 11th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Relationships are hard.  I find this very interesting.  We live in a world where (most of us) are surrounded by people.  We grow up surrounded by family and friends.  We are surrounded by other students for (at least) twelve years of school.  We then enter the workforce, and we [...]

5 11, 2019

“We Can’t Tell You Our Process”

By | 2019-11-05T18:26:24+00:00 November 5th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I’ve been in the recruiting industry since 1999.  About ten years in, I would occasionally think that I’d seen and heard it all.  For example, I once had a candidate who, feeling ill during an interview, pulled a thermometer from his bag…and took his temperature while answering questions.  I [...]

29 10, 2019

People Don’t Listen

By | 2019-10-29T17:48:45+00:00 October 29th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I talk to people for a living.  Although much of my conversation is over the phone, even more is electronic.  And yes, I consider email as conversation.  Texting also.  They are all mediums to conduct dialogue.  In some cases, electronic communication is the only way some people will engage.  [...]

15 10, 2019

Breaking Through a Board…and Your Goals

By | 2019-10-15T14:40:04+00:00 October 15th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

There are no tricks involved in breaking a board. Or a brick.  “What you have here is one of the most efficient human movements ever conceived,” say MIT physicist Michael Feld.  The secret lies in the speed and focus of the strike. Feld, fellow student Stephen Wilk and his [...]

9 10, 2019

What Matters to Me

By | 2019-10-09T18:35:24+00:00 October 9th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I’ve been a business owner for a long time now.  It’s been the greatest experience of my professional life.  The reason for me is simple.  I love it because my answers are in the mirror.  Every morning when I wake up, I go to the bathroom and brush my [...]

4 10, 2019

(Almost)Anyone Can Be a Genius

By | 2019-10-04T15:13:36+00:00 October 4th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

“Genius is the ability to put into action what is on your mind.”  - F. Scott Fitzgerald Most people think that genius is for the few, the gifted, for someone else.  It’s reserved for those who are super-smart.  Who made straight-A’s in school and scored perfect on their SAT [...]

3 10, 2019

Excuses Are For Losers

By | 2019-10-03T19:58:44+00:00 October 3rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

This post is part rant and part reality check.  We live in a culture where, more than I can ever remember, excuses are tolerated.  Excuses themselves are not new.  Humans have been rationalizing their behavior and their performance (or lack thereof) with excuses since the beginning of time.  I [...]

18 09, 2019

Big Change Happens In Little Steps

By | 2019-09-18T17:24:10+00:00 September 18th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

My Team and I did a book study last winter.  The book was Atomic Habits, by James Clear.  James has established himself as an expert and thought leader in the theory and practice of habit formation. One of the interesting concepts in the book is initiating a new habit [...]

10 09, 2019

The Constant

By | 2019-09-10T18:50:51+00:00 September 10th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

  I have a restaurant I go to at least two times a week...sometimes three.  It’s a local business, owned by a local businessman.  It’s always busy, and frequently there is a line of people waiting for a seat.  I go early to beat the rush, and sometimes that [...]