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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.
17 03, 2020

The Power of Working Together

By | 2020-03-19T22:11:56+00:00 March 17th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

We’re all being impacted by the Coronavirus.  Some more than others.  I, like you perhaps, am consuming lots of information on the topic.  I’m watching the briefings…then analyzing the briefing…then watching other people analyze the briefings. In spite of all the uncertainty and the unknowns, I find myself feeling [...]

10 03, 2020

More LinkedIn Taglines and Nonsense

By | 2020-03-10T23:40:04+00:00 March 10th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Last week I wrote about the importance of having a strong LinkedIn presence.  It’s the professional’s litmus test for existence.  This week, I promised some do’s and don’ts.  Some of these may seem ridiculous to you – trust me, nothing I’m about to share is made up. Profile pictures: [...]

3 03, 2020

LinkedIn Realities-Part 1

By | 2020-03-03T22:25:25+00:00 March 3rd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

LinkedIn has become the litmus test for existence in business.  If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you effectively don’t exist.  I’m not saying that this is right or wrong; fair or unfair.  I am saying that it’s real.  It’s a thing.  Of course, there are other social media [...]

24 02, 2020

Saving Your Way to Massive Success

By | 2020-02-24T18:17:35+00:00 February 24th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

I’ve got nothing against saving money.  I believe in saving money.   Controlling expenses is important.  And I also believe in growth.  I believe in innovation.  In business today, it’s “innovate or die.”  Any of you once own a Palm Pilot? How about a Blackberry?  Whew. Success in business requires [...]

18 02, 2020

How Fast Does Business Move?

By | 2020-02-20T19:33:30+00:00 February 18th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Business should move at lightning speed, right?  We have all these tools and technologies at our disposal.  So many things are automated. Nobody uses carbon paper, typewriters or mimeograph machines anymore (those born after 1980, you’ll need to Google those things).  Much of business actually does move at lightning [...]

12 02, 2020

The Importance of Culture

By | 2020-02-12T01:12:48+00:00 February 12th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

  Many people talk about organizational culture.  Far fewer understand it.  Ask a few people to define culture.  You’ll get a different answer from each person.  As a leader, understanding organizational culture is pretty important.  Actually, it’s vitally important. Culture is the “horizontal gravity” that holds an organization together. [...]

4 02, 2020

No One Minds Lateness Now

By | 2020-02-05T18:36:52+00:00 February 4th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

We are all busy people.  Often our days are a juggling act of meetings, appointments and trying to get some work done in between.  I’m kind of a punctuality geek.  I pride myself on being early to meetings and when I have a call scheduled, I call on time [...]

27 11, 2019

Hey, that’s my Dad!

By | 2020-01-27T17:39:32+00:00 November 27th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I was at a college basketball game recently with some friends.  We arrived early, and as we enjoyed the pre-game warmup, two young boys came up the steps and took their seats right in front of us.  They were probably seven or eight years old.  Both were wearing jerseys [...]

21 11, 2019

The Reality of Relevance

By | 2019-11-21T22:55:55+00:00 November 21st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I reach out to people professionally multiple times a day.  Most of us do.  We need the cooperation of others to do our jobs.  In the old days, when you called someone, they answered the phone.  Why?  There was no voicemail and there was no caller ID.  The caller [...]