About kburns

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.
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 [...]

3 09, 2019

Able and Willing…Or Not?

By | 2019-09-03T23:31:55+00:00 September 3rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

This is a question that preoccupied one of my old mentors.  Why do some people succeed, and others don’t?  Why are some people able to learn a process, follow it and deliver results when others aren’t?  Over my 20-plus years in the recruiting business, I’ve seen some succeed and [...]

28 08, 2019

The Obstacle Is the Way

By | 2019-08-28T12:05:46+00:00 August 28th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor who ruled from 161 – 180AD.  He was the last of what are known as the Five Good Emperors, presided over an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire.  He was also a Stoic philosopher.  Some of his personal writings [...]

21 08, 2019

Everything Old is New Again

By | 2019-08-21T19:54:32+00:00 August 21st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

My wife and I moved our daughter into college this week.  This is the baby of the family, so it’s going to be a change for all of us this time.  She chose my alma mater, which has been a pretty awesome thing for me.  I haven’t spent a [...]

13 08, 2019

Micromanaging vs. Training

By | 2019-08-13T20:24:34+00:00 August 13th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

It’s a phrase I’ve heard literally a million times.  “I don't like to be micromanaged.”  It’s so overused, it’s become a cliché.  When someone says it to me, I do an internal eye roll. Consider this: “I like to be micromanaged.”  Said no one ever. Here are three thoughts [...]

6 08, 2019

Three Ways to Be Different

By | 2019-08-06T19:00:07+00:00 August 6th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I recently was having coffee with a CFO and I asked him, “What disappoints you about business today?”  He had no trouble answering.  There were three, specific things.  After hearing them, I was in 100% agreement with him.  Here they are, with some additional commentary from yours truly:   [...]

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 [...]