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Kent Burns, CPA is President of Simply Driven Executive Search. He is a search industry veteran with significant experience in both public accounting and corporate finance.
8 05, 2018

Delaying Gratification

By |2018-05-08T14:00:07+00:00May 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

We live in a culture of immediate gratification.  We’ve been trained to expect everything now.  And  when I say “now”, I mean NOW.  Success and career are no exception.  Blame (in large part) the technology industry.  From a historical perspective, the emergence of technology giants Facebook, Amazon and SpaceX [...]

1 05, 2018

Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

By |2018-05-02T14:09:52+00:00May 1st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

“Where do you see yourself in five years?” has historically been a popular interview question.  Perhaps at one time, it was considered clever and forward-thinking.  Now it’s just tired, overused and perhaps irrelevant.  Does anybody really know what they’re going to be doing in five years?  Employees don’t work [...]

24 04, 2018

You’re Always Interviewing

By |2018-04-27T16:57:24+00:00April 24th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

One of the best things you can do to advance your career is to adopt this mindset that you’re always interviewing.  Conventional wisdom says that we interview in order to get a job, and then we’re done...until, for some reason, we’re looking again for a job.  But the most [...]

17 04, 2018

Work/Life Balance is Dead

By |2018-04-20T18:37:05+00:00April 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

RIP work/life balance.  You had a great run.  You were a great phrase, a catchy phrase, and a convicting phrase.  You caused people to check themselves and you put employers and corporations on their heels.  Many still call on you, but you’re not where the action is anymore. Work/life [...]

10 04, 2018

Extreme Client Service

By |2018-04-11T13:29:20+00:00April 10th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

I was recently in Costa Rica with many of my friends from the recruiting industry.  One evening over cocktails, my friend and colleague Scott Samuels told me what is now one of my favorite recruiting stories. Scott owns Horizon Hospitality, based in Kansas City with offices in West Palm [...]

28 03, 2018

Simply Driven Executive Search Grows Again

By |2018-03-28T18:50:25+00:00March 28th, 2018|Simply Driven Executive Search News|0 Comments

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – March 19, 2018, Simply Driven Executive Search – a member of the Sanford Rose Associates network of offices – continues to grow with the addition of Kara Ferguson as Search Consultant.  Ferguson will work in the firm’s expanding Finance/Accounting Practice. Ferguson has management experience in Fortune [...]

27 03, 2018

How Not to Make a Career Decision

By |2018-03-27T14:09:31+00:00March 27th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Learning how to synthesize information and make good decisions is very important in life.  My assessment is that not many people these days do it well.  Consider my latest example...we’ll call this person Anthony. Anthony completed a three-step interview process with my client.  After each step, he communicated his [...]

20 03, 2018

The Opportunities Are Never Equally Good

By |2018-03-20T15:44:42+00:00March 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

I recently worked with a candidate who had received simultaneous job offers.  His assessment was that both were equally good options.  When I asked him to differentiate the two, he immediately focused on salary, as it was an obvious, quantifiable difference.  (One offer was five thousand dollars more than [...]

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