From Goal to Strategy to Results with GOSPA


Reading Time: 7 minutes I’ve always felt the biggest challenge in strategic planning isn’t coming up with an excellent strategy. The real challenge is bridging the gap between strategy and execution. The GOSPA planning framework solves that problem.

Interviewing 5: Making the Decision

Hiring Decision

Reading Time: 7 minutes The interviews are over. Now you have to decide. Who do you hire? Do you hire anyone? How do you combine the feedback of the many people who took part in the process? How do you compare the performance of the candidates across all the dimensions you are considering and identify the best hire? Over the years, I’ve developed a simple and flexible framework that lets me identify the distinctions between the candidates that make a difference and focuses discussion where it needs to be to build consensus.

Interviewing 4: Can You Juggle? — Why Auditions are Better than Questions


Reading Time: 9 minutes “Tell me about a time….” You know those questions. They are the signature of the behavioral interview, which is a key component of most job interviews. But is the behavioral interview the best approach? Many years ago, I read a passage in a book that changed the way I hired developers and has profoundly influenced how I interview today. In this article, part of a series on interviewing knowledge workers, I share that insight and give some guidance on how to apply the technique in the 21st century.

Interviewing 3: Asking The Right Questions

Interview Questions

Reading Time: 9 minutes You have a great job description that articulates both the functional and non-functional requirements for the job you are filling. You’ve narrowed down the 250 resumes to the half-dozen you want to interview. Now you have a candidate in front of you and you get to ask questions to determine if this is the one person you want to hire. What questions should you ask? A Google search will give you many “good” questions to ask in any interview. And yes, those are good questions. But are they the right questions for your job? No. Unfortunately, getting to those questions takes some work. Fortunately, you have that amazing job description to work from. In this article, I give you some tools to make it easier

Interviewing 2: On the Problem of Resumes


Reading Time: 11 minutes Resumes. You’ll see a lot of them when hiring. You’ll see good ones. You’ll see bad ones. I can’t tell you how many resumes I’ve looked at over the years. In this article, the second in a series, I tell you how I approach resumes and what I look for to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Gearing up for Strategic Planning for Non Profit Boards

Reading Time: < 1 minute Excited to be leading a workshop on strategic planning for the Arts & Business Council of Nashville‘s class of Arts Board Matching Candidates on Wednesday, November 4th. Looking forward to meeting this year’s class of business leaders who are becoming non-profit leaders.

Effective presentations…for Periscope Pitchers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ramping up to do an effective presentations workshop for the artists involved in the Periscope Program. Periscope is an education program of the  Arts & Business Council of Nashville that teaches entrepreneurial skills to artists. Always fun to work with these artists.