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2018 Shutdown: What Happens Next? Considerations for Federal Contractors

January 21, 2018

Considerations for Contractors with the Government Shutdown The government shutdown of 2013 lasted 16 days. Fortunately, we have just heard that the House, Senate, and the Executive Office have found common ground and the government has reopened after day 3. There’s still a chance, however, that after February 8th,...

A Review of the Hottest Word: Culture

March 14, 2016

In 2014, Merriam-Webster announced “Culture” as the top word of the year as shown by the increase in look ups over the prior year.  Not surprising as it seems to appear in regular conversations more frequently.  As it relates to organizational culture, we’re referring to the unwritten expectations of what...

Thriving vs. Surviving: What Choice Do You Make?

January 11, 2016

What’s Preventing You From Thriving? Last week I published a post entitled “What’s getting in our way?” and encouraged readers to give thought to one word that depicted something they needed in order to thrive.  For me that answer came rather readily.  I need a connection. I need to ‘feel...

Need Vs. Want: What’s Getting In Our Way?

January 4, 2016

Each turn of the calendar to January has always brought to me a renewed energy, excitement and focus. Unlike my daughter who laments taking down the Christmas decorations and while I love having them fill our home with warmth, joy and tradition, I look forward to the tree going...

How to Best Prepare for the Impending Government Shutdown

September 20, 2015

Are You Ready for the Next Government Shutdown? I was hoping to ignore the rumors and rumbling that we may actually be destined to repeat the lunacy of what took place two years ago.  However, after hearing from several well-respected government advisors and consultants, it appears as if another shutdown...

Millennial Review: New Workforce, New Expectations

October 13, 2014

Last week I moderated a panel of rock star millennials at the Professional Services Council (PSC) annual conference. Kudos to Stan Soloway, CEO of PSC, and his amazing team for putting together such a high performing panel.  Our panelists included: Greg Gershman, Principal and co-founder, Ad Hoc LLC; Dr....

Best Ways to Attract, Retain and Engage High Performing Teams

April 29, 2014

Our region is robust with enlightened leaders. Congratulations to those selected as Best Places to Work and Outstanding Corporate Citizens! You are building a “culture of intention”: a culture that attracts, retains and engages high performing teams! Read on to see if you relate to the Top 10 Ways...

Engaging your team… articulate the behaviors that lead to success.

April 9, 2014

Do you get the sense that your employees feel undervalued and/or unappreciated, but you can’t figure out why? You’ve done everything you can think of in making your salaries competitive, offering comprehensive benefits, implementing employee recognition programs, yet the employee morale just isn’t where you think it should be....

The Cost of Outsourcing Human Resources

December 3, 2013

People often ask how much will it cost to outsource my HR? I can certainly answer that question-- after you answer several questions for me, because as you might imagine, the answer is, “it depends.”

Top 10 Accelerators for Business Growth

September 11, 2013

Recently I was interviewed by Ingar Grev of The Strategic Business Forum. Ingar was interested to hear about what has worked for me as an entrepreneur, contributing to the success of Helios, and what advice and counsel would I give my colleagues—basic 'lessons learned' as a CEO. How appropriate...

What I Learned at Girl Scout Camp CEO

August 15, 2013

I wanted to share the impact of my experience at Camp CEO last week. I participated with 30 other women who were CEOs or executive leaders. We each were assigned a buddy—a high school girl—to mentor during our stay at Camp Winonoa in Hughesville, MD.

Public Firing: Outburst or Intentionally Making a Statement?

August 15, 2013

AOL CEO, Tim Armstrong, has certainly been under scrutiny for his public firing of the videographer, Abel Lenz. I have witnessed CEOs be intentional about a public firing. Some use it as a way to get everyone’s attention and make a statement throughout the entire organization. Was...

Put the ZIP on Homelessness with us on October 18th!

June 28, 2013

The Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness in partnership with the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Connection Newspapers and Apple Federal Credit Union present the 3rd Annual Jeans Day on Friday, October 18 to Put the ZIP on Homelessness. In the spirit of highlighting and fighting homelessness, public...

Positive Leadership is a Choice with Powerful Impact!

June 20, 2013

Kudos to Dr. Steve Gladis for providing us with another targeted leadership guide! In his new book, Positive Leadership: The Game Changer at Work, Steve captures recent, encouraging data and translates it into how we can all immediately benefit from this knowledge. How refreshing to learn that we control a...

Operating with Intention

May 3, 2013

“Building a Culture of Intention”. This is a term that I’ve used for quite some time while working with executives to define their organizational culture. In fact, Helios even published a book with that very title where we interviewed visionary CEOs who lead intentional cultures.  Each day we have...