The Khorus Blog

How to Guarantee a Hiring Failure

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
September 3, 2018

I thought black swans were rare, but a small nonprofit was apparently looking for one. They asked me to help them hire their next executive director, but when I read the job listing I was flabbergasted. They were looking for someone with years of experience in every facet of operating a nonprofit—from fundraising to grant writing to management and beyond -- with detailed requirements in each area.

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The Power of Decisiveness

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
August 7, 2018

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”

It’s a great quote for leaders to keep in their back pockets. Most of us who have led for any amount of time intuitively grasp the power of decisiveness that Roosevelt is describing. What’s interesting is that we now have empirical evidence to back it up.

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3 Keys to Authentic Leadership

Sara Carter

Posted by Sara Carter
July 24, 2018

Being a leader doesn’t just mean issuing orders and expecting people to listen. The days of command-and-control are over. Today, the most effective leaders rely on authenticity to influence and inspire their teams.

Authentic leadership can’t be easily taught: it’s the process of being true to your own character and demonstrating to others that you’re the real deal. However, there are a few behaviors that are fundamental to growing your authenticity and earning the trust of your employees.

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The 30-Minute Operations Meeting Blueprint

Khorus Team

Posted by Khorus Team
July 10, 2018

Did you know that a recent study reported in Harvard Business Review found that CEOs spent 72% of their total work time in meetings—and more than two-thirds of those meeting lasted an hour or more?

Meetings are, of course, a necessary fixture of how an organization functions. A well-run one can create alignment, clarity, and fresh ideas. However, the authors of the study cited above write: 

“In our debriefs, CEOs confessed that one-hour meetings could often be cut to 30 or even 15 minutes.”

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The First 100 Days as a New CEO

Carolyn Jenkins

Posted by Carolyn Jenkins
June 26, 2018

Every time we elect a new president in the United States, we watch his first hundred days in office closely. This has been the case ever since Franklin Delano Roosevelt's inauguration in 1933, amid the devastation of the Great Depression. FDR initiated a flurry of activity, enacting fifteen major laws to push the country out of its economic plight. He set a rather high bar, and we've judged subsequent presidents by it.

But it's not only presidents whose who face this "first hundred days" proving ground. When you become CEO—especially if you've never held the role before—you're going to be under quite a bit of scrutiny. In the opening stretch, employees, customers, and shareholders will form a sense of how you operate as a leader—and whether they will trust you and follow you.

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