Three Priorities in Ensuring a Smooth M&A Deal

AMN Healthcare Services CEO Susan Salka says its most recent acquisition of Medfinders is going “exceptionally well.” She believes the acquisition has strengthened its position as the country’s largest health care staffing company, leading to a doubling of fill rates, keeping more services “in-house”, and helping win more business. She’s pleased because AMN’s customers, leadership […]

Onboarding from the Front Foot

  All the leadership skills in the world won't make a difference if you're practicing transition management from the back foot.  On the one hand, preparation breeds confidence and the more prepared you are in advance the better – whether you are the leader moving into a new role or the boss bringing someone in […]

Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre on Inspiring and Enabling Others


When the more experienced speakers at CEO Connection’s CEO Boot Camps are asked to look back on their executive training and careers and reflect on what they most regret, every single one of them has talked about not moving faster on people. As Chiquita CEO Fernando Aguirre told me in a recent interview: I’m a […]

Transition Management Requires Depth

  There was moment in the waning moments of Saturday evening's NCAA Basketball semi-final between UConn and Kentucky when the Kentucky team ran out of gas.  It was just a moment; and during the ensuing time out, their coach, John Calipari, re-energized them.  We'll never know if that was the moment that cost them the […]

Altering Balance of Consequences: An Essential Part of Transition Management

Image via Wikipedia Changing behaviors is tough.  Three helpful leadership skills include: Assessing the current context and culture Mapping the supporters, detractors, and watchers Moving everyone one step, starting by turning the supporters into champions This is accomplished by altering the balance of consequences. Michael Brown's ABCs of Behavior Change Michael Brown's premise, which I […]