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NY Small Business Owner Roundtables

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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Susan of Susan Goldberg Leadership Consulting, formerly Susan Goldberg Executive Search, led two roundtables at the New York National Association of Women Business Owners small business Bootcamp, entitled, “Leading in Wonderland”.  The description of those sessions, “What does great leadership look like in today’s economy?  We’ll talk about that and tips on how to better manage your organization in a new, unprecedented business environment that has no rules.”

Using topics and lessons culled from the first few chapters of Susan’s book, “Leadership in Wonderland”, bringing them into real world anecdotes from working with her clients, and then having the small business owners who attended sharing their own experiences and questions, was rewarding for all of us.  The themes we covered were accepting change as a given, the effects of gossip on a company overall  (its leadership and entire staff), and when to ask for and accept help as a leader/CEO.   The presidents who attended, admitted that asking for help was the most difficult lesson they had learned.  However, they also acknowledged having a board, mentor, and/or coach were seen to be one of the most beneficial things a business owner or senior executive can do for themselves.

One of the attendees wrote an appreciative review after the roundtable.  Thank you, Lena!  Here is her email:

Hi Susan,

Thanks so much for your message! I had an immense joy speaking with you and learning about leadership aspects outlined in your book. I found them unique and challenging. It was great having a one on one discussion; I felt that I really got to connect with your ideas.

As for my expectations, your workshop has exceeded them! Not only you covered a new type of leaders (younger generation) but also went in depth challenging sensitive topics like accepting change and communication.

Our discussion has brought up a couple of recent situations that I had on my mind regarding reaching out for help, ‘gossip’ and connecting with my team. Thank you for putting my mind at ease 🙂 Sometimes it helps even just to talk those things through to overcome a mental block that you’re dealing with.

Weekend in Manhattan was a ton of fun! Hopefully, it won’t be long before I’m back in the city 🙂

Have a great week!

Lena


Lena Levine

Creative Director & Owner

lenalevinestudio.com

The Interviewer is Interviewed

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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With the digital version of our book, “Leadership in Wonderland” available on Amazon and with the paperback version recently being listed on Amazon and on our website, www.leadershipinwonderland.com, the tables were turned on us.  For once, Susan, who usually does interviewing on behalf of her clients, became the focal point of an interview herself, when the members of the AESC, the Association of Executive Search Consultants, Global Marketing and Communications department,  became curious about the book.   How did the book come about? What’s so important about embracing change?  Can leadership groups benefit from reading and discussing this together?  All this would be answered in a question and answer.  That Q&A was published in the AESC’s Bluesteps blog on January 5, 2017.  You can read it at:  https://www.bluesteps.com/blog/leadership-wonderland  or on our blog at www.leadershipinwonderland.com

This Note is for You

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Want something short and enjoyable to read with your morning coffee?  A quick pit stop from the NASCAR of your day? Susan at SGES wanted to connect and entertain but in a fraction of what it takes to read the headlines in the WSJ or the usual industry newsletter.  A few paragraphs that you can digest in a few sips.  As most entrepreneurs, she realized that her attention span was getting shorter, particularly with the amount of information she has to read everyday, increasing.  She didn’t have time to read multi-page cover-letters, resumes, newsletters… So she took to crafting email blasts that she would like to receive: short, fun, timely and to the point. Hopefully, a way to stay in touch that would be appreciated (therefore no mention of our accomplishments or placements).  The emails are written for the reader.  They will arrive periodically with no set schedule.  We hope they will be a welcome addition to your workday.

Get Your Forms

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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You don’t want to write in your book?  You can’t write on a kindle or ebook?  Not a problem.  You can go to the website: www.leadershipinwonderland.com and download and print the fillable forms.  While there, you can read the blog posts written before publishing, learn about the authors, discover the “Leadership…” related workshops, and watch the video interview.

Wait, are you perhaps lost?  Please allow me to backtrack.  SGES founder, Susan Goldberg, and a colleague,  Rebecca Lacy of Pinnacle Management Group, self-published a refreshingly fun view of becoming a better leader, titled “Leadership in Wonderland”.  The kindle version  is available and was recently updated.  The hard copy will be available in mid to late November 2016.  The book fills today’s need of a written work on leadership that is welcoming, accessible to all, and offers no prescription of what to think; instead the reader would be entertained by the short book and invited to participate and respond to the questions within the workbook so they can see how they personally process information, judge and act.  In our social times, this naturally leads to meaningful conversations with others, to gather their feedback, about topics included in the book, such as: building relationships with potential allies, navigating conflict, understanding others agendas, inspiring communication between different departments, etc.

The book grew out of an executive search consultant and a training coach’s experiences with senior executives who were never taught how to lead others and didn’t know what they didn’t know.  There was no one around to impart wisdom to the new leaders, therefore they were stuck.  A book that would help them get unstuck and that didn’t produce fear or anxiety because it was disguised as a storybook and seen to be fun and unorthodox, was just the thing they could use.

You can read all about it on the new website, www.leadershipinwonderland.com which just launched, and you can read the first chapter there as well.  You want the whole thing?  You can purchase it at Amazon http://amzn.to/2eK24vV

We also welcome you to reach the two authors at leadershipinwonderland@gmail.com

Grab some tea or coffee and sit with Alice and her book.  Alice Liddell, of Alice in Wonderland fame, is looking forward to having adventures with you.

Considering Non-Profit

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Have you ever considered a career in non-profit?   According to the media, it is a growing trend.  Of course, you want to make a difference, but does that mean non-profit is the right career choice for you?

During the past few years, as our company devotion towards supporting non-profits has grown, so have the number of conversations, SGES/Susan Goldberg Executive Search Consulting (or we), have had with former clients, candidates, colleagues, mentors, mentees about this subject.  What we’ve realized is that many who made the transition from for profit to non-profit, left it as quickly as they could.  It wasn’t for them.  It was a hasty decision. This has even been true of those who have been on the board of a non-profit and then became its Executive Director. It’s a different experience being on the outskirts from living the day to day.

In speaking with Nick Small, Managing Editor for Nonprofit Hub, an online educational community dedicated to giving nonprofits everything they need to better their organizations and communities, he also mentioned that he was having conversations which were similar to ours.   We decided it would be helpful to all those people who were contemplating joining a non-profit to be able to access a written piece that would explain a likely transition so that they could visualize it before they started interviewing.  The article should address both the seasoned executive from for profit and the recent graduate who was considering it as a first career.   Here is the article, which became so lengthy, that it became a two part article.  Let us know what you think.   If you can’t access the articles from these links, you can find them on the nonprofithub.org website.   http://bit.ly/2cj3WKJ  http://bit.ly/2cyPhZ8

 

Living a Childhood Dream

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

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Have you ever had a dream as a child that you wanted to fulfill so much that it stayed with you as you got older? Perhaps you wanted to produce a film, act on Broadway, curate an art exhibit?  Or maybe you wanted to be responsible for saving a life, setting an athletic world record, or creating something that enhances a number of people’s lives?  They’re all wonderful.

I’m Susan Goldberg .  I’ve always wanted to be an author.  I even had a pen name chosen.  Years passed,  my life became more practical.  I had two careers, the current one kept me very busy and fulfilled and I felt good about all the companies and individuals I have helped  in my business, but I wasn’t an author.  Time went by.  I wondered if I would ever see a glimpse of that dream become a reality.  It only had to be one book.

July 18, 2016 the kindle version of my book was released (the paperback will launch in early Fall).  And, what made it even better is that I had a co-author, Rebecca Lacy, who helped make it happen.  In fact, because she rekindled that spark and challenged me that we could do this, that we did.  We worked together seamlessly, with one voice, and with much joy.

“Leadership in Wonderland”,  available on Amazon Kindle is a work of fiction with a workbook attached.  The book was written for young professionals, first time entrepreneurs, creatives and other non-traditional leaders to discover or reinforce your leadership strengths and be alerted to the things you were never taught but it was assumed you knew .   It involves self-evaluation, problem solving and coming to terms with preconceived notions and biases you may not be aware that you hold.  But the book is also for the dreamer who lives in all of us.   Perhaps not a coincidence that the main character in “Leadership in Wonderland”, Alice, drawn from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” was also a dreamer.  Hmmmm.

Got a dream?  It will never go away until you make it real.  Come on, take that first step.