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Testimonials

"Barb has a great appreciation and understanding for the Twin Cities labor market. Her network can make great things happen for her clients."
-Buckley Brinkman
Executive Director/CEO
Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, WMEP
"Being part of Barb’s network is like being part of a special club!"-Steve Yockey
Client Management Executive
Distribution Alternatives, Inc.
Lino Lakes, MN
" Barb provides an uplifting and endless supply of positive energy that is helpful in re-framing your point of view, and refocusing your efforts to be more strategic."-Kevin Gerdes
Brigadier General
Minnesota National Guard
"Barb helped me with negotiating skills to realize a higher salary and other benefits for a higher compensation package in my new role."-Greg Keup
CFO and Treasurer
APi Group, Inc.
"Barb was a tremendous coach in a period of transition. She approached my search with both strategic and tactical insight - supporting and challenging me along the way.”-Kevin Hogan
President
Stylmark, Inc.
“Barbara achieves success with a warm smile combined with a laser like focus. Having Barbara in your career corner is a big plus!”-Neil Anderson
Founder/President
The Courage Group, Inc.
“Barb’s impeccable character, keen insight, and executive coaching experience enables her to quickly develop a client-focused action plan that generates results.”-George Glaros
Founder
Marketing Ventures, Inc.
"Barb truly understands the marketplace and uses that knowledge to help her clients build and manage positive relationships with all career stakeholders."-Thom Telfer
Partner
Chandler Group Executive Search
"Barb’s strategic focus, contagious energy, positive attitude and dedication to the success of her clients are innate gifts which empower others to achieve success through her coaching."-Diane Nanstad
Business Project Manager
"When my knees get wobbly, Barb has been there as a true wing woman understanding the uncertainty of it all and courageously asking more of me."-Mark Faris
Speaker & Author
"Barb is very outcomes-based in how she partners with her executive clients and displays great empathy, understanding and commitment to their success."-Susan Fiscus
Right Management
Vice President, Strategic Business Development Consultant
"Barb’s counsel and insight have yielded tangible dividends.  I navigated the recruitment process with a more strategic approach and the results were successful within six months."-Bobbi Kochevar
North Memorial Medical Center
Director of Diagnostics
"Barb provided critical insight to help me succeed in a competitive, selective job market."-Scott A. Bybee
Sr. Products Launch Program Manager, NetApp
Boulder, Colorado

Executive Career Coaching

The View from the Top of the Hill, by John Maxwell

by John Maxwell"Everything worthwhile is uphill". "I've been saying that a lot lately. Because it's a fact.

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Vision and Values are Essential to Building an Effective Team

I've managed a number of teams over the years. Some I built from scratch; some I inherited and then changed over time. While each team had its unique characteristics, they had two main similarities, which influenced - I would even say enabled - their ability to succeed: a shared vision and a set of shared values.

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Shift Happens! Leading Compassionately Through Change

Change management is a term that gets used fairly loosely when companies hope to implement change. It can seem fairly straightforward. The company wants to move from x to z.

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Santa Brands Himself at ECI Holiday Open House

At this year's ECI Holiday Open House, one of our clients dressed up like the Jolly Old Elf himself and performed his branding commercial! We had so much fun! Take a look:

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3 of the Worst Kind of Networkers

Networking. A word that strikes fear into almost anyone-right up there with public speaking. "Blah, do I have to walk up to strangers and try to not look like a loser?

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Five Career Killers and How to Recover

By Clark Jenkins There are many ways that we can derail our careers. Keeping our focus and doing the simple things right helps to keep us in line with the goals and values of our company. However, we often lose sight of this with our day-to-day routine.

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Understanding and Attracting Millennials

By Robyn Crigger Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation or Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates when the generation starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. Neil Howe and William Strauss, authors of the 1991 book Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069, are often credited with coining the term.

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Six Reasons To Use Leadership Consulting

By Clark Jenkins Honest and direct feedback helps executives and leaders take their skills - and performance - to the next level. Every organization has high" potential, valued employees who have been successful as individual contributors, but who fail when advanced to leadership roles. They are failing because we, as organizations, don't prepare them for leadership.

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