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May 2013
Danger Ahead!!! 
Beware the three dangerous traps in finding new leaders


The hole that is created when a key leader leaves an organization is often frightening, to say the least - and the desire to fill that hole can lead to high anxiety and knee-jerk reactions. The impulse to move quickly can often lead to poor decisions, and poor decisions can lead to a downward spiral of problems for the leadership team and the organization. Beware these traps:
1) The "Rush to Hire" trap - Fear of the "unmanaged" organization or program often leads to a quick hire - sometimes the most convenient hire - someone we know, someone on staff -- without taking the time to get clear about the skills, background, and experience needed to guide the organization successfully into its next phase of life. 


2) The "Good Interview" trap - We are often attracted to good interviewees and may choose based on emotion rather than combining a "good energy" interview with an analysis of whether or not the candidate actually possesses the skills, experience, and demonstrated abilities necessary to deliver in the areas the organization will need in the coming months and years ahead. The skills, experience, and abilities needed are not likely to be the same as those possessed by the last leader. 

3) The "Same or Different?" trap - If the last leader was well-liked and successful, the desire to hire someone similar will be the mode of operation. If the leader was not well liked, was dismissed, or unsuccessful, the inclination might be to look for someone with the opposite or different skills or characteristics. Neither approach is a safe strategy for finding the right next leader.

These traps of engaging a new leader often play out in subtle ways. Here are some ways to avoid these traps and do a better job at finding the right next leader:
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What are your favorites? ipad app photo
  • Simple Mind App ~ mind mapping tool for imagining new scenarios - free 
  • HopStop ~ Finding the fastest route in the tri-state region - free 
  • IRecorder Pro - for recording minutes, interviews - $2.99   
  • Dropbox - Your documents will be available where-ever and whenever - free
  • Evernote - Got a great idea? Keep track of it - free 
  • Find my iPhone - No more worries, this tracks all your apple products!   

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We have been doing a lot of reading this month, and here are a few articles that stood out to us. Please let us know what you found interesting on our blog.

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In This Issue
- Letter from Don Crocker
- Staff Picks - Apps
- Brooklyn Children's Museum
- Brooklyn Craft Center
- Tweets for Thought
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