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February 2022

Welcome Back,

A key to success for any organization is to have a focus on the future, and to have the right leader in place to steer into that future. For this month's newsletter, we share the top 5 leadership competencies listed in "Coaching The CEO" by John O. Burdett, a world authority on corporate culture and international leadership. But first, here are our Featured Candidates and Positions.


Featured Candidates for Employers

Candidate 1: Outstanding Problem Solving Science / Red-X practitioner

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This candidate is a RED-X Master and a SIX SIGMA Master Black Belt who has successfully implemented and executed problem solving science initiatives across their multi-billion dollar, global team. This individual has mentored other team members to achieve operational excellence and continuous improvement projects for their Tier One automotive supplier. This candidate has coached and led projects that has saved their company over $2.5 Million in the last 2 years. This person has excellent direct management experience, leading a team across 9 countries. This candidate is mobile and can relocate anywhere in North America (authorized to work in USA only but open to Canada or Mexico if visa sponsorship is an option). For more information on this candidate, please call 313-887-8300 ex. 102 or email

Candidate 2: Vice President of Marketing, Top 20 Auto Dealership Group

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This candidate currently works for a top 20 USA based automotive dealers group, with dealerships across the United States. The candidate is responsible for all corporate and store level marketing and communications to internal and external audiences. Some accomplishments include: 1. Saved individual dealerships an average of $79k per year on commercial, collateral, and media cost by standardizing formats and platforms. 2. Increased foot traffic by 18% across all dealerships and increased individual website traffic by almost 40%. 3. Rollout of standardized lead generation and conversion process, that had a measure positive increase in sales of 14% (pre-Covid). 4. Successfully integrated over 15 new acquisition dealerships into the corporate marketing methodology. Would prefer to stay in the Southeastern USA, but would also consider West or Southwest. For more information on this candidate, please call 313-887-8300 ex. 102 or email


Featured Positions for Job Seekers

Position: Multi-Site Plant Manager

Our client company is an exciting and growing manufacturer with a broad product and industry offering. In this role you will have full operational and financial responsibility for three plant locations that produce final products to multiple customers. The plants have several processes including forging, machining, finishing, electronics and assembly. The company offers a competitive salary with a preferred bonus program and a lot of career advancement opportunity. We are looking for someone with clear success in managing manufacturing operations and a background of material planning is a plus. The position must be located in the Midwest town where two of the three plants are located. Third party relocation benefits are also offered for candidates outside of the region. Please contact 313-887-8300 ex. 102 or email for more information.


Leadership Competencies, Today and Tomorrow

A leader who only gets better at what they have always done is ultimately sowing the seeds of their own failure. What will success in the role look like three to five years from now? What role-specific competencies define future performance?

The accelerating rate of change, the digital revolution that is engulfing us, shaping an organization that, of necessity, will look very different from organizations in the past – means that tomorrow's leadership will be very different. It doesn't stop there, though. What social, economic, political, marketplace and forces internal to the business define tomorrow's challenge/opportunity? How will iGen and millennials define the emerging organization culture? How will gig employment, crowdsourcing and social media define the nature of work? What disruptive technologies lie just over the horizon? In what ways will the shortage of top talent limit what's possible?

When the context changes it changes for every organization – no matter the size and location – and every leader.


Five competencies, in particular, would appear to have future currency:

1. Digital direction: Anticipating where and how the emerging technology will change the strategic fortunes of the business. A willingness to act.

2. Leadership reach: The ability to work concurrently with very different people, in very different businesses, in different parts of the world.

3. Comfort with ambiguity: More interested in doing the right thing than being right, risk oriented, fails fast and moves on, leads through values and not edicts, comfortable with being uncomfortable.

4. Learning how to learn: Someone who reads, the courage to let go, curiosity, constantly challenging the status quo, willing to explore what's possible, pushing to the edge, a natural collaborator.

5. Culture savvy: Creating tomorrow's organization today. Hiring and coaching with tomorrow's culture in mind. Building an organization that displays a quality best defined as "StrAgility".

Defining tomorrow's leadership success is an imperative for: (1) the current leader; and (2) as a platform for developing a successor. Can the incumbent succeed into the role-specific they are currently in? Do they have a successor? Developing a successor is a fiduciary responsibility. It also means mastery in coaching.

Insights from "Coaching The CEO" by John O. Burdett, Orxestra Inc., © 2019


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