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About Ed Robinson

Ed Robinson is the President and Founder of Capacity Building Solutions Inc. (www.capacity-building.com), a consulting firm he started in June 2002 to focus on the business management and organizational development needs of small to medium-sized businesses and community based nonprofits. His expertise is in working with senior leaders and leadership teams to assess and address their strategic business decision making and leadership challenges. Ed also chairs three CEO/Business Owner groups and one Key Executive Group for Vistage International http://www.vistage.com), an invitation-only CEO/Business Owner peer leadership development organization. In addition, Ed has facilitated the Executive Roundtable for the Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County- http://www.entrepreneurcouncil.com/ . He is also adjunct faculty teaching leadership/management development for Mount St. Mary’s University, http://www.msmary.edu/, in their Graduate Adult Business Program.
1 Feb, 2017

Leadership Thought #484 – Regaining Leverage in The Employer-Employee Relationship

By |2017-05-08T17:15:23+00:00February 1st, 2017|Business, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|0 Comments

Employee engagement doesn’t mean coddling or succumbing to every employee need or whim.  Employers, you still and will always have more leverage in the relationship.  Lately, I’ve watched as many of you have allowed your power dynamic to shift upside down. Given the purported dearth of talent and supply of qualified candidates, you are slowly […]

19 Jan, 2017

Leadership Thought #483 – Words Matter

By |2017-05-08T17:15:23+00:00January 19th, 2017|Business, Personal, Your Leadership Role, Your Words|0 Comments

I remember my mom telling me early on that “words matter.”  Once you say something it cannot be unsaid.  Even if you apologize and/or make excuses, the imprint on another person’s brain is still there.  And, sometimes the repercussions can last for years or even a lifetime.  There are many situations where I wish I […]

13 Jan, 2017

Leadership Thought #482 – We Need Move Towards Not Away From One Another

By |2017-05-08T17:15:24+00:00January 13th, 2017|Business, Uncategorized, Your Actions, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|0 Comments

We need move towards not away from one another.  I worry that lately we are a culture that has embraced a “divide and conquer” mindset.  Instead of “win-win” we think “win-lose.”  Instead of choosing to co-exist with people who think differently from ourselves, we further and further isolate ourselves from others who could potentially expand […]

17 Nov, 2016

Leadership Thought #481 – Tony Romo is A Class Act

By |2017-05-08T17:15:28+00:00November 17th, 2016|Miscellaneous, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Words|0 Comments

Sadly, it seems rare these days when I see something that a professional athlete does that I feel sets a good example for my children and even inspires me.  One could argue that the physical abilities of athletes has grown considerably since I was young.  Their exploits on the field seem to continually set a […]

24 Aug, 2016

Leadership Thought #480 – Recruiting/Retention Is More Important Than Ever

By |2017-05-08T17:15:29+00:00August 24th, 2016|Business, Your Actions|0 Comments

The war for talent is not just a contrived theory it is reality.  Despite what our politicians may be saying, there are many good jobs out there at all levels of skill, talent and experience. In all my years of consulting/coaching I have never seen a period where so many companies have vacancies for key […]

30 Jun, 2016

Leadership Thought #479 – Leading A Business Is Hard Work

By |2017-05-08T17:15:30+00:00June 30th, 2016|Business, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role, Your Life|0 Comments

If leading organizations and people was easy, then everyone could do it.  I’ve had a number of conversations lately with clients and colleagues who are complaining about how hard they have to work.  More often than not, the average age of these people is under 45.  I try my best to be understanding and empathetic […]

3 Jun, 2016

Why We Should Be Wary of a President Trump

By |2017-05-08T17:15:31+00:00June 3rd, 2016|Miscellaneous, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role, Your Words|0 Comments

There are a lot of excuses being bandied about regarding the words of Donald Trump and that once he gets elected he will modify his rhetoric and become more presidential. Sadly, this energy is only growing.  I hear many apologists state that It was just the rigors of the political campaign season and he’s doing […]

27 May, 2016

Reflecting On Memorial Day

By |2017-05-08T17:15:31+00:00May 27th, 2016|Miscellaneous, Personal, Uncategorized|1 Comment

It's very easy to forget the significance of something the further you are removed from its reality. It used to be that war touched the majority of Americans directly, but now many of us only feel the consequences indirectly. Our nation has been at war for more than 10 years now and our troops (and those of our allies) continue to risk their life on a daily basis. Thankfully, we seem to be scaling back the required sacrifice, but the loss of even one soldier is a tragedy let alone the 4,977 that have given their life in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. This is a heavy emotional burden that will be felt by families for generations. We also shouldn't also forget the life altering injuries that tens of thousand of our troops have suffered and the devastating psychological consequences of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

17 Apr, 2016

Leadership Thought #352 – What I Learned From My Mom

By |2017-05-08T17:15:36+00:00April 17th, 2016|Miscellaneous, Personal, Your Life|3 Comments

A mother is a very special person in a child's life and if you are lucky, a lingering positive presence throughout your adult life. Much of what we first learn comes from our mom. She is often the calm in the midst of the many storms we encounter. She is there for you no matter what. I am blessed that my mom had so much to offer. The following lessons are just a small sampling of her overall impact on my life: