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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.
31 Jul, 2018

Leadership Thought #403 – What Makes A Great President

By |2018-07-31T09:41:51+00:00July 31st, 2018|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role|2 Comments

In less than two months we will have a presidential election here in the United States. Billions of dollars have been spent trying to influence voters to lean one way or another. Interestingly enough a majority of people will simply vote their party line and put very little effort into understanding the position of the other candidate or their leadership abilities. As a result, a comparatively small number of swing voters in an equally small number of states will end up deterring the final outcome. As someone who certainly has a strong sense of party loyalty but has crossed party lines on many occasions this has always frustrated me. No one party has the market cornered on good ideas or is the sole wellspring of capable leaders - the history of our nation has proven this. I have spent considerable time studying leadership and observing leaders. I also enjoy reading about the presidency and the 43 occupants of the oval office. In my humble opinion, the most successful presidents have exhibited the following traits:

14 Jul, 2018

Leadership Thought #367 – Be Authentic and Honest In Your Communication

By |2018-07-14T18:31:28+00:00July 14th, 2018|Personal, Your Life, Your Words|0 Comments

I find that most of us tend to avoid the emotionally difficult or awkward conversation. Instead of addressing an issue head on, we "beat around the bush" or try and avoid the issue altogether. This puts the onus on the other person to become a verbal detective and/or force the issue. This isn't fair to them or us. Moreover, I find that most of these types of exchanges devolve into a passive-aggressive dynamic which is unhealthy for the relationship. You ever notice that avoidance never works - it just delays the inevitable. In matters of importance to you or someone else, when you don't say what you truly mean (or feel) this is the textbook definition of be inauthentic as fellow human being.

4 Jul, 2018

The Courage Of Our Founding Fathers

By |2018-07-04T09:50:25+00:00July 4th, 2018|Miscellaneous, Uncategorized|4 Comments

As we get set to celebrate another Independence Day here in the United States, we should rightfully pay tribute the obvious courage that had to be exhibited by our Founding Fathers 236 years ago. Many of these men had much to lose and only marginal personal benefits to gain by signing the Declaration of Independence. They were already part of the established social and economic order and for the most part were beneficiaries of the existing system. In fact, although we often hear about the select few who rose to historical prominence, most of the others suffered great personal hardship as a result of their decision.

25 Jun, 2018

Excerpts from Jim Collin’s Book, “How The Mighty Fall”

By |2018-06-25T15:54:32+00:00June 25th, 2018|Business, Your Decisions, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

Great book worth reading by every business leader – How The Mighty Fall

I just wish he published more often…

Five Stages of Decline:

  1. Hubris Born of Success
  2. Undisciplined Pursuit of More
  3. Denial of Risk and Peril
  4. Grasping for Salvation
  5. Capitulation to Irreverence or Death

“The concept of hubris is defined as excessive pride that brings down […]

31 May, 2018

Leadership Thought #490 – How To Avoid Self-Sabotage

By |2018-06-01T19:03:22+00:00May 31st, 2018|Business, Personal, Your Actions, Your Life, Your Relationships|0 Comments

It seems like almost every day we read online or in print media about another famous person or business leader who commits self-sabotage.  It’s almost as if they can’t help it.  There is something about success which turns certain people against themselves.   You would think getting to the top of the mountain in life […]

16 May, 2018

Leadership Thought #476 – Five Traits That Separate The Best Leaders From The Pack

By |2018-05-26T08:19:43+00:00May 16th, 2018|Business, Your Actions, Your Leadership Role|0 Comments

Because of my line of my work I am fortunate to spend time with many successful people and study and research the topic even more. One theme that runs through of my experience/research is that financial success (while important) is not the primary driver of an individual business leader’s success. It is more of an […]

26 Apr, 2018

Leadership Thought #438 – Good People WILL Leave Your Organization

By |2018-04-26T18:10:50+00:00April 26th, 2018|Business, Your Leadership Role, Your Relationships|3 Comments

If you employ people, the reality is that employees will come and go. It is extremely rare that someone will take the entire business journey with you (or that you should want them to). A good company still experiences 10-15% turnover each year. One of my old bosses once told me that "The only certainty he had was that he was there at the beginning and would be there until he sells out or hands off the reigns to someone. More than likely, just about everyone else will come and go at some point. All you can do is strive to maximize the mutual benefit of the employer-employee relationship while they are here. You want to create an environment where good people want to stay, but accept the fact they will eventually leave, often for reasons beyond your control.” At the time I thought this was a bit cynical, but I see his wisdom more clearly many years later (Note: I left).