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Thinking Outloud

Thoughts on succession, leadership coaching, building synergistic teams and change management systems for family businesses and organizations.

Why Organizations Should Aspire for Diversity

Why Organizations Should Aspire for Diversity

The globalization of business is increasing cultural interactions, diverse employment opportunities and social interdependence, making multicultural efforts critical in the eradication of ethnocentrism and in the establishment of an inclusive organization. Attracting a diverse workforce and creating an environment of equal status is a difficult task for any company to tackle, and can become very complex when the diversity is not managed effectively. Ninety percent of leading executives from 68…

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Be Great!

Be Great!

Throughout my life, my Dad has always told me to "Be Great!" Before my first day off to a new school, my first piano recital, my first leading role, walking me down the aisle as a bride. I never understood what "great" really meant, how to know when I was being great, or what the measurement of greatness entailed. All it did was confuse and frustrate me.

How do we know when we've achieved greatness? Is greatness the supreme level of being successful, at the top of the heap and above everyone…

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Accessing Your Creativity

Accessing Your Creativity

Imagine a river flowing just above our heads. It's lush, and ever flowing. This is what I call The Creative Flow - the source of our imagination and creativity. We all experience moments when we are in the Creative Flow, but it can be elusive. When we are sourcing this flow, it is an incredible experience - ideas, energy, imagination, creativity - is in abundance. There is no struggle - we are full of curiosity, and willingness to explore the moment RIGHT NOW without judgement to discover what…

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Ricci Victorio speaks about Improvisation and Leadership Workshop at DNA Conference

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Who Needs a Compass? We have Lifeboats!

Who Needs a Compass? We have Lifeboats!

Who has time to think about strategic planning?

When have you ever heard of a Navy Admiral saying to his crew that an impending storm was going to be too intense and unpredictable to develop a strategy for navigating through it successfully? Many business owners feel that they cannot sacrifice this time to develop a strategic plan due to the day-to-day tempests they are dealing with: employee performance, accountability & (dis)engagement, keeping up in the digital marketplace, increased…

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My Interview/Conversation with Karen Kimsey-House, Co-Founder, Coaches Training Institute

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Forge a Climate of Empowerment

Forge a Climate of Empowerment

Gender inequality is defined by Oxford Reference as the social process by which people are treated differently and disadvantageously, under similar circumstances, on the basis of gender. Both men and women are susceptible to discrimination and inequality, however, I am choosing to speak from my experience as a professional woman. Gender inequality in the workplace is a form of Institutional discrimination that primarily women face on a regular basis, in male-oriented industries or as a result…

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Understanding the Languages of the Tiger and the Swan

Understanding the Languages of the Tiger and the Swan

Many business leaders find themselves asking, "Why can't it be easier? Why is it so hard for us to make decisions together and get some of the simplest things done?"

Whether your company is a professional firm, family-owned business or manufacturer, people with different communication styles can get tied into knots working together. That in turn challenges productivity and everyone's desire for a harmonious environment.

I have discovered metaphors are an easy way to demonstrate why people are…

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Being in Change

Being in Change

At the end of 2015, our partnership with a firm was brought to an end, after mutually determining it was no longer a strategic alliance, and we ventured out independently as Victorio Consulting in 2016. The decision to be an independently owned and operated consulting firm was not made lightly or quickly. Not to mention we didn't have any money to fund the transition - although we tried our hardest to forge new partnerships, it was up to us to make it all happen in real time. We were in the…

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Getting into the Family Business, Part 2

Getting into the Family Business, Part 2

Acquainting Yourself With the Family Business

If your business has been in the family for even one generation, there is a good chance you spent many summers working with Mom or Dad, doing odd jobs here and there. For me, it started with shredding paper, stickering marketing materials, and putting together binders for conventions. As I got older, the responsibilities and tasks shifted into an administrative focus. Or as I saw it, all of the boring stuff: typing notes, ordering supplies, filing,…

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