May 10, 2009

A Buyer’s Market for Talent

  If you have ever wanted to upgrade the talent in your business, now is the time.  There’s never been a better talent market and there are some highly skilled employees available that are looking to work in a place where they can make a difference. Under normal circumstances, these kinds of people are fully […]
April 27, 2009

Engage Your 4th Gear and Go Anywhere

  I knew it would happen when I named the company 4th Gear Consulting. I get a lot of questions about the name and what it means and I enjoy answering them because it really is at the heart of what we are about. Many people assume that it’s about speed and while that’s certainly […]
April 18, 2009

Building Relationships 2.0

  Back when I was building the website for my business my web designer suggested that in order to improve my network and my “web presence” I should join a site called Twitter. My first question was “what the heck is Twitter?” after which he mumbled something about where I lived and a rock. My […]
April 9, 2009

Remove the Roadblocks

  As an executive coach I have the privilege of working with some amazing business leaders. It’s extremely satisfying to help these executives make a small shift in their perspective and then watch them use their new outlook to make changes, sometimes dramatic, in their own behavior. Sometimes a very simple idea can make measurable […]
April 7, 2009

Maybe You Don’t Need a Coach

  I sometimes get asked the question early in conversations with clients “why do I need an executive coach?” The short answer is, you don’t. The question is not really if you need a coach or not, the question is how good do you want to be? A coach is simply one of the tools […]
March 31, 2009

The Next Wave

  I was talking with an executive the other day who works for a major corporation and like many companies, they have been going through several rounds of layoffs.  He mentioned that he felt safer now, they had completed the cuts in his department and he had actually been promoted as a result of the […]
March 28, 2009

Any Five Year Old Can Lead

  I asked a good friend of mine who also coaches executives what the three most important attributes of a leader were.  She listed the following three things: •    Ability to communicate •    Ability to inspire •    Ability to keep an open mind Now I might argue some other attributes could be in the top […]
March 28, 2009

About Randy Hall

  Randy Hall is the founder and principal of 4th Gear. He is passionate about developing amazing leaders and thriving, principled organizations. He believes that nothing will have greater impact on our economy, our communities, our lives and our kids’ lives. For more than two decades Randy has worked for and with organizations to help […]
March 17, 2009

Harvest Time

  Recently, I was having a conversation with a client when he mentioned that they were working harder to develop their leaders now, during the challenging economy.  I asked him how they were justifying the investment of time and money given that their business was well short of their revenue targets.  He said, “our philosophy […]
March 9, 2009

Up Off the Concrete

While doing some work with a not for profit organization recently, I was talking to a young man who had been living on the streets for quite a while.  As he was telling me a little about himself, he exclaimed “I’m a chef, that’s my profession.”  I was struck by the fact that he didn’t […]