Hills Associates Blog

19 Dec 2019

My father was a brilliant example of a highly skillful and effective leader. In his quiet way, he led by example, was a strategic thinker and could redirect groups to explore and, ultimately, approve alternative decision paths. Listening intently, appreciating nuance, considering both spoken and un-spoken reactions, analyzing all dimensions of an issue, my father […]

01 Nov 2019

Apple picking, harvest fairs and everything pumpkin spice. Autumn is in full gear and that means the winter holiday season will soon be upon us. Stretching from Thanksgiving through January, it’s an important time to acknowledge your team’s hard work and have some fun. Working with my colleagues, Nanette Fridman and Faun Zarge, we’ve found […]

18 Oct 2019

Changing leaves, harvest fairs, apple picking and pumpkin spice lattes are quintessential autumnal traditions. But, if you’re the parent of a high school senior, autumn is the season of college applications. This rite of passage, anxiously anticipated since your child’s first day of preschool, is finally here. The stress level around your kitchen table reaches […]

24 Jun 2019

1. Plan. Plan. Plan. Tee your retreat up for success by thinking through the logistics well in advance. Create a small retreat planning committee and assign roles for pre, during and post-retreat follow-up. Be mindful of personalities, generations, and work styles. 2. Set clear goals. What is your team hoping to accomplish? What topics are […]

21 Jun 2019

Summer is finally here. This means longer days, better weather and….any day your boss will ask you if you’ve planned the summer retreat! For many, retreats conjure images of ropes courses, poolside drinks with coworkers or long days spent in windowless conference rooms. The pressure to deliver a day that is both productive and fun […]

18 Jun 2019

Why The Wing? June 2019 This week’s highly anticipated opening of the Boston location of The Wing, a high-end social club and co-working community for women, was met with an outpouring of great enthusiasm. In the elevator, making our way to the fifteenth floor of its Back Bay location, fellow new members greeted each other […]

23 Jan 2019

Research studies consistently report that optimal team size is 4.6 and that teams with 4 to 6 members are typically more effective at accomplishing tasks. Team members feel their voices are heard, their opinions are valued, they feel personally accountable, more central and believe they can make a significant contribution to accomplishing shared goals and […]

19 Nov 2018

Recently, I had the pleasure of a quick chat with one of my favorite go-to’s, who shared with me that she was celebrating the 40th anniversary of her business. This sparked a conversation about what differentiates those of us who have staying power from those whose ventures are short-lived. So what are the keys to […]