What others are reading

What has worked

As my blog has grown, the potential of it to be overwhelming increases.  Where to start?  Which articles are most likely to resonate with you?  One of the things that I have learned doing this is that what I think is important or interesting is irrelevant. Had I been forced to rank my articles in order of their contribution, I would have been 100% wrong. Given this feedback, I thought it might be helpful to provide the most read contributions to help my readers find the articles that have attracted the most attention. I will also point out a few ‘sleepers’ or articles that I expected to do well that have not attracted that much attention.   I do get from my understanding of statistics that this information will add bias to my readership by directing people to high interest articles further reinforcing their popularity standings. However, the object of this exercise is to provide my readers with the maximum benefit from my work. So, without further ado, here in order of number of hits are my most read articles as of July 2016:

Note that throughout this blog that text that is highlighted in a a color other than black (red on my computer) is hyperlinked meaning that you can jump from where you are to the linked text by clicking the colored word(s).  Unless, I have made an error or committed an oversight, this should result in the linked item opening in a new window.


The about page tells folks what the blog is about and a little about how I came to be the leading authority on Interim Executive Services .  A very high percentage of visitors are viewing this page

Why do CEOs get fired or leave organizations anyway?

This article that was published over a year ago has been a surprise.  CEO turnover in healthcare is rampant and the average tenure of a hospital CEO is around three years according to the ACHE.  I guess this article struck a cord with CEOs that are trying to stay employed and those that wonder what all of this turnover is about.


What should you look for in an interim executive agreement?

Apparently, a fair number of decision makers are looking into Interim Executive Services as a means of enhancing their capabilities, managing a transition event or dealing with problems.  This article delves into the contracting process related to securing an interim and it continues to receive a lot of traffic.

How do I get ahead?

This more recent article is targeted at career climbers and addresses the question of what it takes to gain career success.  It is gratifying to see that there are still a few people left that are willing to work and invest in themselves to advance their career.

There’s nothing I can do for you

This is one of my newest articles and it addresses the frustration of striving for the achievement of transformative results in a stressed or distressed organization.  The article reveals another of my epiphanies.  I think it is resonating because the feedback to this article indicates that the frustration I expressed is fairly widely shared.

An old epiphany AKA my Barbara Mandrell story

Another of my epiphanies and a story about why the culture in an organization is so hard to change.  I have been surprised by the fact that this article has done as well as it has. I think the concept of business problems being easy by comparison to changing culture is resonating with leaders searching for answers to their questions about how to improve their probability of success.  These folks should be equally interested in my article entitled, “There are only two problems in any organization.”

So you want to become an interim executive?

This article that was posted in late June is getting off to an outstanding start reinforcing my belief that there is a growing population of people that are so fed up with the typical executive rat race that they are beginning to look at Interim Executive Services as a career choice

What has not worked

No listing of what has worked or is popular would be complete without acknowledgement of things that have not worked or are not as popular as I would have expected.  I have put a fair amount of effort into several articles that I expected would be hits only to see them languish.  I don’t know if I failed to give them a sufficiently catchy title or if their title did not give sufficient insight into articles that might provide valuable insights.  I should have known better than to write on ‘sadistics’ and the responses of two articles on the subject validate my opening comments on the first article that is that anyone that has ever been subjected to statistics swears the subject off and spends the rest of their life avoiding the topic.  Never the less, I still think a lot of people could learn something from the application of evidence and analysis to business decision making but I digress.  Here are a few articles that are looking for some love:

Types of interim executives and types of clients

This post is about a year old and I have been very disappointed in its performance.  Research and my personal experience have shown me that there are big differences in the sophistication of both decision makers of interim services and the providers.  I have seen decision makers whose sole objective was to get someone, anyone with a heart beat into a role.  Similarly, I have seen people that were not serious about interim work take roles they were not prepared for and in the process harming their client inadvertently if not purposefully as they endeavored to pursue their self interests by interfering  with a search.  I guess decision makers that choose to remain unsophisticated deserve what they get.

If the executive is going to get fired anyway, why do they need a contract or severance?

This article was written in response to a question about severance packages.  I endeavor to explain why I think severance packages are not only the right thing for an organization to do but they have become competitively necessary to recruit top talent.  Unfortunately, when a hiring decision turns out to be an error or an executive engages in inappropriate behavior or activity, the severance package adds sting to the disruptive process of replacing the executive.

More sadistics

I should have known better.  Most people do not dislike statistics, they have a patent loathing for the topic.  I should not be surprised that there was not much interest in this article. I am disappointed none the less because  in this article, I talk about what can and cannot be proven with statistics.  I give a number of examples of how failure to understand what you are looking at can lead to incorrect inferences (spurious correlations).  I remain committed to the concept that better understanding of quantitative methods can help all of us become better decision makers and as a result, better leaders.

How do you find an interim executive?

This article was one of my first and it has been a disappointment.  I wrote this because I have seen decision makers struggle with the process and decisions necessary to obtain appropriate interim executive services and I have seen mistakes that could have been prevented.  I think the failure of this article to resonate is an example of how some leaders remain committed to their Ouija board when they should be seeking evidence to improve their decision making and outcomes.

The people in the lobby

In this article, I bear my heart and soul.  It was inspired by moving experiences that have profoundly shaped my thinking about my role and purpose in a healthcare organization.  This article led to some of the most inspiring feedback I have ever received and more comments than I usually see.  Never the less, the readership of what I would have rated as some of my best work has not been what I would have hoped.


I hope that this guide helps you to make the most efficient use of your time if you are interested in finding the content here that might be of value to you.  If you are just looking for what I hope will be interesting reading, you can start from either end and read through the entire blog as time permits.  There is no order to the articles.  They appear as they are published.  With the exception of the two articles about sadistics, each posting is mutually exclusive of the others.  Every time I get an idea, I start a draft.  At any given time, I have about a dozen draft articles in various stages of completion.  If you are interested in seeing me write on a topic of interest to you, please feel free to let me know.  Some of my best performing articles were written to address someone’s question.

I wish to conclude this article by thanking each and every one of my readers.  The traffic on this web site encourages me to continue.  The comments and questions inspire me to write on different topics.  The positive feedback justifies the time and effort I put into this work.  I am blessed and honored more than I can express by your interest in and support of this work.  I appreciate you and my hope is that you find jewels of insight or wisdom that makes you a better person and better at what you do.

Thank You

Ray Snead