Monday, December 22, 2014

'Tis the Time for Thanks...

A message for our customer, colleagues and network associates:

We give thanks to our customers and professional colleagues.  
Our work is a joy because we reveal the unique gifts and talents of our clients.  We help them understand obstacles to their success so that they can navigate past them.  
Last, we help our clients re-focus on what they love to do.  
Thank you for trusting us to serve you.

Wishing you great joy this          Holiday Season and 
prosperity in the New Year.
All the best to you, your family, and your organization,

Nancy Parsons, President,
 the CDR Assessment Group, Inc. Team &  CDR Executive Coaches!
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Are Any of the Eight Universal Leadership Derailers Undermining Your Success?

(Excerpted from the CDR Leadership Risk Assessment)

Leadership success and derailment largely depend upon two factors:  

1) the perceptions of others about your performance which includes your relationships with them; and 
2) your contributions or results produced for the good of the organization.  

Overwhelmingly, the first of these is the most critical in terms of leadership derailment.  A leader may have produced outstanding results; yet if he/she has damaged relationships along the way, or has operated with a lack of integrity, derailment may be inevitable.  Universally, or across organizations, leadership derailers can be defined as:



1. Erosion or betrayal of trust

lack of integrity (honesty, acting congruently with core values, showing respect, etc.), loss of credibility, over-focus on personal agenda, failure to meet commitments

2. Failure to deliver and be accountable

slow to act, studies issues and solutions too long, waits for instruction, short on results

3. Failure to adapt

resists change, difficulty with multiple priorities, lacks flexibility

4. Lack of courage and decisiveness

risk aversive, freezes under uncertainty, fails to assert views; avoids making decisions

5. Creating or endorsing a dysfunctional work environment

failure to support staff, displays  inappropriate emotionality or lack of "emotional intelligence", supports or tolerates hostile work environment 

6. Failure to develop people and organization

fails to coach, mentor others, or provide developmental resources; and, unconcerned with bench strength,organizational growth planning issues

7. Lacks forward-looking and inspirational approach

lacks a vision, can't rally troops to produce; does not build enthusiasm toward stretch goals

8. Lack of objectivity and broadmindedness

narrow views, undervalues diversity, strives to preserve personal wishes and bias, not perceived as fair, shows favoritism, does not consider sufficient views or sufficient data in decision making

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(Authors:  Kimberly Leveridge, Ph.D. & Nancy E. Parsons)  

Monday, December 8, 2014


WINNING AT ENTREPRENEURSHIP by Rod Robertson is an in-depth and real life guide on how to hunt for, buy, build and ultimately sell own your business.
"Winning at Entrepreneurship: Insider Tips on Buying, Building, and Selling Your Own Business" by Rod Robertson is now available at Amazon.    CDR Assessment Group, Inc.'s President, Nancy Parsons, chapter is titled "Assessing Your Entrepreneurial Capability."   Parsons' goal is to help readers understand what it takes, from a personality and motivational standpoint, to be a hugely successful entrepreneur. 

Robertson's insightful and entertaining book takes you deep inside the world of how to put a deal together and buy the business you always wanted. Equally important, it teaches you to avoid the highway to business hell by not getting seduced by the wrong deal that could ruin your life. For most all of us, we have one shot at the winner's circle of business ownership and this easy to read roadmap provides you with truly up-to-date professional advice and knowledge. Whether you're a novice first time buyer to the experienced entrepreneur, you will receive the latest tips and techniques on how to present yourself to the marketplace, raise cash, understand how to value a business and structure a deal to your advantage.

Parsons Chapter Begins

"You may be surprised to learn that the real reason that only about 10% of entrepreneurs succeed is because very few people have the hard wiring to succeed.   Many people have some of the inherent capabilities needed but very few have the whole package.  Before investing your life savings and your blood, sweat, and tears in a new venture, consider two things:  1) your inherent suitability as an entrepreneur and 2) your team's make up and balance.

Your entrepreneurial capability cannot be evaluated by considering your educational pedigree, skills, and experience as sufficient data for this all-consuming business leap..."
About the Author:

Rod Robertson is the Managing Partner of Briggs Capital a Boston based international Mergers & Acquisition firm that he has managed since 2001. Rod has personally led over fifty successful transactions in buying, selling and raising capitals for deals typically ranging up to $30M in size. 
Rod Robertson

Rod enjoys public speaking and is an annual guest at the Harvard Business School and Babson MBA programs among other educational institutions around the globe. Rod is a constant voice on the airwaves and in print in the mergers and acquisition world. He has traveled to over 55 countries lecturing and growing his collection of military antiques. He was most recently the Head Delegate of a trade mission to the Ukraine as well as other countries in that region.  The book website is:

About Nancy Parsons

Nancy co-founded CDR Assessment Group, Inc. and she co-developed the
Nancy Parsons
break-through CDR 3-D Suite (Leadership Character, Risks and Drivers & Rewards Assessments) in 1998 that has been translated to five languages for global clients.  She has over 25 years expertise in leadership development & coaching, assessments, training, organizational development, and HR. Parsons has presented at international, national and regional industry conferences and has instructed coaching skills workshops for more than 1000 leaders and consultants from global organizations.   


How Rod & Nancy Connected...

Nearly 10 years ago Rod contacted Nancy as he had a client interested in entering the assessment business.  While a business deal was not made back then, Rod took the CDR 3-D Suite Assessments and had coaching feedback with Nancy which made a lasting impression on him.  
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Friday, December 5, 2014

CDR End of Year Sale, Houston Office Opens, and more!

The CDR 3-D Suite is unmatched in scope, accuracy and relevance to leadership performance and development.  This is a GREAT time to purchase credits for coaching and developing your leaders and staff at a discount!

For pre-pay orders received from December 15 through January 15, 2015:   
  • $35 off CDR 3-D Suites* (full reports only; minimum 10 Suites) 
  • When ordering 100 Suites or more**, $50 off per Suite 
  • Assessment credits purchased will be good for assessments through January 31, 2016
 To order, contact: or call 918-488-0722 to order today!  

*This discount is off of the regular $350 Suite price for e-copy reports and accompanying data sheets only.  No discounts on printed versions.  Some other restrictions may apply and this offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or contracts.  The 360 Leader Scan and selection assessments are not part of this sale.
**For orders of 100 or more, 50% pre-pay with monthly payments thereafter.

Why Consider CDR's Accelerated Leadership Coaching

Many executive coaches take weeks or even months to get at key issues in the coaching process. This is not the case with CDR Assessment Group's global executive coaching team.  We tee off with the CDR 3-D Suite at the first coaching session to accelerate the process by revealing a clear blueprint for development.   So, rather than taking 2 to 3 months "getting to know" your leaders, CDR Coaches begin right away with sharpening self awareness to yield measurable, productive results.  Positive change begins with the first coaching session.  

We save our clients valuable time and money by cutting to the chase about what it will take each leader to be the best they can be.  Leaders gain insights to re-energize and focus on what drives them to succeed.   

We don't dance, spin or hold clients' hands.  We get to work by equipping leaders to embrace and build their authentic capability.

CDR Executive Coaching Certification 2015 Workshop Dates & Locations:

Feb 25 & 26, 2015  Houston 
April 8 & 9, 2015 Philadelphia
July 22 & 23, 2015 Denver
November 11 - 12, 2015 Dallas

We are also planning to add a Toronto, Canada session in January or February, so please call 918-488-0722 or email if you would like a brochure and if you have interest in enrolling.
CDR Introduces Houston Office...

Since 1998, CDR has based in Tulsa and has offered services through our network of globally dispersed certified executive coaches and consultants who are foremost leaders in the industry. We are delighted to announce the addition of a Houston based CDR consulting office convenient to energy corridor clients.  Stay tuned for upcoming introductory test-run sessions for Houston-based leadership development and HR/OD internal experts.   Or, to reserve a personal meeting to learn more about our services and break-through tools, call 918.630.6628.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

EBOLA VIRUS - What You Need to Know by William C. Parsons, MD, MPH

Ebola virus has made the news, and has been somewhat sensationalized as the first case has been diagnosed in Dallas.  The patient was in Liberia at a family funeral.  He returned to the US, and four days after arriving at his Dallas home, he became sick.  He was hospitalized in isolation at a Dallas hospital and died this morning.  Preliminary reports have now surfaced that a second patient (a family contact) is in the process of being tested.  Ebola is now in America.  How concerned should you be?  You should be aware of the situation, but by no means should you be highly fearful.

Ebola is not spread like influenza or the common cold.  These diseases are spread by airborne droplets from a cough or sneeze.  Ebola requires direct contact with bodily fluids from a clinically sick patient.  The disease starts like a simple flu, but over 48 hours, it rapidly deteriorates to a painful, debilitating condition with bleeding from all body orifices.  In over 50% of cases, death occurs within 72 to 96 hours of this stage.  The dead body fluids are infectious and may be the source infection for the Dallas patient.

The infectious bodily fluids must come from a clinically sick patient.  A patient is not infectious during the incubation period.  This infected fluid must either enter a break in the skin or through a mucus membrane (mouth, eye, etc.) to infect a new host.  Prompt use of soap and water can remove the virus from intact skin.  The risk of infection is the highest for family members, intimate contacts, and healthcare workers.  It is very low for the local community population.

The incubation period is 2 to 21 days with the average being 6 to 9 days.  The initial symptom is a fever above 101.5 F (38.6 C).  All patient contacts are to be monitored for this sentinel fever for a full 21 days.  If a fever appears, that person is immediately quarantined and tested for the disease.  If there is no fever in the 3 weeks, the contact’s monitoring is stopped and that person is declared disease free.  These actions are currently in use for approximately 80 individuals in Dallas.

In conclusion, this is a serious, deadly disease that we should be regarding with awareness.  Risk of infection involves intimate contact with a clinically sick individual that has had some connection with a West African source.  The spread can be controlled using common Public Health measures that are available in most US hospitals and larger communities.  The risk for the general US population is minimal at this time. 

We are monitoring the spread of this disease and the levels of risk for the duration of this epidemic.  We are not only monitoring the US situation, but also the spread in Africa.   Should threat levels change, we will be providing updates as soon as information is available.

William (Bill) Parsons is the Chief Medical Officer of Phillips 66.  He directs the Company wide medical surveillance programs and internally consults to management, human resources, legal, and safety regarding matters that have a medical or health component.  He oversees the medical operations of 14 refinery medical clinics and 3 corporate medical clinics staffed by 20 registered nurses, 4 physician assistant/nurse practitioners along with 15 part time contracted physicians.

Dr. Parsons has been a physician for 30 years and is a Fellow in Occupational Medicine and is also board certified in Family Medicine.  He has an extensive medical background in the petrochemical industry having also held medical positions in CITGO Petroleum, Phillips Petroleum Company, and Sunoco.  In addition, he was an associate professor for 5 years with the University of Oklahoma Department of Family Medicine in Tulsa.  Academically, he holds a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters of Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri.

Bill is married to Nancy Parsons, President of CDR Assessment Group, Inc.