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A passionate architect at the intersection of opportunities and talent.

My professional experiences remain in career and relationship management. Integrity, humility, and service are a match with the core values of Gallaher Executive Search and Leadership Development. We make a difference in your business...by doing things differently in ours...

My career has been centered on creating opportunities and seeking talent. I continue to be a student of the science and the art of questions. My experiences in search and talent development along with my connections are the foundation ingredients in my "secret sauce" for success. My recipe also includes a serving of generosity, passion, grace and gratitude.

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Articles by Diane Fennig




Philip Humbert reminded me of the importance of building fences. Philip sent a weekly newsletter for years. The TIPS Title for October of 2016, one of his last newsletters, was Good Fences Make Us Rich. He continually asked me a more beautiful question as if he was just across the table enjoying a cup of coffee with me.

Here was Phil's opening One Minute TIP:

January 8, 2018



While everyone will not start assembly with the benefit of this document, it is often a helpful guide. We attain these manuals for most everything that is powered in our world. Ironically, we do not have one for the people who power our world.

January 2, 2018



Steve Gutzler has me thinking about my 17 percent and now, you will also thank Steve for thinking about your 17 percent moments.

December 15, 2017


This video was shared, post my Gratitude Challenge last month.  

An important reminder to look and listen for the reminders of the gift of today.

Take a moment to stop and reflect on this day, and possibly re-set your day.

December 12, 2017



The calendar has turned, the challenge is on. Let us begin thirty days of gratitude.

Each day, highlight someone for whom you are grateful. Share your thanks with a story, a note, a laugh or something memorable. Take this month and let the folks in your world know that they are woven into your tapestry.

Be creative, make some new memories, share some old laughs.

November 2, 2017



My Monday Morning Musing and Challenge...

If you can quiet your mind, you can become more present with the people you meet, you lead, you follow, and you inspire. This quiet will also focus the work that you set forth to accomplish, but today's challenge is to be more present with your audience. The power of connection has more promise when you are paying full attention.

October 16, 2017
Who has played such Bingo Games in meetings of late? No need to raise your hand, I know these games are enjoyed with some regularity around conference tables.
October 14, 2017



I was reminded again how important follow-up is to our success as professionals.  Taking a moment to finish the job and let folks know the outcome.  A former colleague’s favored the line was “DONE – NEXT” and this simplicity always made me smile.   It is a small practice, but one that will get you noticed.  It has been said that the fortune in in the follow-up.

February 11, 2016


This month’s Pulse probe revolves around what do you do to re-charge and re-fresh beyond your day-job?  I enjoy reading how others find a life outside work to gain a sense of balance.

As members and leaders within the HR Community, we need you to be rested and ready to go each day.  You are role models in balance.  As the flight attendants remind us in travel, we must first take care of ourselves before we can care for others.

February 8, 2016


“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”  --Zora Heale Hurston

January 7, 2016


Those of you who know me are enjoying this irony.  I have a better appreciation the qualitative world over the quantitative environment.  I am respectful of Math as it has taught me some valuable lessons.  I would like to propose an addition of a Rule #4 to the standard order of operations.   

Consider the consequences of adding and subtracting, and allow yourself permission to work from right to left.

September 28, 2015


The latest blog challenge from LinkedIn reminds us to #ThankYourMentor.  As a Human Resource professional, I want to also encourage my colleagues time to reach out and offer a hand and the gift of mentorship to another professional.  We will be stronger together.

August 18, 2015


American Authors are enjoying the rage of this current song.  Go Big or Go Home is a worthy entry in the Urban Dictionary and epitomizes for me the spark and enthusiasm I witnessed last week.  For the fourth summer, I was graced to serve with a number of fabulous faculty as we delivered a Business Management Institute, sponsored by the Western Association of College and University Business Officers.  The UC-Santa Barbara campus is always a beautiful backdrop to a great week of learning.  I think, this was one of the best sessions.   

August 12, 2015


This is the third in a series on the Secret Sauce of leading a successful search.  The first two chapters included the important steps of crafting the job posting and then the important research and networking.  This musing is dedicated to the important vetting process in determining the finalists for a search.

April 2, 2015


This is the second of this series - The Secret Sauce in Leading a Successful Search.  

March 9, 2015