On the Cutting Edge of Change

FREEDOM for the FOURTH

What does real freedom look like? It means being real, being who you are and not being afraid to express yourself in a healthy, positive way. Let’s celebrate FREEDOM this year in a new and powerful way. Let’s give each other the nod of approval that we can just experiment and be whoever we are.. read more →

Take the Best Route from Management to Leadership

“How does a manager become a leader?” you ask. This is one of the most important questions in all of business. What the work world needs today are more leaders who can take charge in a strategic way and help everyone in the company have a “go for it and grow from it” mind set... read more →

Leadership and Hidden Sources of Conflict

One day at a senior staff meeting Michael expressed strong doubts of George’s idea to acquire another company. Michael and George started to raise their voices, much to the surprise of the rest of the management team. Michael was so angry he was physically shaking; he nearly lunged at his colleague. He knew even as he.. read more →

Extraordinary Boss as Truth Teller

Did you ever think it is better to tell just a little white lie rather than have someone be upset with you? We all have at one time or another. Then there is the opposite extreme where the truth is told in anger with judgment, blame and attack. Not pretty! What a gift to have a boss who is not afraid.. read more →

Change: The Only Game in Town

Erica works for a company that is always changing and it makes her crazy. “Why can’t things just stay the same? Why is there always something that has to be done differently? What is wrong with the way it is now? I want to do my job one way, every day. Instead, my head is.. read more →

How Could Spontaneity Affect Entrepreneurs and Their Employees?

Most entrepreneurs I’ve met are lots of fun. They usually have an idea a minute and the hardest thing for them to do is to keep focused. I know – I am, and was since I was a kid, an entrepreneur. My business days started with plays in our family garage with the neighborhood kids. I was the director, lead actor and producer... read more →

How to Create Inclusion When Inspiring Change

Did you ever surprise someone with what you thought was a great gift only to get an icy stare and a raspy “thank you?” If you asked why there was upset, did you get a canned reply like “not upset, it’s really fine?” And did you ever wonder if the gift was ever used or put in.. read more →

Sailing the 7 C’s of Leadership

We just experienced an incredible team meeting at an off-site at our retreat center, The Country Place. Participants are all achievers of excellence, so when I suggested that they would get a grade of “C” they became very argumentative. “Wait, wait” I cautioned, and “I will explain…” These leaders have all been willing to look at how a.. read more →

The 5 Telltale Signs of an Employee in Distress

When should you intervene in a work/personal issue or should you? How much should you ask about a team member’s personal problem? How can you find the balance of what to ask or not ask and what are the telltale signs to watch for? Have you ever watched a really good employee begin to slide down a slippery slope of.. read more →

How Dumb Can Tim Armstrong Be

How many apologies does a CEO get to make before he or she is sent out to pasture? In the case of Tim Armstrong, it seems that two major gaffs (I am sure there are many more behind closed doors) should be enough. Tim is such a fabulous example of looking at his job through a cloudy lens... read more →