On the Cutting Edge of Change

What it Takes to be a Giant

Watching the 7th game of the World Series was a study in tenacity and team work. The 6th game was a demoralizing 10-0 loss for the San Francisco Giants (my home team!!). Game 6 was painful to watch and when it was over I wondered what type of talk went on between the team and.. 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 →

When does a Boss Transform into a Leader?

Question: “How many managers does it take to become a leader?” Answer: “Only one, so long as the manager can give up subordinates to gain followers.” Here in lies the trap of management versus leadership. It really is easier to have people who work for you where you can set the game plan and the schedule. When your.. read more →

All leadership is like cross country hiking (in the northeast cross country skiing!) You will find some easy spots to glide through and some snags that will make you wonder why you didn’t just stay home today. Here are 4 important ideas to keep in mind as you make your way from here to there: 1. Stay.. read more →

Leadership Lessons: What Women Want in Their Leaders

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis would scratch his head and ask “What do women want?” That seems to be the question every man asks at one point or another in their lives. Well, women want LOTS of things. Most assuredly, women want to be listened to and acknowledged. And guess what so do men!.. read more →

Leadership Lessons: How Fast Does a Tree Grow?

The answer is “little by little.” So what does that have to do with leadership development and management training? Think of it this way. In our fast paced world we want success and we want it NOW. And yet, we are not wired to make great things happen in one fell swoop. NOPE. We are built to improve little.. read more →

Mentors matter

What if you basically raised yourself? What if you were a “latch-key kid” who learned what to do and when by listening to your own intuition? What if you started your first job out of school and needed to learn how to harness your emotions and not wear them on your sleeve? Then “Effective Immediately”.. read more →

Leadership impact; the rest of the story

Remember the three teams who were competing for an extra paid vacation day? They were figuring out how to get each team of ten over a patterned floor covering of circles and squares. Once they had the pattern figured out, they began to lead the entire team to the Promised Land. Yet, somewhere around the.. read more →

Leadership journey to organizational change

Once you start on the change management path the journey is filled with contradictions and complications. Remember, forewarned is forearmed. We all know that “Time is Money” and the fastest one out of the starting gate wins. Right? Not so fast. There is a natural tendency to want things to stay the same that shows.. read more →

First day of summer and stress

Today officially marks the first day of summer. I don’t care that the ads have made it the end of May. This is official: longest day/shortest night…solstice. And man, is it hot on the east coast. Now that school is out and the new schedules are in place and the heat is up and the.. read more →