On the Cutting Edge of Change

Time To Grow Up

Mike just had his performance review and while his boss said all the right words the translation was “GROW UP.” Mike is in his late 30’s and has two kids, a wife, mortgage and a sleek car. They go on several vacations a year. Mike buys everyone great gifts. He is good to his parents... 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 →

Can Conflict Really Be Good for the Workplace?

Why do so many of us cringe in the face of conflict? It’s because the little kid part of us that looked up at those giants in our world (that means any adult) and knew they were big and we were small, and they would win and we would lose when it came to decision making, makes.. read more →

Leaders who Tell Stories Win

I just finished weekend learning about the art of storytelling from a master. Look, I always pride myself on being a great storyteller. After all, the pattern of drama queen (or king) transforms into an excellent storyteller. And believe me I grew up doing drama queen from the time I could sit up and say “NO.” I have worked with.. read more →

5 Ways to have a perfect Christmas every day of the year

You know the songs;” it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and you feel that warm, fun feeling spread through your body, even though it is a rainy day in December. Or maybe “Frosty the Snowman” runs through your mind and you hear the laughter and rustle of opening those special gifts on Christmas.. read more →

Leadership and freedom

This is the 40th anniversary of “Free to Be You and Me”, an amazing group of songs to help children see the possibilities of life without gender restrictions and fear. They are as fresh and real today as ever. The songs are about self-empowerment, being understanding and loving. Every child, in every culture could benefit.. read more →

Leadership means “Staying Awake”

The havoc of Storm Sandy has three levels. First, getting through the wind, rain, and snow that barreled down; next, riding the roller coaster of emotions in the days and weeks that follow; finally, addressing the long term implications of what lies in store as “the new normal”. Right now we are in phase two:.. 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 →