On the Cutting Edge of Change

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.. 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,.. read more →

Leadership Development: How “Different” becomes “Unique”

A butterfly flitting around a business convention caught my eye and held me transfixed. Everything else at this winter meeting was brown, grey, dark blue and black, except for that orange and yellow swirl of color. I was getting ready.. read more →

Leadership Development: How to Get the Best Deal

Who needs Black Friday when we have the best “twofer” on the planet this year! Having a special Thanksgiving and Hanukkah all rolled into one give reason to sing and be creative. We have all been waiting 70,000 years for.. read more →

Leadership Development and Thanks Giving

While almost every blog will be geared to thankfulness, and appreciation in the next few days there is another focus that really takes the cake. GIVING! What does giving look like, sound like, feel like in these days of over.. read more →

No Conflict in MY Workplace

Do you know anyone who has a perfect life? Perfect wife (or husband)? Perfect children? Perfect business and perfect employees? It makes me gag just to write this. Yesterday Jeffrey called to tell me “YOU WERE RIGHT!” Now granted I.. read more →

Leadership and Watching the Sun Come Up

There is little Annie, “the orphan singing her heart out about tomorrow being better than today.” You know when she belts out “The sun will come up tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there will be Well, that is.. read more →

Splitters and Pot Stirrers at Work

They make noise with their silence. They smile like the Cheshire cat. They tell you one thing and someone else gets another version. Most of the time they feel offendedand will never say anything directly to the person, no, they just tell everyone else. Splitters.. read more →

Leadership, Parents, and Patterns

I was struck by the wonderful challenges that Marilyn Hewson’s mother gave her as a youngster. In the business world we call these “stretch goals.” Rarely are they done when we are kids, often fear of not being able to complete the task gets in the way... read more →

Leadership and Conflict

Sylvia Lafair PhD, What are Patterns (VIDEO) What is the underlying cause of conflict? Not easy to answer. However, all conflict that is big, awful and noisy has to do with underlying stress. Even genie’s who fly out of bottles.. read more →