On the Cutting Edge of Change

Extraordinary Bosses and Extraordinary Work Cultures

Who are the employees who drive most bosses crazy? They are … ta da…. The rebels. Rebels are those who always find something wrong at work and want to gather the troops to take their case to HR. And if HR does not respond, well, there is always a hungry lawyer lurking in the corners who is ready to go at.. 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 →

Is Stress Hitting Your Hot Buttons?

The economic crisis, continuous extreme weather changes, and the threat of pandemics, gives a heightened definition to the words “stressed out.” In these roller coaster times it’s hard to take anything for granted. An ancient Chinese saying helps put today into perspective “THE BIGGER THE FRONT, THE BIGGER THE BACK.” Translated to a personal message for.. read more →

Spread Your Wings and Make Change Happen

Leadership development is multi-layered and complicated. The flight of a butterfly is also complex, made up of a multitude of movements. What can we learn about entrepreneurship, sales, and running a company from a flitting creature that seems to be there mainly to amuse us on a warm day? Here is the idea; it comes from.. 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 to Establish a Workplace Culture That is Comfortable with Addressing Conflict

Conflict is an everyday occurrence in most organizations. And guess what?  It usually gets passed to Human Resources to “handle the problem and fix it.” Most strategies are the quick fix, not the long-term change to really understand how to work through conflict and get to innovation. To reduce conflict and increase competitiveness, companies need to understand systems thinking and truly.. read more →

Leadership Lessons: Take “Difference” out of Diversity

HUH? You say. Diversity is difference. What else is there? Diversity management means having a rainbow culture with lots of people from different races, gender, ages, and ways of thinking and being. Isn’t that what diversity is all about? NOT QUITE. Diversity is about creating a culture where each individual’s UNIQUE way of learning and participating can become.. read more →

Leadership Lessons: Ask…. Don’t Tell

Danielle was known as a splitter. She constantly complained about several of her colleagues to anyone who would listen, including the woman who dusted the offices and emptied the wastebaskets. It was finally time for her to face the music. She was creating a toxic environment and everyone had their shields up and weapons ready... 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 →

Leadership: Moving at the speed of light

Meet Brenda Dennis, a senior director of strategy and planning for Cisco’s $32B global enterprise business. That is what her day job is now, before the bottom almost fell out from beneath her. More on that in a moment. Brenda is also a wife, mother of three boys, ages 9, 11, and 13. She is.. read more →