On the Cutting Edge of Change

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 →

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 →

Leadership Development, Ego Stroking, “Atta Boy’s”, and Truth Telling

I stood at the back of a fast food restaurant waiting for my colleague to get his coffee so we could sit in the summer weather when it isn’t even spring. My mind was in that “Thank God It’s Friday” mode when suddenly I found my ears circling around to eavesdrop on two employees. “I.. read more →

Leadership Training: Work is NOT a Rehab Facility

When you have a lazy employee, one who has excuses for everything, who acts like a victim when you point out work not done that needs to be done and all they do is make excuses; then what? I am asked all the time in my coaching sessions, “When do you finally let someone go”?.. read more →

Leadership Development: What To Do With a Crappy Attitude

I walked away from her desk and felt my blood pressure rise with every breath. I knew she was full of it…call “it” what you want…baloney, bull$*&$, and any other word that comes to mind when you KNOW someone is just plain not telling the truth. I had asked her to give me a report.. read more →

OUCH: When the Truth Hurts

Remember the kids chant “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Not true! Words can be more powerful than any blunt objects and the newest research in neuropsychology indicates that the images and memories of harsh language can cause us to shrivel into a ball of protection long after.. read more →

Creativity and Leadership

Here is a guest blog by one of our wonderful facilitators, Frank Walsh. He is an engineer, as well as a man of intuition and this blog shows how he uses both sides of his brain!!  Enjoy! Imagine a work environment without trust. Think about that for a moment. Trust is the foundation of all.. read more →

Innovate or DIE!!

Last week when I took a walk through an airplane, from front to back and back to front I started to count the number of iPads people were using. My unofficial survey was that they outnumbered computers by at least 2:1. In just a short time, we have all adopted new, easier ways of carrying.. read more →

Leadership and “To Tell the Truth”

Yesterday, I was working with an excellent leadership team for the day. I have been an executive coach supporting the CEO of this company for several years, actually more than several, for four years. We hold a leadership day as needed. Here is what became super evident, as we plowed into looking for the next.. read more →