On the Cutting Edge of Change

Battling Women and Windmills

  In our Total Leadership Connections program we teach participants to go beyond the obvious, that leadership in any field requires deep thought; superficial considerations are merely not enough.   Recently asked what I thought about all the brouhaha around actor/director Mel Gibson’s racist and venomous comments to ex-girlfriend and mother of his child I.. read more →

Workplace Conflict Can Be a Good Thing

  We are deeply into the second session of our 44th Total Leadership Connections program and I am still amazed when the dots between our backgrounds and work issues become clear.   In the present group is a young woman who grew up in a communist country and we had the privilege of hearing a.. read more →

Workplace Conflict and Father’s Day

  Hope all of you dads had a play day yesterday; and, even more importantly, that you were recognized and appreciated.   If you are an older dad, did you live in the “no guilt” zone? Or were there memories of missed little league games, missed school plays, missed opportunities to talk, really talk with.. read more →

Leadership Alert: We Have A Pattern Spill!!!

  In “Don’t Bring It to Work” I discuss the 13 behavior patterns that follow us from our original organization, the family into our work organization.   The BIG, I mean BIG question is “Why do we keep doing the same things over and over and over and over and over“?   The even BIGGER.. read more →

Do You Know Your Leadership and Parenting Derailers?

  I found this very good article on Huffington Post about Leadership and Parenting. Please read and note my comments; I’d love to hear your thoughts.   As some of my friends and colleagues know, I’m a bit obsessed with an assessment tool I use in my consulting practice called the Hogan assessment. Shining light on our “shadow side,”.. read more →

5 Things to Brighten Up the Work Week

  What if everyday at work was amazing, rewarding, conflict free, and wonderful?   If that were the case you would be living in a pretend paradise that, I can assure you, would get boring, boring, boring within a month.   Anyone remember the movie “Pleasantville“? It is a 50’s type family living in a.. read more →

“HMD” to All Women and Men Who Have Birthed Anything

  A female executive I am coaching called me very early this morning and complained about how hard Sunday would be for her. My response was not super professional; all I said was “Huh?”   She then launched into a soliloquy about the fact that she had made a conscious decision not to have children.. read more →

Ya Never Know!!

  I was sitting at my computer writing away when the rain started and the wind blew. It had been sunny only moments earlier. I kept writing, intent about getting the article finished before going to present at a local leadership seminar.   Then I heard a thud. I stopped to explore. The big wind.. read more →

Need for Leadership

The torment for the parents of the young suicide victim, the children who are accused of causing the horrific situation, the parents of all these children, the school officials, in fact, all children, parents and teachers in the school are in this together.   Yet, as usual they end up standing at polar opposite sides.. read more →

Bad Behavior at Home, School, Work

Image by ihtatho via Flickr Bullying is an art form not dissimilar to caring. It takes persistence, practice, and purpose.   What does that really mean? It means that all behaviors become patterned responses if we do them consistently. There is a law in neurology, Hebb’s Law that states “neurons that fire together wire together”... read more →