On the Cutting Edge of Change

Overcome Barriers for Change

  The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” – Sir Roger Bannister. On May 6, 1954, approximately three thousand spectators gathered at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England, where winds up to twenty-five miles per hour began to subside just before the start of the event. The race was.. 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 →

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 →

How Dumb Can Tim Armstrong Be

How many apologies does a CEO get to make before he or she is sent out to pasture? In the case of Tim Armstrong, it seems that two major gaffs (I am sure there are many more behind closed doors) should be enough. Tim is such a fabulous example of looking at his job through a cloudy lens... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Rush Limbaugh Being Told to “SHUT UP”

Maybe, just maybe the era of anything goes is ending. Maybe, just maybe the guy with the loud mouth and no couth will be put out to pasture. It’s about time.   I have listened to Mr. Limbaugh, on occasion, to understand his appeal. I have always turned him off with a sense of deep.. read more →