On the Cutting Edge of Change

Leadership, Violence, and Vigilance: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, and the NFL

Remember where you were on September 11, 2001? Now, 13 years later can you answer this question: how did it change the way you see the world? For many it activated fear to a new level, for others the desire to crush the enemy, whoever they are. For some, it was the beginning of thinking about.. read more →

Emerging Leaders and Office Politics

When I was in the emerging leader category I thought that political games of “GOTCHA” were only played in Washington D.C. And then I had my first job. Was I ever wrong! Office politics and power games were all over the place. It was so disheartening I had to make a decision to learn the.. read more →

Leadership and “Practicing Safe Stress”

If you ever have a chance to visit the main Google campus in Mountain View CA you will see what the future of work looks like in present time. Volleyball courts in use and fabulous food grown by local organic farmers gratis to all Google employees. Plus there is the magic of their “Jolly Good.. read more →

Leadership, Power, Violence, and Conflict Resolution

Watching the scenes from Ferguson Missouri is about so much more than police brutality vs. the right to demonstrate in a public forum. It is about unresolved issues in our country that are as old as the first slave ship that came ashore so many years ago. We cannot just look at the shooting of a young.. read more →

Leadership Lessons: What Really Changes?

I was fascinated watching the Tom Hanks special on CNN “The SIXTIES: The Times They are A-Changin’.” One segment is about the role of women 50 years ago. And  as I sat back I wondered what has really changed for the better. The actor Jack Palance who represented the big, strong, silent guy who would always be there to.. read more →

Women Leaders: GET GUTSY or GUTSIER

There are abundant programs for women and many of them are cook book recipes. If you are making dinner that may work but for down and dirty tips and techniques for leadership in the 21st century we need to go deeper. Oh I know many of you are thinking, I’ve tried all the “how to”.. read more →

FREEDOM for the FOURTH

What does real freedom look like? It means being real, being who you are and not being afraid to express yourself in a healthy, positive way. Let’s celebrate FREEDOM this year in a new and powerful way. Let’s give each other the nod of approval that we can just experiment and be whoever we are.. read more →

Take the Best Route from Management to Leadership

“How does a manager become a leader?” you ask. This is one of the most important questions in all of business. What the work world needs today are more leaders who can take charge in a strategic way and help everyone in the company have a “go for it and grow from it” mind set... read more →

Leadership and Hidden Sources of Conflict

One day at a senior staff meeting Michael expressed strong doubts of George’s idea to acquire another company. Michael and George started to raise their voices, much to the surprise of the rest of the management team. Michael was so angry he was physically shaking; he nearly lunged at his colleague. He knew even as he.. read more →

Leadership and Accepting “The JOURNEY”

Everyone says “it’s the journey not the destination” especially when situations are tough. Leadership development means accepting this as a core belief when climbing the mountain of career success. Did you ever meet a leader who does not have a story of falling and failing? Did you ever meet a leader who is blemish free with.. read more →