On the Cutting Edge of Change

Time To Grow Up

Mike just had his performance review and while his boss said all the right words the translation was “GROW UP.” Mike is in his late 30’s and has two kids, a wife, mortgage and a sleek car. They go on.. read more →

Sailing the 7 C’s of Leadership

We just experienced an incredible team meeting at an off-site at our retreat center, The Country Place. Participants are all achievers of excellence, so when I suggested that they would get a grade of “C” they became very argumentative. “Wait, wait”.. read more →

Leadership, Parents, and Patterns

I was struck by the wonderful challenges that Marilyn Hewson’s mother gave her as a youngster. In the business world we call these “stretch goals.” Rarely are they done when we are kids, often fear of not being able to complete the task gets in the way... read more →

Leadership and Conflict

Sylvia Lafair PhD, What are Patterns (VIDEO) What is the underlying cause of conflict? Not easy to answer. However, all conflict that is big, awful and noisy has to do with underlying stress. Even genie’s who fly out of bottles.. read more →

Leaders: Leap to Success

Question: Why do so many smart people with all the right business credentials explode or implode on their way to success? Question: Where are YOU on that royal road to your own pot of gold at the end of your personal rainbow.. read more →

Leadership means “Staying Awake”

The havoc of Storm Sandy has three levels. First, getting through the wind, rain, and snow that barreled down; next, riding the roller coaster of emotions in the days and weeks that follow; finally, addressing the long term implications of.. read more →

First day of summer and stress

Today officially marks the first day of summer. I don’t care that the ads have made it the end of May. This is official: longest day/shortest night…solstice. And man, is it hot on the east coast. Now that school is.. read more →

Review of Mother’s Day

Hey mom…did you get flowers, a potted plant, candy, a dinner at the best local eatery? Did you get a phone call? A Card? Was the communication nostalgic or trite? Was there an edge of animosity or real appreciation? Mother’s.. 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”.. read more →

Leadership Styles and Making Change

Ellen’s Story When I talked with Ellen last fall, she hated her job, her boss, her co-workers, her drive time, her office. Got the picture? She played the blame game better than anyone I had ever met. Life and problems.. read more →