On the Cutting Edge of Change

Missed the fireworks by a day

We were there on Friday. Yup. We were at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Even had lunch at The Volcano House. We stood at the steam vents (great for a facial) and went as far as we could go to get some “hot” pictures of Kilauea and the lava flow. Missed the big show by.. read more →

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 →

What do you do when you are ignored?

Did you ever sit in a restaurant and wonder if you had a snake on your head, or maybe a bird’s nest, or a mouse, or if your face had turned bright blue? You sit there and question why the server is taking so long to get to your table. It looks like everyone else.. read more →

A time to remember and honor

When Danny stood at the grave site of his brother he was angry and still in shock. Neil had been a victim of a stray bullet. No he was not in uniform fighting for his country. He was a teen walking down the street in Chicago three months ago. Alexa’s father cannot forgive. His daughter.. read more →

Pattern Interrupted

It truly is all in the eyes of the beholder. I was at a business meeting and the leader of the team went on and on about a personal issue with a belligerent intern. She couldn’t believe someone so far down on the pecking order would act as if he was the CEO of the.. read more →

Decisions, Deciding, Decided

I learned a bad habit from my mother. It was during that famous time when the phrase “the customer is always right” was the mantra of the retail world. I learned all about the world of shopping from her. You name it; she was a master shopper of clothes, shoes, pocketbooks, makeup, and on and.. read more →

PINK is for GUTSY GIRLS

Picture this scene: a four year old brother and a six year old sister are fighting over television rights. She wants “Word Girl”, the GUTSY gal heroine who fights all the bad in the world with her extensive vocabulary; or something like that. He wants “The Transformers” and “Super Heroes” who fight all the bad.. read more →

Cat and Mouse Becomes a Different Game

We so under-utilize our resources, human and animal. This gentle man shows us what can be done with care and dare. “No”, he says, “the dog, cat, and rat are not attached with Velcro but with intention and appreciation.” They are mutual friends Maybe we should send him to the United Nations!!! Enjoy. Here is.. 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 →