On the Cutting Edge of Change

Which Bathroom is the Right One?

I went to the soccer game in Buenos Aires. It was like being at a Broadway musical. The favorite team, the Boca Juniors were playing and the singing was stupendous. That is how they cheer the team, by singing and singing and singing. Now, the team did not perform that well and yet they were cheered.. read more →

Leadership and The Media

I had a fun experience last week being interviewed by Kathie Lee and Hoda on The Today Show .  It was a wonderful – and in some ways eye-opening – time. Why eye opening? The big question is “how much information can be packed into 3 minutes with 4 people talking”? The answer: More than you’d expect!.. 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 →

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 →

Leadership Training: Work is NOT a Rehab Facility

When you have a lazy employee, one who has excuses for everything, who acts like a victim when you point out work not done that needs to be done and all they do is make excuses; then what? I am asked all the time in my coaching sessions, “When do you finally let someone go”?.. read more →

Leadership Development: What To Do With a Crappy Attitude

I walked away from her desk and felt my blood pressure rise with every breath. I knew she was full of it…call “it” what you want…baloney, bull$*&$, and any other word that comes to mind when you KNOW someone is just plain not telling the truth. I had asked her to give me a report.. read more →

OUCH: When the Truth Hurts

Remember the kids chant “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Not true! Words can be more powerful than any blunt objects and the newest research in neuropsychology indicates that the images and memories of harsh language can cause us to shrivel into a ball of protection long after.. read more →