On the Cutting Edge of Change

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” I cautioned, and “I will explain…” These leaders have all been willing to look at how a.. read more →

Make Change that Leads to Something New

What happens when you get stuck in a rut? Think about it for a moment. There you are sitting in your car and the tires are mired in mud. First thing you do? Tell the truth now! First thing! Most people rev the engine. So, there you sit with the tires going round and round digging deeper and.. 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 →

Will You Stay, Suffer or Leave a Bully Boss?

Did you ever work for someone who points their finger at you like they want to poke out your eyes? Did you, or maybe YOU DO, work for someone who is always telling you what is not working and rarely acknowledges what is working? Have you ever reported to someone whose negativity is like a cloud over every.. read more →

How Fast Will a Tree Grow?

Leaders will not transform in a single day. It takes time and effort and learning from mistakes. Why are we in so much of a hurry rushing to the finish line without the discipline of seeking excellence? Are we aware that we may be losing the race as leaders by trying to transform in a single day?.. read more →

Spread Your Wings and Make Change Happen

Leadership development is multi-layered and complicated. The flight of a butterfly is also complex, made up of a multitude of movements. What can we learn about entrepreneurship, sales, and running a company from a flitting creature that seems to be there mainly to amuse us on a warm day? Here is the idea; it comes from.. read more →

When does a Boss Transform into a Leader?

Question: “How many managers does it take to become a leader?” Answer: “Only one, so long as the manager can give up subordinates to gain followers.” Here in lies the trap of management versus leadership. It really is easier to have people who work for you where you can set the game plan and the schedule. When your.. read more →

The 5 Telltale Signs of an Employee in Distress

When should you intervene in a work/personal issue or should you? How much should you ask about a team member’s personal problem? How can you find the balance of what to ask or not ask and what are the telltale signs to watch for? Have you ever watched a really good employee begin to slide down a slippery slope of.. 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 →

Repeating the Same Mistakes Over and Over and Over?

Think about your business. What do you keep repeating hoping it will turn out better this time? Do you ever feel “duped” by a colleague or even a customer? Do you keep knocking your head against the wall saying “I can’t believe this happened again?” Ever wonder why you keep doing the same things over and.. read more →