On the Cutting Edge of Change

Leadership at Any Age: When Someone says “YOU SUCK”

Leadership development starts early, or at least it should. How about in kindergarten? Or at least by third grade? My book “GUTSY: How Women Leaders Make Change” is dedicated to my granddaughter who is now eight years old. She is wonderful to watch as her generation of girls learns early to be bold and brave.. read more →

Leadership Lessons: Ask…. Don’t Tell

Danielle was known as a splitter. She constantly complained about several of her colleagues to anyone who would listen, including the woman who dusted the offices and emptied the wastebaskets. It was finally time for her to face the music. She was creating a toxic environment and everyone had their shields up and weapons ready... read more →

Gentle Leadership: Thank You Pete Seeger

How do you measure the weight of a human life? What really matters? That is the key question for all of us. What really matters? Pete Seeger is an example of what the words decent and dedicated look like in action. This man was truly leadership in action. As I was looking for some songs for my book.. read more →

Tomorrow’s Leaders are Artists

There is a revolution under way that cannot be stopped.Axelle Tessandier says it better than I have seen in a long time. Please take the time to read and digest it. Alain de Botton recently tweeted something that really hit home: “So normal to want a better life: so unusual to set out to be a.. read more →

Where’s Your Daddy Justin Bieber?

Everyone is tackling the dilemma of a nineteen year old megastar. Where are his “handlers?” the media asks. There are lawyers and psychologists and star gazers all giving their input. Bieber is a business commodity and lots of moolah is in this franchise and everyone around him is worried. Except maybe his Father! Look, I am a.. read more →

Leading Starts at Home

A survey published in USA TODAY talks about the incredible drop in respect in schools. A Harris Poll finds that fewer adults believe that teachers respect parents and students, and the other way round. One of the questions asked if students respected teachers and the drop in respect is astounding from 79% to 31%. I HAVE SEEN THIS FIRST HAND AS I WORK.. read more →

All leadership is like cross country hiking (in the northeast cross country skiing!) You will find some easy spots to glide through and some snags that will make you wonder why you didn’t just stay home today. Here are 4 important ideas to keep in mind as you make your way from here to there: 1. Stay.. read more →

Leadership Lessons: What Women Want in Their Leaders

Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis would scratch his head and ask “What do women want?” That seems to be the question every man asks at one point or another in their lives. Well, women want LOTS of things. Most assuredly, women want to be listened to and acknowledged. And guess what so do men!.. read more →

Leadership Lessons: How Fast Does a Tree Grow?

The answer is “little by little.” So what does that have to do with leadership development and management training? Think of it this way. In our fast paced world we want success and we want it NOW. And yet, we are not wired to make great things happen in one fell swoop. NOPE. We are built to improve little.. read more →

Excuse Me Chris Christie, You Did Not Know What???

This whole mess in New Jersey is a perfect example of one of the major patterns I talk about in my book “Don’t Bring It to Work,” THE DENIER. Right from my book: “Deniers pretend that problems and uncomfortable situations don’t exist. They refuse to heed warnings that might upset the status quo, and keep.. read more →