Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. The Art and Craft of Leadership Coaching

    Jim Collins in his oft-quoted book "Good to Great" has leaders make sure that those on the bus are also in the right seats. Sage advice. Then it is time for the action to start in earnest.   It is the interactions of these folks that lead to results-oriented processes and organizational innovation. The big question is "How do you track the interactions of individuals as they work together"?   T…Read More

  2. The Shadow Side Shows Up

    How many more “family values” based politicians will make the news about affairs this season? It is interesting that the latest, Governor Sanford had his press “mea culpa” conference sans wife by his side. He needs to do this alone and it will be interesting to see what he can learn from his philandering.   The news around him is familiar. The talk shows have experts tell why he did what …Read More

  3. The Legacy of Michael Jackson: For His Children

    My first thought hearing of Michael Jackson’s sudden and untimely death was “What about his children”? I know the shock of losing a parent suddenly. My father died of a heart attack when I was fourteen. One evening my parents went to dinner and a movie. The next day we were planning a funeral. There were no headlines surrounding our family. We mourned quietly.   Not so for the children of …Read More

  4. Understanding Leadership Development Training

    Our 40th "Total Leadership Connections", (TLC) program is in session and it is comforting to see certain aspects of executive education that lead to organizational innovation do not change. Human universals remain the same over time. Searching for essential values and beliefs are at the core of TLC.   We are honored to have two participants in this program who are Members of Parliament from Ghan…Read More

  5. 4 Tips to Unlock Leadership Potential

    The debate over born or bred leaders is always one of interest. The answer is yes and yes. Many are born into families that encourage self-awareness and interpersonal skills. Others learn leadership adaptability through the ebb and flow of life happenings.   Leadership behavior thrives when it is tended to. One key area that is critical is the ability to literally “practice organizational chang…Read More

  6. 5 Keys to Successful Mentoring

    My daughter called with a sense of over the top frustration in her voice. “Mom, I can’t do it anymore” she declared.    “Do what”? I asked warily.   She then went on to question the validity of having kids. I listened and listened and listened. What I wanted to do was soothe her tired bones. I wanted to tell her that we all go through those days, that her two young children were ador…Read More

  7. Obama and Father’s Day

    President Obama in his usual eloquent way certainly made a case for fathers being available to their kids. It was his larger gift for families on Father’s Day.  I would just like to add another thought. When we take the responsibility to bring children onto the planet it is at best a two party arrangement. Kids not only need their mothers and fathers, they need to learn about relationships by w…Read More

  8. Turning “Eh” to “Aha”

    When my book “Don’t Bring It to Work” began its journey in March I had no idea how it would be received or if it would be seen as “beautiful”. You know how it is with kids, you just hope and pray and love them, and you never know.   So when friends and family told me it was “wonderful” I thanked them and waited for the neighbors to check in. Also, great comments of appreciation. The…Read More

  9. The Tests of Morphing Managing into Leading

    In my research I have been looking at the essence of how managers become leaders. Granted, not all want to go from management development settings into leadership development. Being a leader is more rigorous, more personally demanding than managing.   Leaders are required to be more transparent and the one aspect that separates the weaker from the stronger is the ability to say clearly what one m…Read More

  10. Getting Connected

    This morning we watched a U-tube video about the speed of transformation in the technology sector of our lives. For most of the educators in the room this was a re-run, it has made the internet rounds over the last few months. For all of us, however, it still left us breathless.   Change at the speed of light is here for sure. Yet, as we sat and looked at what is needed in this very high paced wo…Read More

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