Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. Prince Charming

    Spotting the Big Difference between Charming and Sincere

    We live in a time of sizzle and dazzle, quips and giggles. It’s not a time to do deep dives into any subject. How do I know? I’ve fool-hardheartedly been following the Presidential election soaps on television and twitter. I’ve been wondering why and when we turned from substance to slander and superficiality. I want someone to blame. I want something to blame. Ah, technology did it. Or may…Read More

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    Clear the Past to Free the Future: Life Stories Spoken Out Loud Heal Wounds From Our Unresolved Racial War

    Charles sat down and wiped the perspiration from his forehead. He looked at the fifteen others in the room and could not decide if he was relieved or simply embarrassed. Finally John broke the silence by saying quietly, "We  really are all truly sorry. Thank you for your honesty and openness." That was it. The moment Charles had been hoping for since he was a little kid. All he wanted was someon…Read More

  3. Eileen Fischer

    The Downside of Growing Your Organizational Culture

    I was sitting having a quick dinner in Manhattan with some colleagues. The place was packed and the noise level high. Just a typical 6:30 p.m. time of workplace decompressing, after one of those typical rush and get it done days. At the table to the left we heard “No one should be forced to share as much as they do here. They think they are creating a culture of trust. It’s just a bunch of bu…Read More

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    How To Help a Toxic Boss Become a Positive Leader

    It is a basic fact that water rolls downhill. “So what” you say. Well, that is an obvious truth. So is the fact that toxic leaders can cause their employees to act badly. However, there is another part to this equation. While people are blaming their bosses for blaming and shaming the same is true of employees who return the blame and point to the boss. This is a pattern of victimization and …Read More

  5. Stuck Plumbing?

    Dear Dr. Sylvia, I am a newly named director in a major tech company. We have been around for many years and have so many systems in place. However, what cannot be programmed (wish it could be!) are the human beings who surround me. Here is my dilemma: my boss is a mixture of a micro-manager and a hands off do-it-yourself type. The combination is crazy making. She is, in your pattern terms, a pers…Read More

  6. What If…?

    Dear Savvy Sylvia, I want to quit my job. I am miserable. I went into healthcare to please my parents, both physicians. So, guess what I became? Nope, not a medical doctor. I became a senior V.P. in a large medical device company. Now, what we produce is really good and helps lots of people. And my parents are OK that I did not become a doc like them. At least, I am in the helping professions. HOW…Read More

  7. Leadership, Violence, and Vigilance: Ray Rice, Roger Goodell, and the NFL

    Remember where you were on September 11, 2001? Now, 13 years later can you answer this question: how did it change the way you see the world? For many it activated fear to a new level, for others the desire to crush the enemy, whoever they are. For some, it was the beginning of thinking about life and what matters in a deeper more holistic way. What about YOU? Is it a more violent world? Or has s…Read More

  8. Leadership and Hidden Sources of Conflict

    One day at a senior staff meeting Michael expressed strong doubts of George’s idea to acquire another company. Michael and George started to raise their voices, much to the surprise of the rest of the management team. Michael was so angry he was physically shaking; he nearly lunged at his colleague. He knew even as he stood there that his behavior was irrational – way out of proportion to the…Read More

  9. 3 Things to Avoid When Giving Feedback

    It’s always a sticky situation when you have to give or get negative feedback and this is just not a topic always covered in business school. It really is about understanding how to manage people relationship systems. Here are some guidelines for giving feedback so you can mentor employees to grow to the next level. For most of us giving and getting feedback is uncomfortable. We would rather…Read More

  10. The Ethics of Giving and Getting

    Many of you know who Brendon Burchard is. Some say he is a young Tony Robbins. He says lots of great things in front of groups and talks in an ethical and clear manner. It sure looks like he has made a ton of money. In fact he often talks about how he became a millionaire at a fast and furious pace. I suggest that “BUYER BEWARE” should be stamped on his program sign- up sheets. Here is what h…Read More

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