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

  2. Clinton Global Initiative

    How Today’s “Trinity of Extremes” Affects Us All

    Yes, we live in a fast paced world. Yes, we are often at tipping points of stress. Yes, we can do better. “We are all in it together and no one wins unless we all do.” This mantra sounds good, however, for most of us it sounds naïve. Sometimes the world seems to be spinning out of control and the issues are too big and a single individual, a mere speck in the universe, is too small to make a…Read More

  3. meeting mania

    Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

    I hear this plaintive cry from executives and middle managers all the time. I hear it from superintendents to elementary school teachers for at least ten months out of the year. Getting along is what we all want. Right? So, why does it seem almost impossible to get through even a few days without feeling that blood boiling moment of “Not THAT again!” or “Can’t they just zip it?” I would…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

  5. Jai Ching's Documentary Pic

    What Courage Looks Like

    Twice a year we do a program for leaders and emerging leaders. It is a four session program spread over five months. Each time I include clips of leaders who have and continue to make a difference in our world. There are a few staples, like Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln. We choose from a wide array of business leaders, media, the arts, and people who I call “Giraffes” (those willing to s…Read More

  6. Puzzle Pieces

    A Vital Missing Piece of the Workplace Puzzle

    Since most of us prefer information to be fast and direct, here is the missing puzzle piece right up front: what happened in our original organization, the family, goes with us to work…whether we like it or not. When I stumbled on this counter-intuitive nugget of knowledge it changed the direction of my career to work exclusively with businesses to rethink the causes of stress related issues an…Read More

  7. What Scores Over Hard Work, Knowledge and Attitude in Meetings?

    We all know that it takes lots of good effort to make a meeting be successful. However, so many times meetings just fall short and people leave feeling like they have wasted those hours when they could have been getting real work done. In our Total Leadership Connections Program™ we spend a half day dissecting what makes a meeting work. It is like creating a Broadway play. A meeting needs creati…Read More

  8. Prioritize!

    When your technical skills are great and you really care about your constituents you should be getting lots of kudos for your work. Right? Well…not so fast. Number one is, you MUST prioritize your RELATIONSHIPS. So often people skills are what creates a limiting career path. Now, what exactly do I mean? I mean YOUR personality may be the limiting factor. Here is an example: Jim, the head of clie…Read More

  9. Safe Spaces, Hot Spots and What If

    Waiting in Ferguson Missouri. Waiting for the judge to hand down the decision. Waiting to see if there will be violence or calm. Waiting to see how justice is served. Waiting to see if there can be anything new and helpful that will come out of how the people of Ferguson handle a tense and difficult situation. (more…)…Read More

  10. FREEDOM for the FOURTH

    What does real freedom look like? It means being real, being who you are and not being afraid to express yourself in a healthy, positive way. Let’s celebrate FREEDOM this year in a new and powerful way. Let’s give each other the nod of approval that we can just experiment and be whoever we are without feeling judged. Now, that would be FREEDOM! Think of it this way. As a kid we were all GUTSY…Read More

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