Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

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    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

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    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

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    Donald Trump, Pandora and the State of Our Nation

    There was a curious incident during a recent basketball game between the students of two high schools in Massachusetts. Is it because of Donald Trump? Or is it just that somewhere on the planet Pandora, that beautiful gal from Ancient Greece, once again opened the mysterious box she was told never to open. And all hell broke loose. Pandora opened the box hoping to see gowns of silk and bracelets …Read More

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    Happy Holidays, Happy YOU

    I just came home from shopping for the last minute gifts for my family. Was it fun? Well, some of it was and some of it was rather annoying. I took time to observe my reactions to the good moments and the sour ones. Then I found some research that aligned with my feelings and I decided to share this now, while we are still in the throes of holiday fever. At least till after the New Year’s bells…Read More

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    Is Holiday Stress Following You to Work?

    How do you get year-end work done, prepare for family gatherings and stay in a happy mood when all you want to do in the morning is pull the covers over your head? That’s a question I get asked starting the day after Halloween non-stop till New Year’s Eve becomes a dull memory in early January. Why is there so much stress and frustration during this time of tinsel and mistletoe? Is it that wa…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

  8. How to Get Heard After You’ve Been Whacked Upside the Head

    Dear Dr. Sylvia, I know you think that we can all transform our negative patterns. I have my doubts. You see, I read your book…twice! And I still have a serious problem. I took the Pattern Aware Quiz and know I am considered a persecutor/bully. I have worked hard to change my style from being sharp and caustic with my team members. The transformation from persecutor to visionary just ain’t wor…Read More

  9. 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

  10. 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

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