Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

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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

  2. Pandora's Box

    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

  3. Leadership Lessons: Take “Difference” out of Diversity

    HUH? You say. Diversity is difference. What else is there? Diversity management means having a rainbow culture with lots of people from different races, gender, ages, and ways of thinking and being. Isn’t that what diversity is all about? NOT QUITE. Diversity is about creating a culture where each individual’s UNIQUE way of learning and participating can become an integral part of the cultu…Read More

  4. Leadership Development: Breaking the Mold with Giants and Glee

      San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy refers to his team, now getting ready for the World Series as a “bunch of misfits.” Huh? They played super ball in their series against the Phillies. Misfits?   Switch to Glee, the hit TV show that is capturing the minds and hearts of our nation; the story of a high school singing club full of misfits. These kids get along best with each other, havi…Read More

  5. Battling Women and Windmills

    In our Total Leadership Connections program we teach participants to go beyond the obvious, that leadership in any field requires deep thought; superficial considerations are merely not enough. Recently asked what I thought about all the brouhaha around actor/director Mel Gibson’s racist and venomous comments to ex-girlfriend and mother of his child I decided to do some research. Based on what I…Read More

  6. Leadership and Change: Ready on a Moment’s Notice

    I must really be getting old! I remember when tornadoes were only meant to happen in Kansas. In past years most of us watched "The Wizard of Oz" and went along with Dorothy on her journey, yet it was just a story, right? While tornadoes indicate sudden change and danger they were "out there" in pockets of the country. They were meant to be in Kansas, not Connecticut. Well, not until this week anyw…Read More

  7. 5 Things to Brighten Up the Work Week

      What if everyday at work was amazing, rewarding, conflict free, and wonderful?   If that were the case you would be living in a pretend paradise that, I can assure you, would get boring, boring, boring within a month.   Anyone remember the movie "Pleasantville"? It is a 50’s type family living in a 50’s type community where everything is so….well pleasant. The beginning of the film is i…Read More

  8. “HMD” to All Women and Men Who Have Birthed Anything

      A female executive I am coaching called me very early this morning and complained about how hard Sunday would be for her. My response was not super professional; all I said was "Huh?"   She then launched into a soliloquy about the fact that she had made a conscious decision not to have children and every Mother’s Day she had tons of people who would look at her with sad expressions and eithe…Read More

  9. Ya Never Know!!

      I was sitting at my computer writing away when the rain started and the wind blew. It had been sunny only moments earlier. I kept writing, intent about getting the article finished before going to present at a local leadership seminar.   Then I heard a thud. I stopped to explore. The big wind was busy whirling and letting us all know it was in charge.   The glass table on the outdoor patio ha…Read More

  10. Leadership and Sankofa Mapping

    Ever get annoyed with someone and say, usually with indignation “Who do you think you are?” There is a new television series by that name that gives the question a whole new meaning.   Image via Wikipedia Last Friday there was an opportunity to look more deeply into the life of American football legend Emmitt Smith than just how he has done on the ball field or how well he could strut his stu…Read More

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