Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. 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…Read More

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    The Power of Film and Film Stars: Thank You Jim Carrey and Leonardo di Caprio

    I sat through the Golden Globe Awards hoping to see and hear something that would stay with me emotionally. With all the sixth grade humor about butt holes, alcohol and sexual innuendos I was able to multitask and get some work done on my new book, “Every Word Counts.” I kept thinking “When did we lose the elegance of wanting to elevate and help people grow?” Toward the end of th…Read More

  3. Wind Surfing Santa

    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…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 i…Read More

  5. Naughty Can Become NICE

    The road was slick from the rain. I did not want to complain because the Bay Area needs to fill up its rivers and reservoirs as fast as possible. None the less, when a car swerved just a bit too close for comfort I shouted out from that place inside that activates stress “Watch out you jerk.” My nine year old granddaughter said simply, “Grand-mom that was not very mindful. When we get home…Read More

  6. Leadership and kindness

    Are you tired from all the bully boss blogs? Tired of all the negativity and “gotcha game” complaints that go from co-worker to co-worker? Do you play in the CYA arena and get stocked with all the gossip at work? The month of December is the most gossipy month of the year. Office parties often lead to smirky comments about partners, clothes, and crappy surprise gifts (the ones that no one is …Read More

  7. GUTSY Leadership: Butterflies in Your Belly

    When I met Livia Genova-Pagano at an eWomen’s networking event in suburban Philadelphia I was struck by her strong and assured presence. I saw the word GUTSY written in the middle of her forehead. When we talked I saw how perfectly positioned she was for life to take her on a fast and fun ride to high level leadership. Her delight with her company was effervescent, she bubbled and sparkled. We…Read More

  8. To Go or Not To Go: What Would a Leader DO?

    Decisions that are both professional and personal are more complex for today’s women (and men) than in the past. When boundaries were clearly defined, we knew what to do and when. And if we didn’t like it, well, we just stuffed it! Today we are asking more questions and looking at creative options. Sometimes I think it would be great to go back to a more structured, orderly way of life. Read …Read More

  9. Leadership in Action: The Perfect Pitch

    [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="Go Lincecum!"][/caption] Last Thursday I had a fun time watching my mind make comments to myself and then I learned, once again, about how hard it is not to judge, and to stay open to everything around me.    Here’s the scene: sitting in a middle seat on a totally booked airplane going from Newark to San Francisco, a five and a half hour…Read More

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