Executive Coaching & Leadership Development

  1. 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

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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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    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

  4. Can BAD People Be Good leaders?

    When Tom was fired from his CEO position there were lots of heads shaking side to side wondering what happened. Tom was a charismatic kind of guy who was always telling funny jokes and encouraging everyone to do the best they could do. He was both cheerleader and coach. So what happened? Let’s face it. Business can be brutal at the top rungs. The rules of the jungle often apply and if it is eat …Read More

  5. Toxic Woman at Work

    Dear Dr. Sylvia, The past few weeks have been like living in a super hot hell. There have been a ton of arguments and drama, mainly because one woman wants her way and is dividing our staff (we only have 20 people working on-site). There is Team A (Suzie’s team) and Team B (my team). It is evenly split with 10 for Suzie and 10 for me, Samantha. No real work is getting done. The issues are so stu…Read More

  6. How to Handle Difficult Personalities at Work

    You know the type, the guy or gal who is always pointing their finger at someone else when a mistake is made, or when the project is stalled. How annoyed do you get when there is no accountability, no responsibility for what is happening? I tend to almost hyperventilate! I want to yell “What is the matter with you? (more…)…Read More

  7. Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

    Knowledge of human relationships no longer belongs only to the psychology crowd. It belongs to all of us. Every leader or emerging leader in today’s workplace needs to look below the surface and answer the age old question when someone shoots himself in the foot “Why did he just do what he did?” We need to know why she just put her foot in her mouth. Why they have “egg” on their faces. I…Read More

  8. You Never Know About Someone Else

    Glenn Close is an Oscar winning actress who appears to the world as an elegant, cultured woman. If you just look at her persona you think she was raised in the lap of luxury with never a care. Then some of the challenges and disappointments begin to show themselves. Recently, Ms. Close revealed that she was raised in a religious cult from the time she was seven until she finally broke away when sh…Read More

  9. Which Bathroom is the Right One?

    I went to the soccer game in Buenos Aires. It was like being at a Broadway musical. The favorite team, the Boca Juniors were playing and the singing was stupendous. That is how they cheer the team, by singing and singing and singing. Now, the team did not perform that well and yet they were cheered on till the very end. No alcohol is allowed in the stadium and there is a definite rule against mak…Read More

  10. Leadership Development, Ego Stroking, “Atta Boy’s”, and Truth Telling

    I stood at the back of a fast food restaurant waiting for my colleague to get his coffee so we could sit in the summer weather when it isn’t even spring. My mind was in that "Thank God It's Friday" mode when suddenly I found my ears circling around to eavesdrop on two employees. “I see you have your stupid smiling face on the wall as the employee of the month”. “Yeah, it’s such a bunch o…Read More

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