Three’s A Crowd

As I end my A, B, C and 1, 2, 3 effective leadership for women blog series, I want to discuss my biggest pet peeves when I attend conferences.  I realize women seem to always go to the ladies room in pairs, but why do they have to cluster and stay glued to each other’s … Read more

One is for Legacy

As I conduct trainings for a variety of organizations, it always dumbfounds me (and saddens me too) that some people are just “coasting” until they get to retirement.  These people barely do their duties and won’t even consider handling any tasks that are outside of their job descriptions.  Their managers who are in my workshops … Read more

ABC’s of Team Building – Z is for Comfort Zone

How often do you get out of your comfort zone?  For many people, getting comfortable with being uncomfortable can cause a great deal of anxiety.  However, the more you push yourself to get out of your comfort zone, the easier it becomes to do it.  The end result is being able to take on new … Read more

ABC's of Team Building – Q is for Quality and Qualified

I think most would agree that they want to work for a quality organization, alongside those who have the skills, emotional intelligence, etc. to get their jobs done well.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  Usually teams are put together based off of other factors including seniority, politics, and technical ability.  This causes major … Read more

ABC’s of Team Building – K is for Killer Words

Can’t, won’t, don’t, and never are words that we may not realize but when used improperly in a team setting can really bring down the morale of the group.  It is easy to see things negatively because it has actually been proven that as humans we gravitate to bad news or actions versus the positive.  … Read more

ABC’s of Team Building – H is for Honest

In today’s world, we are bombarded with news of people being deceitful and untrustworthy.  They may get away with something (or many things) for a long time but eventually they get caught.  These people may have grown up hearing the phrase – “Honesty is the best policy” – but obviously they chose not to take … Read more

Leadership Blog – W is for Win

“Think Win-Win isn’t about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration.” ~ Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  If you have ever read Stephen Covey’s book, he details the five elements of the win-win agreement. This can be a very effective … Read more

Leadership Blog – U is for Upward

Companies want increased sales and profitability; in essence they want to “move up”.  However, there are times when a leader should deliberately keep the company in a maintenance mode or even retrench.  There may be several reasons to do this but a savvy leader will know that to move a company forward, it may be … Read more

Leadership Blog – T is for Transparency and Trust

In today’s workplace, employees want to have their leaders be transparent.  In the old days, the “executive floor” had always been a place where decisions were made and it was assumed everyone would accept these “surprises”.  Employees today want to work in an organization where leaders are proactive in sharing what direction the company is … Read more

Leadership Blog – P is for Patience

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, was quoted as saying “Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.”  In today’s fast paced, ever changing world, it is become increasingly difficult to be patient but the better leaders know that to succeed, you must be patient in most cases.  As an example, when … Read more