As a young woman, I yearned to be President. I wanted to see the United States shatter the final glass ceiling. Sadly, women will have to wait at least another four years for that opportunity. As disappointing as the election outcome is for half of our nation, it is not surprising for those of us … Continue reading Why Hillary Lost

Two different topics have been swirling through my conversations with clients and colleagues recently. The first speaks to the glaring need for leadership development at all levels of an organization; the other to the reluctance to add full-time employees to payrolls for positions that may be better served by outside professionals – if they are … Continue reading Every Company Needs a CLO: Chief Leadership Officer

We’ve all been there. The well intentioned get together with a group who aspires to do better. It could be in starting a new project with work colleagues or a volunteer organization getting ready for a new year, whatever the setting the experience is familiar—an earnest trainer brought in to lead the group on setting … Continue reading Choosing to Lead is the Only Way Organizations Work

There are the moments in life when we experience “being in the zone.”  It might be the perfect golf swing that lands the tiny white ball in the middle of a luscious green fairway.  It could be a sales pitch where the words fall effortlessly from our mouth at the right time and with the perfect tone … Continue reading Being A Better Person

It is that time of year when the weather warms and those in classrooms begin longing for days of unfettered freedom.  Too often experiencing the school setting as suffocating rather than exhilarating, students, teachers and administrators alike are stuck in system that is decaying, and the only “answers” are to rearrange the content delivery instead of … Continue reading My Wish For Every Student: Part I

My morning started with an e-mail from a client who is a federal government analyst, upset about a missive from her training department eager to check-off their employee development box with a variety of offerings.  The catch?  Leadership development was restricted to “managers only.”  I guess it is time for the feds to understand what … Continue reading Why Leadership Coaching Is For Everyone

Albert Einstein’s genius is so highly regarded that he remains an iconic symbol 59 years after his death and the references to intelligence at the mere mention of his name have become a part of our vernacular.  Yet, in a story by NPR Einstein’s Lost Theory Discovered . . . And Its Wrong (http://www.npr.org/2014/03/20/291408248/einsteins-lost-theory-discovered-and-its-wrong)  not … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Being Wrong Sometimes?

THE INDIVIDUAL:  Anchors activity in his/her leadership Owns the talents and strengths s/he brings Embraces the passion that powers his/her participation Makes the connection between his/her contribution and the mission of the team THE TEAM: Communicates its mission and purpose to members and external audiences Examines challenges with comprehensive analysis and develops innovative solutions Transcends … Continue reading Leadership Connection’s Fast Facts: Seven Stages of Team Development

We tend to think of the Holiday’s as a time away from work, commitments and responsibilities—and for many that means leadership. That belief comes from the perception that our conduct at work is somehow disconnected from our personal lives. Leadership is love in action, and that love and action are a part of our lives … Continue reading 3 Steps to Being Your Best at the Holidays

Politico’s story on Bill Clinton’s recent 70-percent approval rating, the highest ever recorded for him, attributes his popularity to his ever increasing focus on global issues eschewing political firestorms. While the former President has clearly evolved into a man focused on creating solutions to “neutral problems,” is this an evolution of character or the making … Continue reading Is Being Less Political Key to a Good Leader?