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People who know me well have experienced my systems-fixing proclivities. I constantly find myself musing about things like improving efficiencies while waiting in line at the coffee shop or grocery store. Yet no industry has enthralled me more than the airline industry. As a frequent flyer, my attention is usually riveted on ways that airlines … Continue reading Time for a New Airline

This year’s Oscars became a historic must-see show that had millions of people talking about it in the following days – but not for the best reason. As just about everyone knows by now, the three hour and 49 minute broadcast came to be defined by the final five minutes when La La Land was … Continue reading Oscars Snafu Reveals Hollywood’s Leadership

At this moment, wherever we turn, we find reflections on the importance of community and coming together to share creative experiences, be it the pink-hat wearing women banding together to support equality, the burgeoning Hygge movement making its way from Denmark or stories about the positive health effects of creativity in our later years. What … Continue reading Creative Communities Cultivate Leaders

Recent workplace trends point to a continuing evolution in how individuals can thrive in their jobs, and to what organizations can do to cultivate excellence while retaining valuable employees. Although the goals may seem clear, the path will only be effortless if organizations focus on fostering the leadership of their employees. Leadership is about individuals … Continue reading Leadership is the Key to Keeping Up with Workplace Trends

Every four years the United States experiences the epitome of democratic ideals through the peaceful transfer of power from one President to the next. While recent polls show the current transition of Presidential administrations is not one a majority Americans are thrilled with, it gives us an opportunity to be grateful for what our democracy … Continue reading Supporting Democracy Through Gratitude

This year has provided so many topsy-turvy examples of leadership, encapsulated by the unexpected rise of President-Elect Trump, who prevailed despite upending every norm and expectation for a presidential candidate. We shall see whether Trump’s unconventional approach to campaigning translates to an effective tenure as president. For the rest of us who are trying to … Continue reading Communicating As A Leader: More than Words

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

Today’s blog is co-authored by Kathleen Schafer and Bill Parent, Lecturer in Public Policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. When two recovering political operatives get together it no surprise that even pop culture takes on an election year patina. Recently over coffee our conversation turned to the film, Sully. Neither of us had … Continue reading Tonight, Hillary Must Lead