Turning Negative Thinkers into Positive Ones

Posted on August 3, 2017

We all know negative thinking when we hear it, the challenge is managing our own negative thoughts even in the face of hearing the "half empty glass" dialogue of others.  This article by NYT health editor Jane Brody describes the compelling research of current social scientists whose data suggests that developing positive emotions in oneself promotes healthy bodies, minds and more life satisfaction.

This is How to Be More Productive: 4 Secrets from the Stoics

Posted on June 12, 2017

The Stoics were those Roman and Greek philosophers who flourished in and around the 3rd Century. The Stoic philosophers promtoed ways to manage one's minds to have a better understanding of the natural world, to be open to a broader view of life beyond pleasure and pain and, to treat others in a fair and just way. Sounds like a great formula for team work?  Yes, and we can also learn a lot from the ...

Be the Authentic Leader Your People Need

Posted on May 11, 2017

Many leaders are unaware of how their lack of authenticity chips away at people, breeding dissatisfaction, distrust and disloyalty. Organizational effectiveness and productivity suffer when workers view leaders as inauthentic. One out of three people distrusts his or her employer, according to the 2017 Edelman “Trust Barometer.” Four out of five don’t see authenticity in their leaders’ performance. When only 20 percent of leaders come across as genuine, they handicap their organizations with insufficient influence, ...

Can We Really Fix Dysfunctional Teams?

Posted on May 11, 2017

  Organizations waste vast amounts of time, effort and money each year by failing to recognize or correct dysfunctional teams. A PricewaterhouseCoopers study of 200 global companies across various sectors―involving more than 10,000 projects―found less than 3% successfully completed their plans. Similar research reveals 60%–70% project failure rates. In the United States alone, IT project failures cause estimated losses of up to $150 billion per year. Dysfunctional teams cannot be blamed for all business failures, ...

3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress in the New Year

Posted on January 17, 2017

By knowing what our strengths are, we can consciously think of using them when confronted with everyday stress.  This simple article offer a free strengths test that was developed by Drs. Martin Seligman and Chris Peterson- serious, respected social scientists who researched all major cultures to find out what strengths were key to being successful in that culture. Take the test and focus on ways to use these strengths everyday in the New Year to ...

Coaching Conversation Checklist for Smart Managers

Posted on January 10, 2017

A Coaching Conversation Checklist for Smart Managers In spite of wide-spread coach training, many managers aren't using coaching skills to grow and develop their people. Instead, they see themselves as problem solvers, cutting short conversations with employees by providing solutions, advice, and answers. Yet managers who coach find that their employees are more committed, willing to put forth greater effort, and less likely to leave. “Clearly, the benefits of building a coaching culture and increasing ...

How to Live the Good Life: 4 Secrets Backed by Research

Posted on November 20, 2016

[caption id="attachment_1684" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ...understanding feelings can lead to the good life[/caption] An important adult skill to develop:  Understanding your own emotions and how they contribute to your thinking.  Our best thinking leads to our best actions, producing the connections with others that we desire.  This article gives compelling research on how simple acts like smiles, touch and laughter can add great dividends to leading a good life.

The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus

Posted on November 13, 2016

When giving trainings in Leadership Management, people often tell me that the first thing they do in the morning is to check their email. Read this HBR post on how that little habit may catapult you into a day of having difficulty focusing and thus creating the productivity you want.

Why Leadership?

Posted on October 15, 2016

We hear so much about it … why should we study this topic? I have been working with owners of businesses, executives in corporations, managers, young and mature leaders and, high potential talented emerging leaders for over 20 years. Having read numerous books, articles and coached individuals from different professions…I still ask this question and continue to study the topic. But what does this concept mean and why the deep dive into training that so ...

Former Microsoft Employee Talks About Work Life Balance

Posted on April 19, 2016

This former employee from Microsoft gives some sobering yet essential advice on "when you know  it's time to walk away" from a demanding job.  Read this Huffington Post article on how he found the importance of -- being dedicated to your professional growth, without sacrificing your personal growth.