Retooling Leadership Development: Our New Book

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal discussed a seismic shift in how people view their jobs. According to surveys completed by the Gallup Organization, the vast majority of workers now state that having a great life comes from having a great job. The article goes on to say that the best way to have a great job is to have a great boss who knows what she or he is doing. This leads, of course, to engaged employees...

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Don't Make Boeing's Mistake Your Mistake

It’s been just about a week since Boeing 737 Max airplanes were grounded around the world. We’ve heard from politicians, safety experts and airline passengers but surprisingly little from Boeing itself. They’ve posted a half-hearted statement on their website indicating their support of the action taken but no large scale communication initiative has been undertaken by the company. There are 2 types of actions an organization can take to address critical issues. The first is preventive, where a known problem...

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Strike A Pose

Last Friday was International Women’s Day and I loved seeing all the social media posts of strong women. Like the “Fearless Girl” bronze statue that stands proudly at Bowling Green down in the Financial District of Wall Street, women from all over the world were expressing how they are standing up for their beliefs and actions. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s 2012 TED talk on “power posing” has garnered over 50 million views. Her message was simple. Our body language affects...

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This Goes A Long Way

We attended a local college dance recital last weekend and as I was waiting for the show to begin, I overheard a conversation a few rows ahead of me. Seems that a student was introducing herself to one of the professors sitting nearby. As he asked her about her background, she responded, “Oh, I’m just a freshman,” she said, and I loved his response. “Just a freshman,” he stated, “I consider freshman to be our most important students. They bring...

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