Strategy

Diversity is a Strategic Advantage

Relegating the responsibility for diversity to HR hasn’t worked. Diversity in selection as well as in succession planning has become a CEO issue in many companies (For more on this topic, click here). The best CEOs and leaders see the importance of diversity and inclusion as critical to their strategy for growth, their brand and […]

Expose Yourself and Reach Your Long Awaited Goals

I was reminded about the importance of facing, even embracing what we fear most as I read about Jason Comely, an IT professional who feared rejection.  In my psychological training, I studied “exposure therapy.” Exposure therapy is a technique that helps people who avoid objects, activities or situations because they are afraid or uncomfortable with […]

What Do You Want?

We negotiate daily. Whether it’s to define the scope of a project, close a sale or agree to who picks up who when soccer season starts. Negotiating has become a way of life for many, especially if you are an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial in spirit. In my work teaching Leadership & Influence within companies as […]

Missing Out on “Bro-fessional” Relationships?

Being excluded bothers me. I admit it. I’m talking about the casual get-togethers and informal social events where my male professional peers share information, make introductions, and generally bond. Being excluded leaves me feeling like there’s still an “Old Boy’s Club” and they’ve hidden the key. It’s not that I want to be part of […]

Fearless Leadership

Guest Blog By Laura S. Scott When consultants Priscilla Nelson and Ed Cohen polled over 2,800 business professionals from 122 countries and asked them what leadership characteristics they admired the most, “Courage” ranked as one of the top five most admired global leadership traits, based on what survey respondents thought was needed to succeed in […]

Ask Gracefully, But Ask

I recently attended the Waves of Change Women’s event honoring former Tampa Mayor, Sandy Freedman and Sheila Johnson, co-founder of BET (sold to Viacom for $3 billion in 2002) and the first black female billionaire. Currently Johnson serves as Founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts which includes Innesbrook Resort as one of its properties. Johnson’s […]