Let’s Talk Turkey – Be More Authentic in Your Conversations at Home and Work

Thanksgiving has long been among my favorite holidays. It’s devoted to being grateful for all we have and considerably less commercial than other holidays. Despite the euphoria that might set in as we visualize how wonderful  our upcoming Thanksgiving might be, many leave the holiday feast feeling fat, angry and disillusioned after “quality time” with […]

Shake Hands

Saturday Night Live’s most recent sketch where the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton characters do a dance to avoid shaking hands makes an important point. If things get vindictive enough, neither party will respond and total communication is lost. In the real debate, neither candidate acknowledged each other by shacking hands initially. Why did they […]

Courage Takes Heart

Courage takes heart

Leading with courage involves overcoming our own fears, apathy or feelings of hopelessness as we pursue a course of action that we believe is right. It is the ability to handle events in the moment and not recoil when the going gets rough. Courage is the ability to face difficulty, uncertainty or pain without being […]

Strategy or Vision: Does it Matter?

Yes, it does matter. After years of working on strategic planning projects with executive teams, I continue to observe confusion about what strategy really is. Leaders often mix up defining the vision, mission, values, goals and objectives with strategy. They believe that because they have a strategic plan, they have a strategy. In discussions and […]

Why Boards Need More Women

Board of Directors Need More Women

Just as it’s true for work teams, diversity on boards leads to increased innovation, productivity and performance. When different perspectives are represented—various ages, educational backgrounds and expertise—boards operate more effectively, according to Scientific American. While most CEOs know the benefits of having a diverse board, gender diversity on boards is still overlooked today. Fewer than […]