How to Improve Your Working Memory

Overcoming Personal and Organizational Forgetfulness

Behavior, Productivity, Perseverance, Personal, Change, Coaching, Conflicts, Personal Effectiveness, Leadership Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Systems

I can sometimes be so forgetful that I wonder to myself if something is wrong with me. The next room, the next sentence, the next mouse click all can be no match for my absent-mindedness. I’ve learned though that I’m in good company. Being forgetful can happen to all of us at any age and […]

A Lasting Legacy From a Family Business

On the passing of local business leader Jim Wakefield

Legacy, Leadership, Succession Planning, Family Business

We had traded emails for several months; weeks sometimes passing between each.   The laborious prospecting for clients of my newly established coaching practice had finally yielded a coffee time with a reasonably interested candidate. Greeting Jim Wakefield and shaking his hand was enough to realize he was no stranger to hard work.  His rough […]

5 Toxic Effects of Gossip About Former Employees

And a few healthier alternatives for team building

team building, business building, leadership development, management development, culture, toxic culture

The meeting was going well until a name was dropped.  The ensuing chuckles and eye rolls suggested some kind of infamy or company lore. The only comment made was less than flattering.  And then the conversation continued as if nothing happened at all. But in reality something very septic just happened.  Something that often goes […]

3 Ways to Handle The Messy Middle of Conflict

Guiding Principles for Leadership Effectiveness

business building, leadership development, mindset, conflict, team buiding

Each time I teach on the subject of conflict I learn something new.  Life is full of case studies. At a recent client session with a management team I began with a “checkered flag/yellow flag” exercise where everyone shares a victory and a caution within their area of the business.  To the person, all of […]

5 Ways Leaders Say No in Yes Kinds of Ways

effective communication, time management, management tips, how to prioritize

Saying no requires a particular kind of skill, because an effective business leader can’t always be a “yes man” (or woman). Obviously, a CEO can’t give the thumbs up to every raise request, every idea and every client demand that comes across her desk. If she does, she’s not really running the show, but rather […]

What Top Talent Wants From Every Employer

Business Coaching, Business development, Culture, Entrepeneur, Leadership development, Strategic Planning, teams, Conflicts, career

A client recently made an offhand comment about a former employer that I found amusing and sad at the same time. In discussing strategies for recruiting and selecting top talent, he quipped about the challenge that business faced in finding talent period.  He said half the qualified people in the local market had previously worked […]