What Can Leaders Learn From a Tooth Fairy!

What Can Leaders Learn From a Tooth Fairy!

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of being the Emcee for a Hallowe’en fundraising event. There was a great crowd there, including many young children, and most  people were dressed up in costume. The venue was decorated magnificently with all sorts of unusual items to scare and intrigue the guests. There was a professional juggler, […]

Why Professional Development Must Never be a Budget Cut!

Why Professional Development Must Never be a Budget Cut!

  This post is taken from my book “Get F.I.T. Go Far: 15 Things Leaders Absolutely Must do to Increase Organizational Performance,” with some modifications. There is no future for an organization if staff are not continuously growing, learning, and getting better at what they do. Some organizations are committed to giving their people enough […]

How F.I.T. Is Your Organization?

How F.I.T. Is Your Organization?

Organizations, like people, are organic entities in a state of constant flux. They can be out of shape, incredibly fit, or somewhere in between. When was the last time you looked into the mirror of your organization? Did you see a vibrant culture with enthusiastic employees, or a stagnant organization that has difficulty adapting to […]

Who Let The Bugs Out? First in a series…

Who Let The Bugs Out? First in a series…

Who Let The Bugs Out? How Organizations Can Improve Performance By Studying…Insects! In the Big Picture, organizations haven’t been around all that long. On top of that, the longevity of organizations is substantially less. According to a Bank of Korea report in 2008, there are only about 5,500 companies in 41 countries that are more […]

Are You A Misfit?

Are You A Misfit?

  I accept the fact that I am a “misfit!” I’ve spent most of my life trying to “fit in” with family, friends, work, and society at large. The simple reality is however, that I often don’t. The youngest of 5 children and an “accident,” I was born later in my parents’ lives, so most of my siblings had left before […]

Difficult Conversations

Difficult Conversations

Julie: “What? That’s what you called me in here for? What about all the other people that come late? I don’t see you talking to them. And besides, I work WAY harder than most of those people when I am here.” Employer: “Julie, we’re not here to talk about anyone else. I value your work […]

How Much Is Too Much?

How Much Is Too Much?

Imagine that on Nov. 6, 2012 YOU are elected to be the President of the United States of America! Imagine how your life will change when you become the President, Imagine all the new decisions that you will have to make or be consulted upon to make…decisions that could change, save, or even cost lives…Imagine […]

Why Can’t We All Play Nice & Get Along???

Why Can’t We All Play Nice & Get Along???

Why is it that in some groups, in some situations, people get along. In fact, people thrive! They’re willing to be vulnerable, to be open, to be honest, to take risks, to set their egos aside, and to respect other people’s points of view. It’s not rocket science is it. Recently I attended a camp […]