November 21, 2017

Gratitude and Mindfulness

Wishing you and yours a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday Gratitude – a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation. Mindfulness – paying attention to the present moment. I wanted to share a few takeaways from a recent Mindfulness Lecture I attended featuring Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, hosted by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & […]

New thinking gets Lean

Most leaders have at least one area of concern associated with their businesses that keeps them awake at night. To keep a finger on the pulse of what executive leaders are facing, the Executive Development Associates, Inc. conducts a survey every other year to understand the trends, growth, and evolution of executive development. The group […]

Tools for Making Meaningful Connections

How we meet and make new business connections and clients may have changed significantly, yet it still remains critical to the longevity of most small and large businesses alike. The standard operating procedure for making contacts and generating leads can vary significantly by industry. There are still a few human communication basics that continue to […]

Color Your Work Environment for Success

One measure of our professional state of mind is what I like to call our workday vs. non-workday preference barometer. I define this as one’s level of hope or dread of workdays compared to Saturdays, Sundays, vacation and holidays. Many of us have had days we weren’t exactly looking forward to, and when we feel […]

Cultivating creativity in 10 minutes

It’s 8 a.m. on a typical work week. A steaming cup of coffee, tea or boosting breakfast beverage sits nearby like a private, tiny cheering section. You choose your favorite writing utensil and writing pad, or you open your computer and see that each of the programs you need to complete are the projects lined […]

WANTED:YOU- Immediate Availability to Begin Living Your Best Life

These days life seems to come at us faster than ever before. We are expected to make quick decisions, be responsive, and keep up to speed on the ever-increasing amount of information and technology. Yet while we are trying to shave seconds off our schedules, are we missing the big picture? Our colleges and universities […]

Leadership Independence

Few celebrations have the opportunity to teach us as much about leadership and independence as the 4th of July- when the USA celebrates our national independence. The historical significance, the innovative leadership behind the birth of our nation, and the continued call for courageous action towards the futures of ourselves, our communities, and the companies […]

A Healthy Perspective on Wellness Programs

Over the last 5 years, the Affordable Care Act has made Americans and their employers more aware of their position as health care consumers than ever before.  Prior to 2011, health care premiums were growing at shocking double-digit increases. Since that time, the average monthly health care premium growth has slowed to 9% as more […]

Happy Father’s Day

Our dads are important leaders in our families. Our culture has provided a number of support opportunities for moms to take a break, express pent up emotions in healthy ways, and openly seek coping mechanisms for stress, all deservedly so. Yet occasionally, our dads might be a bit of an afterthought. How do we honor […]

The Leadership Gap – Building a Bridge

Everyday more corporate leaders are retiring. In fact, the U.S. is facing the retirement of 33 million baby boomers by 2020, leaving a rather large and potentially threatening leadership gap for businesses to fill. The process of filling the leadership gap will not accommodate the time commitment needed for training the next generation of leaders. […]