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Recession-Proof Your Leadership

It’s easy to lead when conditions are great. Business is booming, salaries are competitive, and bonuses are generous. Executives praise their teams, and a winning attitude permeates the culture. But those who understand the cyclical nature of business know that peaks

Fix it, Then Continue Leading

In my DEI work with clients, I focus on the importance of Trust, Candor, Humility and Grace. For leaders to be effective and for employees to feel connected and valued within their organizations, these qualities need to become central aspects

Your Silence is Speaking Volumes to Employees

No matter when you read this, something going on in the country or the world today is having a negative impact on your employees. From mass shootings to economic instability to the fear of losing rights once thought permanent… this

Leaders Need Friends

Lessons from a Forty-Year Friendship   It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top. And it shouldn’t be. For leaders to successfully model and coach good interpersonal behavior, they have to engage in it.   That’s not always easy. Numerous studies and

4 Essentials for DEI Success

Most leaders today agree that a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is important to their organization. A mid-2021 Harris Poll, conducted in partnership with Just Capital, found that 94% of large organization employers (500+ employees) say that their organization recently

A Leader’s Guide to Hiring Top Talent

Across all industries and levels, companies are finding it difficult to hire. Various reports show millions more open jobs than there are candidates to fill them, so recruiters are becoming more creative, resilient and enterprising as they seek your next

Your Culture Has Left The Building

5 Keys to Cultivating Culture Anywhere Gift-wrapping a colleague’s cubicle on their birthday. Presenting an official key on the first day of work. Touching a sculpture in the lobby for good luck. These are all examples of office-based traditions that employees –

7 Essential Skills To Boost Your EQ

Everyone knows a manager who excelled at all the technical aspects of their job and was promoted based on that success. But soon comes the realization, either by colleagues or to themselves: what got them here won’t keep them here.

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