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Why Leadership is Essential for Success

leadership-training

Why Leadership Training is Essential for Success

With noble intentions, organizations in the United States spend nearly $200 billion dollars on leadership training. And I’m sorry. Whenever I hear the word “training”, I think of monkeys. Or sea lions at Sea World spinning balls on their noses.

Can leaders even be trained? The jury’s still out on that one. Some declare that leaders are born; and just as many say that leaders can be made. Continue Reading

Why Effective Leaders Listen

I Hear What You’re Saying, but…: You’ve been working on a proposal for weeks about an idea you have for your organization. The day has finally come. You’re in the Board room, seated in front of the Executive Team, presenting your PowerPoint slides in a most professional manner. Talking the members of the team through… Continue Reading

Real Leaders Cry

“Just hold it together, Susan; just keep it together.” I can’t tell you how many times I have said these very words to myself over the past 18 months, the most recent being a few short days ago. I was driving my youngest daughter to the airport; it was Christmas Eve. This was going to… Continue Reading

Leading is Serving

    Making my way home from a business trip to Houston, waiting for my flight to board, I busied myself by researching some articles on leadership. Hobby Airport was busier than I have ever seen it – thousands of people bustling around, standing in long lines, even running to catch flights, carrying bags full… Continue Reading

Synchronicity in Business

Become Curious, Become Inquisitive You’ve been thinking about a dear friend or colleague for the last 3 days. On the third evening, the phone rings. You answer; and the person calling is the very person who has been on your mind and heart. You walk into a bookstore to browse with no intention of making… Continue Reading

The Starting Point of Everything

The Power of Intention This past weekend, I was chatting with my friend and business partner, Jacky Voncken. She was preparing a design block for a workshop she is delivering to the younger generation of a large organization in the Netherlands. Having viewed the Elements videos on Generon’s website, Jacky asked me, “Which 3-minute video… Continue Reading

Dialogue in Action: Creating Meaning through Words

Dialogue is a transformative process – a symmetrical form of communication distinct from conversation, discussion and debate.  It is the only interaction where participants act as peers, driven by authentic curiosity and respect rather than power.  Power relationships often inhibit the combination and interweaving of ideas that characterize Dialogue.  Dialogue goes beyond ordinary conversation because… Continue Reading