The Magic of Dreams

The Magic of Dreams

I could tell that the 50 senior leaders in attendance needed more.  There were no smiles, no nods of approval, very few "ahas," minimal smiles, or deep insightful responses to questions posed.  Nothing.  Only blank looks and sneak-peeks at cell phones.  My session was not going well. Suddenly, it came to me.  Bring in the clowns!  That's right - full-fledged entertainers in Bozo attire.  Professionals trained at injecting fun and good times.  The clowns rolled in...on little tricycles...in zig zag formation.  It was working - people became happier - and then my mind…continue reading →
Turning Poison into Medicine

Turning Poison into Medicine

Herbie Hancock, one of my favorite musicians, made a big mistake as a young musician while playing piano with the then world famous Miles Davis band.  Herbie described the incident in an interview,  and his experience was something that many people can relate to. My Experience I had been "kicking myself" about an error made earlier in the day with a big client.  The error was heavy on my mind....it seemed like the only thing I could do was to dwell on the mistake.   The mistake that I, and I alone, had made.…continue reading →
Slow Down…to…Speed Up

Slow Down…to…Speed Up

The URGENCY OF NOW is super prevalent today.  Quick connections (online, on the phone, social networks), up-to-the-minute information ("breaking news"), instantaneous responses (text, twitter, email), and NOW is the norm.  Unfortunately, our brains and bodies have not been wired for the speeds that today's world brings.  We go faster and faster....but are we headed in the right direction? As a coach, I get to not only be in the action, but watch closely as High Performers navigate through the racetrack of life.  My biggest observation? That many people need to slow down, just…continue reading →
Executive Leadership Academy at Carnegie Mellon University

Executive Leadership Academy at Carnegie Mellon University

The Executive Leadership Academy, a signature program of The Advanced Leadership Initiative in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University announced its inaugural cohort of 24 individuals in January 2019. The Advanced Leadership Initiative is a new initiative for the Pittsburgh region whose mission is to address corporate diversity by investing in African American executive talent. Carnegie Mellon serves as The Advanced Leadership Initiative’s Academic Partner for the Executive Leadership Academy, an eight-month executive education program.  The Initiative is designed to provide the tools, exposure and training necessary to increase the visibility and success of high-performing African-Americans…continue reading →
Relationship Modulation

Relationship Modulation

mod•u•late - to vary the tone, intensity, frequency, amplitude, and/or phase.  My work in the Executive Development Program (EDP) at Kellogg Graduate School provides constant reminders of how important it is to modulate our behaviors in relationships.  By adjusting to other people, we create and maintain strong anchors to our relationships. In EDP, small groups of leaders from all over the world - the Far East, Africa, Europe, South America, other parts of the U.S. - work together for 3 weeks on ways to become better equipped to realize their potential for general management roles. My role as a group facilitator is to…continue reading →
Emotionally Intelligent Behaviors

Emotionally Intelligent Behaviors

Travis Bradberry recently published a great article called "18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People" (http://time.com/3838524/emotional-intelligence-signs/). If you're like me, keeping up with 18 things is next to impossible.  However, in my work as an Executive Coach, I've found the following 3 behaviors important to high performing leaders: 1.  Knowing Strengths and Weaknesses - An awareness of self and of relationships can be a most humbling experience.  But its worth it.  How can you be better?  Doing more of the good, and less of the not as good, is a great path to follow. 2. …continue reading →