Visionary Leadership: The Ultimate Game Changer

By: Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Have you ever noticed that when there is a lack of vision, decisions are made based on minutiae?  For example, in my hometown of Kansas City there is a lot of complaining about the airport. I mean A LOT.  And it has been going on for years. […]

Stand: An Essay on Character

By: Louise Korver, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Are you ready to take a stand? A recent edition of the WSJ Business & Finance Section contained eight articles about the policy-level, global implications of deceit and reputational risk at some of the world’s most renowned brands and firms. And that didn’t include the cover […]

When Play Makes Good Work

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. It’s obvious that play outside of work  ̶  through sports, games, family activities, and community functions – is essential. What is less obvious is our need to play at work, as we work. Playing as we work can energize us, help create stronger bonds with others, […]

The Impact of Leadership & Culture on Productivity

By: Sattar Bawany, Managing Director, EDA Asia Pacific & C-Suite Master Executive Coach In recent years, many well-known companies have either disappeared or were taken over. Leadership or rather the lack thereof is believed to be one of the contributing factors to their turmoil. Hence, it proves that capable leadership is a critical element in […]

Mastering Cross-Cultural Communication

By: Maya Hu-Chan, C-Suite Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. How do you master cross-cultural communication when “yes” really means “no”? A trick question, right? I’m afraid not. This is a real issue for global business leaders and, every day, there are communication breakdowns occurring across the world as different cultural norms conspire to confuse and […]

Unintentional Gender Bias at the Top of the House: What’s the solution?

By: Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. I once wrote an article for the Human Talent Network called I Wish I Could but I Can’t on how women often hold themselves back from taking the top jobs in large companies.  I stated reasons like these: They just don’t see themselves in the top seat. […]

What will your approach to VUCA be?

By: Patrick Hollingworth, Sr. Consultant & Leadership Speaker, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Rather than might is right, think light is right. As you’ll see, I’m slowly building a case for a new way of doing things. In a nutshell, it goes something like this: The new landscape for ourselves and our organizations is volatile, uncertain, […]

Critical Thinking or Creativity: Which is most crucial?

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Imagine this. Experts are divided on which skill is most important to business and personal success – critical (rational) thinking or creativity. It’s like watching Fox News and MSNBC report on the same event, but as usual, both reach different conclusions. Who can […]

Turn Stress into a Crucial Business Advantage

By: Simon Vetter, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye, Psychologist With the constant challenge of balancing our personal and professional lives, stress has become a familiar companion. According to the American Institute of Stress, 33% of Americans experience what they […]

Executive Presence: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Creating executive presence – how well a person speaks, looks, and acts like a leader – is the big buzz in training circles these days. According to a new study by the Center for Talent Innovation, being perceived as leadership material is essential to being promoted […]