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 […]

Developing Global Leaders

By: Louise Korver, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Who has potential for global leadership? In the past, most organizations developed global leadership skills by expatriating or through globally cross-functional teams. That is yesterday’s solution. These types of assignments are for the few, not the many, who are expected to perform effectively in a challenging […]

What makes a great leader?

By: Sattar Bawany, Managing Director, EDA Asia Pacific & C-Suite Master Executive Coach “It is evident that conventional leadership development practices are no longer adequate. Organizations globally need to incorporate the next generation leadership competencies in order to address the development needs of their rising leaders. This expanded group of upcoming leaders need to have […]

Leading in a VUCA World

By: Sattar Bawany, Managing Director, EDA Asia Pacific & C-Suite Master Executive Coach VUCA is an acronym that emerged from the military in the 1990s. It describes the “fog of war” — the chaotic conditions that are encountered on a modern battlefield. Its relevance to leaders in business is clear, as these conditions are highly […]

Critical Thinking Starts with an Open Mind

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. I’ve spent a significant part of my career teaching and coaching executives in the area of critical thinking. A large portion of my work involves introducing formal processes – tools – such as SWOT Analysis, Deviation Analysis, Force Field Analysis, Fish Bone Diagrams, […]

Measure Twice, Cut Once

By: Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. My husband Todd is a carpenter. That’s not his day job, he is a business owner, but he is really good at wood working. Throughout the years he has built beautiful furniture, swings, and decks. The only thing about this great skill is that he is slow. He is artistic […]

Top Three Tips for Increasing ROI on Feedback

By: Rose Cartolari Most people I know cringe when they hear the words “let me give you some feedback…” or even when they have to give feedback to a team member or an employee. We dread emotionally charged conversations and brace ourselves for it. But, well delivered, valuable and genuine feedback can truly help people […]