Foster Creativity by Neutralizing its Enemies

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Everyone can agree that creativity is a crucial ingredient in the success of any organization. CEOs demand it because they know creativity is a strategic weapon in the war against the competition. However, within most organizations there are people – let’s call them […]

Reinventing Performance Management with a Performance Coaching Culture

By: Sattar Bawany, Managing Director, EDA Asia Pacific & C-Suite Master Executive Coach The announcement that General Electric (GE) has joined a list of high-profile companies that are getting rid of annual performance reviews has sparked an international dialogue among HR professionals about the usefulness of such appraisals—and the alternatives available for deciding who gets […]

What are you reflecting out to the world?

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. I recently saw a photo similar to this one posted by a friend on social media. I immediately got the sense of where she was – both literally as well as metaphorically. The picture itself, together with what was reflected back on the glass, revealed evidence […]

Is the glass ceiling a mindset issue?

By:  Maya Hu-Chan, C-Suite Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Contrary to what you may have heard, the fabled glass ceiling that holds women back from top jobs – is still alive and well. A recent Harvard Law Review report noted that, although there has been progress in both the public and private sectors across the […]

Are you “so over change” right now?

By: Patrick Hollingworth, Sr. Consultant & Leadership Speaker, Executive Development Associates Are you “so over change right now”? If you are, then instead of watching something crummy on TV tonight, read this instead – it’s really important! In previous posts, I’ve presented the case that the world in which we’re living is becoming increasingly volatile, […]

Breaking Through Groupthink with Simple Questions

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. How many times have you been in a meeting and have been afraid to say something because you believed it went against what the group was thinking? Or, worse yet, nobody in the meeting spoke up because everyone believed it’s not what the […]

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 […]