Stop Paving Pathways with Straw

By: Scott Dannemiller, Chief Learning Officer, Executive Development Associates, Inc.  Unless you have been forcibly locked in a doomsday bunker, you have no doubt seen the escalating debates between presidential candidates in the media.  And, as Fall quickly approaches, one familiar sight is making a frequent appearance.  The Straw Man  In critical thinking parlance, the Straw Man Fallacy is one where […]

Being Heard vs. Being Understood

By:  Maya Hu-Chan, C-Suite Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc.  How often do you find yourself feeling surprised when a global team member or colleague reacts in an unexpected way to something you say or have asked them to do? Do you find yourself thinking: “They just didn’t get it!”  If this sounds familiar, then I have news for you. […]

Developing the Next Generation of High Potential Leaders

By: Prof. 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 next generation of leaders. Organizations need to incorporate a different form […]

The Importance of White Space

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc.  How much does your life resemble a webpage designed by an amateur? Competition, short attention spans, distractions, and the fear people won’t stay on a page compel inexperienced web designers to fill every available inch of screen space with content. Parallel factors push executives to fill their lives in […]

12 Key Components of High-Performance Company Culture

By: Annette Klososky, Partner & Sr. Leadership Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Although it is still often overlooked, organizational culture is today recognized by the world’s most forward-thinking business leaders as essential to success.  Because of its direct correlation to team performance and company revenues, company culture is a crucial concept, and is often referred to as […]

Foolproof Steps to Finding Inner Focus

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. An important (and fleeting) skill in today’s business world is the ability to focus. It improves the quality of your thinking, your conversations, and your relationships with others. However, with phones constantly buzzing and competing priorities constantly vying for our attention, being present and concentrating on what’s right in front of […]

A Clear, Simple Approach to Critical Thinking

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. When you have a problem to solve or decision to make do you take the time to Stop and Think?   As simple as it sounds, most people don’t take the time to reflect on the problem they are trying to tackle or the decision they are trying to […]

Uncommon Sense

By: Scott Dannemiller, Chief Learning Officer, Executive Development Associates, Inc. If you’re looking for signs of a pending Zombie Apocalypse, look no further than your nearest emergency room.  Anyone who has seen an ER at 2:00 in the morning knows the scene.  Everywhere you turn you see bleary-eyed souls stumbling around a sea of people, mentally exhausted […]

Energizing Executive Innovation

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Any CEO in touch with reality will tell you that innovation is critical to a company’s enduring success. Surveys reveal that between 23-45% of CEOs place innovation as their top priority. If innovation holds a supreme place in the minds of C-level executives, why do many leaders […]

How to Lead an Empowered Workforce: Part 2

By: Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. In my last column we covered both why we need an empowered workforce and what it looks like in action. Today, we will cover the leader’s role. So, let’s say a leader does all the “right” things for today’s workforce. He or she pushes decisions down to […]