Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Is your personal brand positioning you for your next job? The perks of some jobs are nothing short of regal. How would you like a no limits salary package, frequent First Class travel to exotic destinations, multiple residences, luxury cars, and guaranteed employment for your lifetime? If […]

When a “Strength” is Not a Strength

By: Maya Hu-Chan, C-Suite Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. What is your signature strength as a leader? Is it your energy? Which characteristic is the one that you have truly built your leadership reputation upon? Did you know that this strength could actually be holding you back professionally? The concept of strengths-focused development makes complete […]

How to Know when it’s Time to Go

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. What do Jeff Immelt, Travis Kalanick, and Howard Schultz share in common? Besides a healthy net worth, these executives were three of the 919 CEOs in publicly traded North American companies that either resigned, retired, or got fired in 2017—the most movement in the top spot in […]

Doing vs. Being – Leading with Balance

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Most leaders have a long mental, if not written, “to do” list. With the holidays on the horizon, that list can seem never-ending. But sometimes we are so focused on what we have to do as leaders, we forget about who we have to be as […]

Dear CEOs, It’s Time to Change the Org Chart

By: Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. There is a saying that you have probably all heard, “Common sense is really not that common.” I certainly can think of many scenarios where common sense is lacking in today’s business environment, but I grew up on a large farm in Western Oklahoma where a lack […]

Leadership, Loyalty, and a Leader’s Brand

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Does one question really tell it all? If it tells the story for a company, can a similar question tell the story for a company’s leaders? In 2003, Bain Consultant Fred Reicheld reported the singular factor most indicative of customer behavior was loyalty, measured by simply asking, […]

How to Manage Your Employees and How to Let Them Go

By:  Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. When it comes to leading others whether you have a small team or a large one, you may find that managing performance is difficult and moving people off, excruciating.  As the CEO of a consulting firm, I understand this pain as I face the same issues myself, […]

Building Your Crisis Management Culture

By: Scott Dannemiller, Chief Learning Officer, Executive Development Associates, Inc. If the recent string of cruise ship problems has you changing your vacation plans, you’re not alone. Over the past few years, cruise ships have experienced trouble at sea ranging from power outages to steering problems, not to mention the string of Norovirus outbreaks. The […]

The Two Complex Challenges Confronting Leaders Today

By:  Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Everyone wants to earn the big paycheck, but few want to deal with the challenges that C-suite leaders face to earn theirs. In normal times, leaders face typical challenges, including competition, supply and demand, cash flow, lawsuits and the like. But these are not normal times, and […]

Bold & Courageous Leaders Needed

By: Erin Terry, Director of Marketing, Executive Development Associates Have you been fortunate enough to work for leaders who embody courage? What does that look like? How did it make you feel? If put in a similar leadership situation, could you display the same level of courage to lead your team, department, or organization? I […]