Don’t Let “What If” Overshadow “What Is”

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. As the holidays wrap up and a new year approaches, I am trying harder to focus my thoughts on gratitude and kindness. I always feel a need to step back from my daily worrying, fixing, yearning, and striving to change what doesn’t work in my life. […]

Drop the Anchor & Innovate

By: Scott Dannemiller, Chief Learning Officer, Executive Development Associates, Inc. When I’m working with a group of leaders who are looking for the secrets to innovation, I ask them two questions: True or False? The population of Turkey is 7 million. What is the population of Turkey? Let me guess.  You were expecting something more […]

A Framework for Effective Organizational Decision-Making

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. This past weekend I watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In one of the last scenes of the movie, the evil archeologist who is pursuing Indiana Jones finds himself confronted with a decision – “Which chalice is the Holy Grail?” Assuming that […]

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 […]

Cognitive Readiness & The Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Sattar Bawany, Managing Director, EDA Asia Pacific & C-Suite Master Executive Coach Digitization has significantly impacted organizations across all sectors and industries. In each case, the impact is a different one which makes it essential for companies to have a good understanding and view of what they face and how digitization will affect their […]

Avoiding the Sting of Poor Decisions

By: Scott Dannemiller, Chief Learning Officer, Executive Development Associates, Inc. My 9 year-old son recently asked what he could do to earn some money.  My wife gazed out on the now defunct cement Koi pond in the backyard of our new home and said, “I’ll give you $50 to break up the pond and haul […]

Is Conformity Keeping You from Success?

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Social conformity is a powerful and hidden motivation that influences our decisions and strategic planning in ways we don’t even realize or understand. It’s called “that’s the way we have always done it.” This is a way of thinking that hinders innovation and […]

Critical Thinking in Turbulent Times

By: Scott Dannemiller, Chief Learning Officer, Executive Development Associates, Inc. My mother is a typical senior in her mid-70’s. Except, instead of sitting on the porch and knitting, she prefers attending big, crowded festivals and twerking with her grandchildren. You know, like most AARP members do. So, it seems only fitting that, for her 50th […]

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 […]

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 […]