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 […]

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 […]

The Cure for Cognitive Bias

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Fake News. Alternative Facts. These are two terms that we hear too frequently in the news these days, and they are invading our teams and project meetings. I don’t intend to get into a political debate. What I do want to highlight is […]

How to Lead an Empowered Workforce: Part 1

By: Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. I was sitting in an office in another skyscraper in another city talking to another leader about empowering her team. This is a common scene in my life and one that I love, the work of helping leaders become the best they can possibly be. This scene […]

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 […]