Take 5 for Teamwork

By: Saundra Stroope, Sr. Leadership Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. “For good ideas and true innovation, you need human interaction, conflict, argument, debate.” – M. Heffernan Conflict is one of those situations that some of us would prefer to avoid. But let’s face, you really can’t live without it. Healthy teamwork and conflict go together. The best team […]

COVID, Your Career & Newton’s Law

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. If you are looking for a unique sobriquet for 2020, the events of this year give you plenty of material. How about calling 2020 The Year of Non Sequiturs? How many times have we found rapidly changing circumstances make an explanation we are giving no longer flow […]

Restore your Surge Capacity in the New Year

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc.   As we regroup after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we often experience feelings of tiredness, fatigue, and stress alongside the happiness and renewal that the new year brings. Referring to this feeling, last week I heard someone say that they felt as […]

New Energy for a Tired Brand

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Brands are like buildings. With the right foundation, ongoing maintenance, and an occasional renovation, both can provide functional value for a long time. The oldest brand in the world is Kongo Gumi, established in 578 AD and family-owned for 1400 years. Dixon Ticonderoga has been making pencils […]

Leading Effectively in the 4th Revolution

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. “Adapt or die.” Billy Beane’s iconic line from the movie Moneyball, captured the motivating force behind the Oakland Athletics revolutionary use of sabermetrics, not talent scouts to select players for their baseball team. With a payroll a fraction of the size of other major league teams, Beane […]

Learning the Hard Way

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc.    Whoever said experience is the best teacher should have paid more attention to the curriculum. Life often gives the test first and the lesson later. Some lessons from experience should be obvious enough to not require taking the test for yourself. Lessons like:  You should pay […]

Don’t Crash Your Culture: Survive & Thrive

By:  Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc.    This morning I received a call from a long-time friend who does business development for another organization. He sounded stressed, and I soon found out why. He said, “if I don’t put some serious numbers on the board in the next 30 days, I am out of a […]

Uncover Your Hidden Talent

By: Joel Garfinkle, Leadership Development Consultant & C-Suite Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Every year, organizations invest untold amounts of money in the relentless search for executive talent. Recruitment is big business, and many will tell you reams of tricks and tips for hiring top talent, but what if the talent already works for you? Your current […]

The Key to Building Successful Global Partnerships

By:  Maya Hu-Chan, C-Suite Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc.  Are you an equal partner with your customers, planning for long term growth together? Or are the battle lines still drawn in every commercial negotiation as you try to hit sales figures and preserve your margins?  In recent years there has been a noticeable shift amongst large […]

Shot At….But Still Flying

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc.  Resilience is making a comeback in our corporate vocabulary. From Angela Duckworth’s best-selling book, Grit, to the U.S. Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program, to companies trying to ensure their own cyber survival, resilience is quickly gaining new ground.  Resilience, perseverance, and tenacity were frequent themes during memorial events remembering Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher. Between […]