The Coaching Conundrum

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc.  Ask 10 CEOs if their organizations promote a high-performance culture and you will get 10 positive responses. In a highly-competitive global market, no top executive would admit to anything less.   Characteristically, a performance-driven culture provides a plentitude of feedback and coaching that is shared up, down, and across the organization. If companies are so committed to coaching for performance, why do surveys […]

The Art of Audience Engagement

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc.   I’ve sat through literally hundreds of presentations. I know what you’re thinking: nobody should have to endure hundreds of business presentations in one lifetime. But alas, I have. Through all of them, I’ve observed that most presenters miss a great opportunity to ensure that the last […]

The Unique Role of the CEO

By:  Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. For most of us, there are leaders who have impacted our lives in ways that we will never forget.  They gave us something important, some lesson or words of wisdom or demonstration of work ethic, something that sticks with us. This is why I believe that leadership is a […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Step Up or a Push Out? The CFO’s Choice.

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Google the phrase “CFO Departures” and the headlines aren’t pretty: Shares Shed 7% in Reaction to CFO Departure CFO Abrupt Resignation Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test Company Climbs Following Q2 Sales Update, CFO Departure CFO to Leave After CEO Departure Company Files for Bankruptcy, Announces Departure of […]

Can Minimalism Work in Business?

By: Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Executive Development Associates has conducted Trends in Executive Development research every two to four years since 1983. The 2019 Trends Report, which is used by organizations to benchmark their own executive development practices, shows us that as the world shifting continues organizational leaders are working hard to shift […]