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 […]

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. […]

Developing the Next Generation of High Potential Leaders

By: Prof. Sattar Bawany, Managing Director, EDA Asia Pacific & C-Suite Master Executive Coach  “It is evident that conventional leadership development practices are no longer adequate. Organizations globally need to incorporate the next-generation leadership competencies in order to address the development needs of their next generation of leaders. Organizations need to incorporate a different form […]

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 […]

12 Key Components of High-Performance Company Culture

By: Annette Klososky, Partner & Sr. Leadership Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Although it is still often overlooked, organizational culture is today recognized by the world’s most forward-thinking business leaders as essential to success.  Because of its direct correlation to team performance and company revenues, company culture is a crucial concept, and is often referred to as […]

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 […]

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 […]

Building Virtual Team Camaraderie

By: Maya Hu-Chan, C-Suite Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. How often have you leaned across your desk or paused in an office doorway to ask a colleague a question? Or raised your eyebrows at a team member, during a meeting with a tricky client, in silent, supportive communication? Along with water cooler conversations, these small […]

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. […]