A Change Happens: Manage it Effectively

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Everyone has heard the phrase, “change is constant”, however, when we are faced with change our first reaction is to cringe or loudly object. Why is that? The reason for the reaction is because change indicates, more often than not, that we are […]

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 […]

Dear CEOs, It’s Time to Change the Org Chart

By: Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. There is a saying that you have probably all heard, “Common sense is really not that common.” I certainly can think of many scenarios where common sense is lacking in today’s business environment, but I grew up on a large farm in Western Oklahoma where a lack […]

Leadership is Knowing How to Ask

By:  Maya Hu-Chan, C-Suite Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. If there is ever an opportunity to add in an eighth deadly sin, then I am putting my hand up to nominate assumption. In my experience, assumption is already the #1 business sin; the destroyer of deals, the terrorizer of team dynamics – yet it continues […]

Leadership, Loyalty, and a Leader’s Brand

By: Joe Jordan, Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Does one question really tell it all? If it tells the story for a company, can a similar question tell the story for a company’s leaders? In 2003, Bain Consultant Fred Reicheld reported the singular factor most indicative of customer behavior was loyalty, measured by simply asking, […]

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 […]

How to Manage Your Employees and How to Let Them Go

By:  Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. When it comes to leading others whether you have a small team or a large one, you may find that managing performance is difficult and moving people off, excruciating.  As the CEO of a consulting firm, I understand this pain as I face the same issues myself, […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Master Difficult Conversations

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Many of us will go a long way to avoid conflict, but it is a natural part of work life. My clients estimate that up to 30% of their time is spent dealing with conflicts. In fact, if managed well, conflict can be a source of innovation, […]

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 […]