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. […]

Say you want a resolution?

By: Scott Dannemiller, Chief Learning Officer, Executive Development Associates, Inc. happy new year Sorry. I know the phrase above should be typed in all caps with an exclamation point. But I just can’t do it.  You see, my wife and I have two very loud children. In an effort to bring some peace and tranquility […]

Doing vs. Being – Leading with Balance

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Most leaders have a long mental, if not written, “to do” list. With the holidays on the horizon, that list can seem never-ending. But sometimes we are so focused on what we have to do as leaders, we forget about who we have to be as […]

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 […]