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 […]

Bold & Courageous Leaders Needed

By: Erin Terry, Director of Marketing, Executive Development Associates Have you been fortunate enough to work for leaders who embody courage? What does that look like? How did it make you feel? If put in a similar leadership situation, could you display the same level of courage to lead your team, department, or organization? I […]

Onboarding: Just a Fad or a Key Differentiator?

By: Erin Terry, Director of Marketing, Executive Development Associates You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Yet many organizations ranging from start-ups and small businesses to large government entities and multinational corporations have yet to embrace the importance of onboarding as a critical component of their overall organizational culture. Consider these […]

The Art & Practice of Servant Leadership

By: Sattar Bawany, Managing Director, EDA Asia Pacific & C-Suite Master Executive Coach Increasingly, companies are recognizing that leaders who demonstrate high emotional and social intelligence competencies are crucial to their organizational effectiveness. Why? Because ultimately it is the people within the organization – leaders, managers, and individual contributors at all levels – who must […]

The Beauty of Letting Go

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. I am grateful for Fall. It reminds me of how beautiful letting go can be. Intuitively, we all know that some things we need to let go of. But it’s so much easier said than done, even when we know that we’re holding on to things […]

Foster Creativity by Neutralizing its Enemies

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Everyone can agree that creativity is a crucial ingredient in the success of any organization. CEOs demand it because they know creativity is a strategic weapon in the war against the competition. However, within most organizations there are people – let’s call them […]

Reinventing Performance Management with a Performance Coaching Culture

By: Sattar Bawany, Managing Director, EDA Asia Pacific & C-Suite Master Executive Coach The announcement that General Electric (GE) has joined a list of high-profile companies that are getting rid of annual performance reviews has sparked an international dialogue among HR professionals about the usefulness of such appraisals—and the alternatives available for deciding who gets […]

What are you reflecting out to the world?

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. I recently saw a photo similar to this one posted by a friend on social media. I immediately got the sense of where she was – both literally as well as metaphorically. The picture itself, together with what was reflected back on the glass, revealed evidence […]

Is the glass ceiling a mindset issue?

By:  Maya Hu-Chan, C-Suite Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Contrary to what you may have heard, the fabled glass ceiling that holds women back from top jobs – is still alive and well. A recent Harvard Law Review report noted that, although there has been progress in both the public and private sectors across the […]