Breaking Through Groupthink with Simple Questions

By: Lou Quinto, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. How many times have you been in a meeting and have been afraid to say something because you believed it went against what the group was thinking? Or, worse yet, nobody in the meeting spoke up because everyone believed it’s not what the […]

Stand: An Essay on Character

By: Louise Korver, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Are you ready to take a stand? A recent edition of the WSJ Business & Finance Section contained eight articles about the policy-level, global implications of deceit and reputational risk at some of the world’s most renowned brands and firms. And that didn’t include the cover […]

When Play Makes Good Work

By: Rose Cartolari, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. It’s obvious that play outside of work  ̶  through sports, games, family activities, and community functions – is essential. What is less obvious is our need to play at work, as we work. Playing as we work can energize us, help create stronger bonds with others, […]

The Impact of Leadership & Culture on Productivity

By: Sattar Bawany, Managing Director, EDA Asia Pacific & C-Suite Master Executive Coach In recent years, many well-known companies have either disappeared or were taken over. Leadership or rather the lack thereof is believed to be one of the contributing factors to their turmoil. Hence, it proves that capable leadership is a critical element in […]

Mastering Cross-Cultural Communication

By: Maya Hu-Chan, C-Suite Coach, Executive Development Associates, Inc. How do you master cross-cultural communication when “yes” really means “no”? A trick question, right? I’m afraid not. This is a real issue for global business leaders and, every day, there are communication breakdowns occurring across the world as different cultural norms conspire to confuse and […]

What will your approach to VUCA be?

By: Patrick Hollingworth, Sr. Consultant & Leadership Speaker, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Rather than might is right, think light is right. As you’ll see, I’m slowly building a case for a new way of doing things. In a nutshell, it goes something like this: The new landscape for ourselves and our organizations is volatile, uncertain, […]

Turn Stress into a Crucial Business Advantage

By: Simon Vetter, Sr. Consultant, Executive Development Associates, Inc. “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye, Psychologist With the constant challenge of balancing our personal and professional lives, stress has become a familiar companion. According to the American Institute of Stress, 33% of Americans experience what they […]

Top 10 List for Mid-Career Onboarding

By: Louise Korver We have a new lens for mid-career leaders as they onboard. Many executives that endured boredom and less-than-attractive circumstances during the last seven years are eager for change and looking to make a move. Some hold back due to fear of change—but for those who are finally ready to move on, the […]

How Generational Differences in the Workplace Impact Corporate Culture

By: Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, Executive Development Associates, Inc. Meet Kelly Tran. Kelly is the Founder/CEO of two companies, Appable and vakargo. Kelly is 30 years old and she is the perfect example of how generational differences are impacting workplace culture. I first met Kelly at Coffee Slingers, a creative coffee hangout in the urban renewal […]

The CEO’s Role in Developing a Learning Organization

By: Prof. Sattar Bawany Have you actually asked your CEO or senior business leaders to be directly involved in training? Before lamenting the absence of senior management support, be sure that you are being direct and asking them to get involved. Let me share a story that was told by the Head of Learning & […]