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Notice: 5 ways to improve your observation skills

I do my best to take daily walks in the park near my home.  This past week I happened to walk by a father with his two young children on a couple of ...

Conversation Rules of Engagement this Holiday

We look forward to gathering with our families and friends during the holiday season and yet this year may offer interesting challenges. With the rece...

Tolerance or Acceptance: What are you communicating?

Growing up, I often heard my parents preach the importance of demonstrating tolerance for all who might be different than me – different in backgrou...

Are you a Decathlete or Specialist at Work?

At work, do you do one thing really well or have you developed the ability to do many things with a high level of proficiency? I look forward to ...

3 Convention Speakers & What We Can Learn From Them

I am admittedly a speech nerd and as such I watched just about every speech at both the RNC and DNC forums. While doing my own analysis I was struck ...

Passion Re-boot & Reclaiming your Game

My sister Ellen has been kicking some serious butt lately. She re-booted her passion for tennis after abandoning it for several decades. Ellen grew up...

Leadership Lessons from the Boy Scout Handbook

Sometimes what is old is new again. The Boy Scout Handbook was first published in 1910 and it has recently been used to turn around a troubled school ...

One thing all leaders can do to drive culture

Talk about it. organizational culture, analysis and development concept Leaders want to integrate core values, mission-critical goals and cultur...

Bryan Cranston on How to Fake It

You’ve all heard the expression, “Fake it ‘til you make it.” In essence it’s a technique to avoid the trap of a self-fulfilling prophecy rel...

Is it time for a Communication Face-lift?

Are you experiencing wrinkles of confusion? Have you witnessed sagging relationships? Don't panic, this may be occurring because your face has fallen ...

Resuscitate your interpersonal acumen in the digtal age

Over this past weekend, visiting with family friends, I noticed my friend David’s 10-year old son, Carter, immersed in his iPad during the entire af...

Leadership is a contact sport

CEO Coach, Marshall Goldsmith, recently blogged about his new model for leadership development that involves 8 steps outlined in more detail at http:/...

Are your employees engaged at work?

In Sunday's NY Times there was a featured article called Why You Hate Work By TONY SCHWARTZ and CHRISTINE PORATH MAY 30, 2014 Here are some ...

Coaching in action at hbk

What if there was an established channel in our organizations where the senior people could learn from the junior people and the junior people could b...

What Google looks for when they hire

This past Sunday in the New York Times, Thomas Friedman featured “Part 2” of his interview with Google’s Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president ...

Free the business strategy and mobilize people power

As a leader in an organization, you are likely to be perceived as the one with the answers. You can expect team members to look to you for direction a...

Cascading communication is key to success

What would it mean to you and your organization if your employees were well informed, clear on strategy and focused on the right things? I know we ca...

Stuff Authentic People Say

Jack and Suzy Welch's recent opinion piece in FORTUNE (April 9, 2012) shares three guidelines for how any leader can tap into and communicate their au...

Putting things in context

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to good communication is the absence of context. Context is defined as a set of facts or circumstances that surro...