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Book Summary: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

Book Summary: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho

When Kathleen O'Grady, Founder and CEO of Raleigh Coaching, suggested that I read this book, I could tell that she was excited for me to do so...and for good reason. Coelho's book was written 25 years ago and is just as relevant today. The Alchemist is a story about a...

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The Power of Purpose

The Power of Purpose

Building a Strong Business Foundation One of the most memorable experiences I had during my corporate years was doing consulting work with a non-profit organization as part of a management development program. My cohort was asked to bring our experience and skills to...

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Put Your (Six) Thinking Caps On

Put Your (Six) Thinking Caps On

There are many methodologies to choose from to help us think differently, but one of my favorites is Six Thinking Hats. Developed by Edward de Bono, a pioneer in brain training and lateral thinking, Six Thinking Hats is a deceivingly simple and highly practical tool...

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Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace

Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace

A common discourse in the workplace these days is how to improve creativity and innovation, which can be central to an organization's performance and sustainability. As the knowledge-based, interconnected global marketplace continues to move ahead at warp speed, it...

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Boosting Employee Commitment (Getting Beyond the 9-to-5)

Let's get real. You want your people to be resourceful, show initiative, think for themselves, own their jobs, come up with solutions, and then implement them with little guidance from you once they've been trained. You think you hired the right person with every...

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Simple Tools to Fight Stress

Chris Kresser is a leader in health, nutrition, and integrative medicine; and recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness. I love his article 5 Simple (But Powerful) Tools for Fighting Stress and want to share it with you here. Chris...

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Communicating with Impact

The most effective organizations are those whose cultures emphasize building strong interpersonal relationships, whether internal or external. Doing that requires effective communication. Communication is Key... Communication is one of the most fundamental skills we...

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Deciding How to Decide

There are many skills/capabilities and characteristics that a person needs in order to be an effective manager. To me, any such list should include that a manager:  1. Consider the possibilities. Critical thinking skills are essential to turn things upside down...

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The High Cost of Poor Executive Hiring Decisions

One of the services that I frequently provide is helping companies evaluate C-level job candidates, for positions such as CEO, CFO, COO, CTO, Chief HR Officer, GM, and heads of sales and marketing. Typically, the candidates have been identified and vetted by an...

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