Top 6 Communication Mistakes That Keep Women From Becoming Leaders

Top 6 Communication Mistakes That Keep Women From Becoming Leaders

Women represent 50% of the population, 60% of college degree earners, 47% of the US workforce, and hold 52% of professional jobs. However, when it comes to leading organizations, women only hold about 14% of leadership positions. There are a many reasons for this leadership gap, from over-emphasis and under-valuing of gender differences, to the […]

Accountability is the Language of Successful Leaders

Accountability is the Language of Successful Leaders

Over the past week, the word “Accountability” has come up over and over again. First, it was a client who was looking for a customized program for her leadership team to help them learn how to hold themselves and their employees accountable for their actions. The second time was when I was having a discussion […]

It’s Time to Stop Believing These Motivation Myths

It’s Time to Stop Believing These Motivation Myths

Motivation. The elusive Holy Grail of managers around the world. “Why aren’t my employees motivated?” “How can I motivate my employees?” “Why can’t I keep motivation going?” At least once a week I’m asked one of these questions by a caller, client, or workshop participant. The Gallup organization estimates that disengaged, unmotivated workers cost businesses about $300 billion […]

Four Lessons Learned from Jim Collins – Applied to Communication

Four Lessons Learned from Jim Collins – Applied to Communication

On Monday, I was lucky enough to attend the opening keynote address at the Government Finance Officers Association which was presented by Jim Collins, leadership expert and best selling author of several books, including “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t.” I have no intention of repeating his presentation by […]

My Top 10 Favorite Quotes About Communication

As far as I’m concerned, communication is the key to success in everything we do. From our relationships to our work, communication is what keeps us moving forward, learning, growing, overcoming obstacles, and it’s what makes life worth living. The abundance of quotes on the topic proves to me that I’m on to something, so […]

No one admits to being one, but are you a blamer?

No one admits to being one, but are you a blamer?

Today I facilitated a workshop for one of my favorite AND my longest- running client, Harris County Texas! It was a great group and our topic was dealing with difficult customers. One of the “difficult types” that resonated with so many people was the “Blamer,” that person who doesn’t see their role in situations, doesn’t […]

8 Reasons Your Organization MUST Have Standard Operating Procedures

8 Reasons Your Organization MUST Have Standard Operating Procedures

Right now, I’m writing this post from a hospital waiting room while my best friend is in surgery. Sitting with her in pre-op and listening to the doctors and nurses running through their “checklists” and explaining how her procedure would go, reminded me of this blog post I wrote in 2015. It’s as applicable now […]

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