Adam Chalker, an Executive Leadership Coach with Innolect Inc., specializes in helping mission-driven leaders maximize their potential. More specifically, he helps leaders who are passionate about creating lasting, positive change in their organizations – and the larger world – and are hungry to take their game to the next level. To do this, Adam helps leaders develop the presence, mindsets, and skills to lead powerfully through change and complexity. This work often includes helping increase confidence, overcome obstacles, transition between roles, manage complex sets of stakeholders, and build great teams. Adam draws heavily from a variety of disciplines, including applied behavioral sciences, adult development theory, family and organizational systems theory, and neuroscience.

In addition to coaching, Adam serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Georgetown University Institute of Transformational Leadership in the Leadership Coaching Program. Adam has also served as VP of Customer Success at PlotWatt Inc, a big data analytics enterprise software company based in Durham, NC. Before that, Adam led the Organization Performance Solutions practice for Suntiva LLC, a boutique management consulting firm in Washington D.C. He delivered thousands of hours of executive coaching, team workshops, and leadership development trainings for private sector and government clients. He also worked as a Senior Leadership Development Consultant at Fannie Mae.

Adam works with leaders across business, military, government, and non-profit organizations. Client organizations he has worked with include the US Army Special Forces, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food & Drug Administration, Fannie Mae, IBM, Verisign, McKinsey & Company, law firms, and various private equity companies.

Adam completed his Leadership Coach training at Georgetown University and holds a Masters in Human Resource Development from George Washington University. He completed his BA at Davidson College. Adam holds the Professional Coach Certification from the International Coach Federation, as well as certifications in the Workplace Big 5 Profile Personality Assessment, The Leadership Circle 360-degree assessment, Conflict Dynamics Profile, and CrossFit Level 1.

adamc@innolectinc.com

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

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Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Founded in 1994 AthenaOnline is one of the originators of microlearning and one of the first cloud—based, SaaS (Software as a Service) companies in the learning industry. Athena started delivering video over the Internet before YouTube was launched and had one of the first solutions for mobile learning (m-learning), which became an Apple iPhone staff pick in 2008. Our breakthrough approaches in e-learning have won numerous industry awards over the years and have been written about in many publications, including Fortune and WIRED magazines.

AthenaOnline was founded with the concept that people learned a lot in classroom environments, but they were inconvenient to attend and covered more than most learners could retain. Books were a clear alternative, but few people read business books. Realizing that technology might help bridge the gap between those who have business expertise and those who need it Athena’s founder, Jon Peters, started AthenaOnline with support from Boeing, McKesson, Chubb, NYNEX and The Institute for Management Studies.

As the Internet became more robust and was able to deliver a more compelling experience than simple text pages Athena shifted gears, first with its award-winning interactive courses based on video game principles (gamification) and later with a focus on bite-sized learning content. The MyQuickCoach microlearning platform was officially launched in September of 2001.

Innolect has partnered with AthenaOnline to offer the following resources:

Dangerous Assumptions of Communication
Many leaders consider themselves average or below average listeners, and yet they don’t do anything to improve their skills in the area. Dr. Kittie Watson shares four assumptions people often make about communication and what you can do to be a more effective listener.
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Identifying the Four Types of Listeners
Dr. Kittie Watson outlines the four listening preferences that people have so that you can figure out which one you identify with most and learn to adapt to those that are different than yours.
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Adapting Your Message to the Listener
Many of us listen very differently depending on the situation. Dr. Kittie Watson shares some tips about crafting your message to the type of the listener to whom you are speaking.
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Checking for Understanding in Communication
Businesses lose millions each year due to misunderstandings. Dr. Kittie Watson explains three ways to check for understanding during a communication.
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Closing a Communication
You may think you do, but you actually don’t need to listen intently all the time. Dr. Kittie Watson talks about the closing skill and how to stop or redirect a communication that isn’t a good use of your energy.
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Communication Between the Genders
It’s scientific fact that men and women listen in ways different from each other. Dr. Kittie Watson explains the differences and gives advice for how the two sexes can better communicate with each other.
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Opening a Communication
Dr. Kittie Watson shares some tips on getting people to open up, talk, and get the communication going.
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Listening Effectively in Order to Be Heard
Good listening skills are crucial for building meaningful relationships. Dr. Kittie Watson shares some tips for effectively listening so that others will listen to you in return.
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Eliminating Bad Listening Habits
Oftentimes employees feel unheard and disengaged as a result. Dr. Kittie Watson gives five bad listening habits that leaders — or anyone else — should avoid.
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Using Effective Listening Skills
Most of us are trained the least in the communication skill we use the most: listening. Dr. Kittie Watson outlines a system of listening with nine steps that you can follow to be more effective in this much needed communication skill.
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Diagnosing Communication Breakdowns
Errors in communication occur partly because listening is a very complex process. Dr. Kittie Watson explains the PIER listening model — a diagnostic tool to help you know where the lowest level breakdown in communication can occur.
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Replenishing Your Listening Energy
Dr. Kittie Watson shares a few tips for conserving your listening energy and being most effective in communication.

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Improving Listening Within Your Business
There are many costs associated with ineffective listening and many bonuses to effective communication. Dr. Kittie Watson gives a two-step approach to improve listening within your organization.
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Preparing Yourself to Listen
Most people think they can listen well when they have to. Dr. Kittie Watson explains why it actually takes practice and preparation to be a good listener.

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Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice located in four sites across New England and serving over 150 leaders annually, works to create a nonprofit sector which is exponentially more effective, connected, and diverse by investing in the development of current and emerging nonprofit leaders. To date, INP has trained 1,000 nonprofit leaders from 400 organizations that vary in size and focus– from small and local to large and international– from arts and the environment to health care and human services. INP has 10 years of experience training current and emerging nonprofit leaders through comprehensive, academically distinguished and multidisciplinary programs. Central to INP’s mission is a focus on diversity, inclusion, and advancing women and people of color in leadership.  

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Kristin Kaufman, an executive and leadership coach and consultant with Innolect, Inc., works with individuals, boards of directors and corporations to find alignment within themselves and their organizations. Kristin brings 25 years of corporate experience to engagements, including executive positions at Hewlett-Packard and United Health Group. At Hewlett-Packard, Kristin was the General Manager of the channels and partner program that supported Hewlett-Packard’s largest corporate accounts. This business represented a $3 billion revenue stream for Hewlett-Packard. As Group Vice President of United Health Group, she leveraged her strong knowledge of the technology business and how to leverage multiple channels to market in the increasingly complicated world of healthcare and healthcare insurance.

A member of the International Coaching Federation, Kristin earned the Professional Certified Coach distinction and was also awarded the Certified Leadership Coach designation from Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program. Kristin works with individuals and teams who seek ongoing personal and professional development. She uses a variety of assessment tools to help leaders gain insight including The Leadership Circle Profile (TLCP) 360, the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP), MBTI and Lominger’s Career Architect and Voices.

Kristin guides leaders interested in the power of honest self-awareness and enhanced knowledge of their stage of development to learn how they make meaning in the world and work. She passionately embraces transparency with others and ongoing feedback to enhance performance and regularly works with organizations in the areas of strategic planning, team building, emotional intelligence, and leading transformational change.

In her transition from corporate America, Kristin was chosen as of one of two private sector business executives to join the NYC Leadership Academy effort, the centerpiece of the New York City Children First reform agenda. With New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other senior leaders, Kristin trained/coached 1,200 principals and the top 100 staff executives.

A prolific writer, Kristin’s first book, Is This Seat Taken? Random Encounters That Change Your Life, was released on 11/1/11 to national acclaim, and endorsed by Stephen Covey and John Maxwell. Her second book, entitled Is This Seat Taken? It’s Never Too Late to Find the Right Seat was released in January 2015, and endorsed by Marshall Goldsmith, Sean Covey, and Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines.

Kristin has served as Adjunct Faculty for the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business working alongside Dr. Noel Tichy, and has offered her services in the Executive Education Program for Southern Methodist University, in workshops and leadership coaching. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Amanda Hammett was hired out of college as one of the youngest Technical Recruiters for IBM. After leaving IBM, she launched two separate multi-million dollar companies, prior to her 26th birthday. Amanda led these companies to a large client base across 85 of the world’s 196 countries.

By relying on her experiences as an entrepreneur and employer, she has a keen sense of the disconnects that the millennial generation is facing when entering the workforce as well as the difficulties corporate America faces in recruiting and retaining the best talent.
Over the past 5 years, Amanda has delivered over 800 keynote speeches to well over 100,000 millennials (over 500 schools and organizations in more than 25 states) to the very audience corporate America is struggling to connect with and motivate.

Amanda was given the nickname of the “Millennial Translator” by a group of college students after one of her many college speaking engagements. These days, she’s putting that name to good use preparing millennials inside companies to achieve greater impact and success. At the same time, she helps company leaders engage top millennial talent in ways that maximize their creativity and contributions. For over 15 years, Amanda has proven that she not only knows and understands corporate America, but she also knows and understands the millennials themselves.

As a consultant with Innolect, Amanda partners with corporate internal resources to develop strategies to attract, engage, develop and retain millennial talent as the next generation of leaders. Because of Amanda’s ability to grasp and articulate the millennial’s state of mind, she helps reverse the devastating effects of low company morale, productivity and ultimately, gains positive momentum and adds to the bottom-line by more effectively engaging employees to work together across generational lines. Her co-authored book, The Millennial-Manager Bridge: Millennial Engagement, Development and Retention, will be published in 2017.

Amanda continues to work with college and university groups to prepare and develop their leadership skills as they transition into corporate America. She understands how incredibly important it is to prepare millennials BEFORE they reach the workforce to accelerate their integration. Amanda currently serves as the Corporate Board President of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (aka HOBY) Foundation of Georgia where she leads a team of passionate volunteers to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

Amanda is a graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

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Debra works in partnership with executives and organizational leaders who are in positions that challenge their current leadership ability and/or management skill. Her clients are dedicated to their own learning, growth, and self-development. As leaders, they want to be more effective, authentic, and fulfilled as they embrace the challenges they face at work and in life. A member of the International Coach Federation, Debra has earned their designation of Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Debra’s clients are leaders from many industries, including: financial services, higher education, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, technology, government services and agencies, consulting and professional services, as well as entrepreneurial ventures, and non-profit enterprises. As a coach, Debra helps executives and professionals expand their leadership capacity, particularly in the areas of emotional intelligence, communications, influence, leadership authenticity and presence, problem solving, decision-making, team leadership, and change management. She uses a variety of assessment tools in her work, including The Leadership Circle Profile (TLCP), MBTI, The Hogan Leadership Forecast, the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP), and frequently conducts customized 360-interviews to collect relevant information as part of her client engagements. Her coaching services are designed to support her client’s needs, personal style, and desired results.

Debra has also served on the coaching cadre for several world-class leadership development programs, including ones created specifically for: high-potential mid-level executives; women leaders; partner-track lawyers; and high-potential emerging minority leaders. In this capacity, she gathered data and delivered feedback, created individualized development plans to support and strengthen her client’s continued success and leadership growth, and facilitated a personalized coaching experience for numerous rising executives.

Debra is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate program where she now serves on the faculty as a Learning Circle Advisor, guiding, mentoring, and evaluating students en-route to becoming amazing coaches. Additionally, she is certified as a Mentor Coach through Invite Change, and holds a M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.   As a life-long learner and individual dedicated to her own personal growth and actualization, Debra has been a student of adult development since 2008 when she began studying and working with leaders in the field, Barbara Braham and Susann Cook-Greuter.

debc@innolectinc.com

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Mike is an executive coach and leadership development consultant with whose passion is helping leaders and their organizations become the largest possible versions of themselves. His expertise includes design and delivery of leadership development programs, facilitation of strategic planning processes, development of change management initiatives and the coaching of both individuals and teams of leaders using a developmental perspective.

Mike is a former financial and operations executive himself, and he leans heavily on that perspective to ensure he frames his work with leaders in a business context. His approach to growth through coaching is a cyclical process of exploration, action and accountability, and he is valued by his clients for deftly striking the right balance of challenge and support.

Having an entrepreneur’s heart and an engineer’s mind, Mike has flourished in several startup opportunities and has also managed large-scale operations of 3,500 employees. Mike was fortunate during his 20-year career with three Fortune 200 companies (Capital One, Johnson & Johnson, and Bank of America) to have lived in Europe, and he has worked in over a dozen countries leading and catalyzing organizational change. Mike’s client base includes: PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Department of Education, LexisNexis, Chevron, Goodwill Industries, Northrop Grumman, Freddie Mac, Paychex, Met Life, SEC, McKinsey & Company, Publishers Clearing House, Rare Conservation, Department of Labor, VeriSign, FDA, University of Virginia, Rapiscan, CGI, FINRA, U.S. Naval Academy, Bon Secours, U.S. Treasury, and The White House.

Mike is proud to serve on the teaching faculty and as Co-Director of the Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University; he is also a graduate of the program and is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. Mike is also an educator with Duke Corporate Education and holds an MBA from The University of Virginia and a BS in Finance from California State University. He supports innovation and entrepreneurship as Co-Founder and Partner of an angel investing group and also serves as President of a non-profit foundation whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty in Richmond, VA through financial and leadership education of at-risk youth.

mikem@innolectinc.com

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

President and Founder

Kittie is the President and founder of Innolect, and has a passion for “Growing the Leader in Everyone.” With a deep appreciation for the challenges faced by executives in high-stakes settings, she focuses on mission-critical business needs. Her expertise in transformational change, strategic communication, talent development, executive assessment and coaching is valued by Fortune 500 and diverse companies such as Bayer, Entergy, Cricket, Pfizer, Zoetis, Carolina’s Healthcare, Compass and Southern Company.

Kittie designs fresh ways to grow capability and increase ROI within leaders, teams and workplaces. Integrating her personal values and work practices, she encourages clients to build strong, vibrant leadership pipelines by partnering with nonprofit organizations. Focused on creating more inclusive cultures, she quickly sizes up the crux of tough situations and provides leaders with powerful solutions that payoff for themselves and significant stakeholders.

As one of the first and youngest female chairpersons at Tulane University, Kittie is among the top 25 most prolific women writers in communication. She has authored or co-authored 15 books, numerous articles, and been featured on ABC’s 20/20. When not supporting clients, Kittie is an advocate for social justice issues, visualizes a universe of possibilities through watercolor paintings and kayaks/hikes to relax.

Testimonials

“I cal20130426_102857led upon Kittie and her team for assistance as we embarked on our customer and employee experience journey. In Kittie, I received a trusted business partner, not just another consultant. Kittie put her brilliant strategic abilities into action to deliver an innovative collaborative approach to engage and develop leadership at every level of our organization. Her approach of active listening, encouraging collaborative problem solving and demonstrating visible signs of change by our leadership have resulted in providing our organization the competitive edge it needs to meet future industry challenges. This unprecedented level of leadership/employee engagement in our organization has provided our transformation the best opportunity for sustainable success.”   VP, Customer Service, Entergy

“Thank you for the value that every conversation with you has brought to my development and for the significant contribution that you have made to my team’s success.”   Regional President, Zoetis

“You helped us take the next step as we create a legacy of listening across our entire organization.  The insights you shared with us will live forever through our leaders, our Associates, and the lives we touch as we bring healing to both the body and spirit of our patients and their families.”  Corporate Director, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare

kittie painting“Unlike many consultants, Kittie’s consulting relationships often develop into one as a trusted advisor. Kittie genuinely cares about those with whom she works as well as giving back to the community. She is driven by a personal mission, “To learn and grow every day and help others do the same.” Kittie maintains her integrity and focus to learn from even the most difficult situations. In fact, after her first coaching assignment with my team, I was compelled to write a letter to Kittie conveying what I observed during our client experience. Below are some excerpts:

  • She teaches that sometimes it hurts to hear certain forms of feedback but that this very painful awareness could lead to changes in behavior which will then result in real progress.
  • She uses discernment, and demonstrates fairness and humility.
  • She preserves another’s dignity – even after they have wronged you.
  • She follows-up, is very specific in feedback and in helping to create a development plan.
  • She always ensures she knows the facts!”                    VP, Pfizer

IMG_6834“We all believe in diversity and Kittie is one of those rare people who can weave the diversity together seamlessly into a tapestry.  It’s one of her great God-given gifts, and that, combined with her professional background, makes for a real genuine talent and a gift to the people around her.”  President/CEO, Handpicked

“You were so engaging, insightful and offered such unique ways for us to listen and learn more about each other at the same time! I was again impressed at how you captured the attention of the audience at both events. We made a wise investment in having you.”     Supplier Diversity Director, Southern Company

“Kittie has been a trusted advisor and sounding board to me for many years. I value her advice and counsel immensely. She is an innovative and creative transformational change leader and a visionary strategist. Her technical skills are masterful and her signature tools are marked by their practicality and simplicity. As a coach, mentor, confidant, listener and thinking partner to senior leaders around the globe, Kittie’s broad based skills in communication are only matched by her compassion and her capacity to strengthen others. Any organization or individual would be benefit from her “listening ear” and professional expertise.”    VP, World Bank

“Kittie – thank you so much for being our navigator and steady rock! You are the lighthouse in the distance on a dark and stormy night that gets us safely back to port. We absolutely could not have come this far without you!!!”                         Senior Director, Entergy

“All of the talks you and I had about leadership certainly paid off and I am happy to say that I use many of the tactics you and I spoke about often.  I passed along the idea of storytelling as a way of connecting and leading to one of my unit managers that successfully posted in to a Site Executive role — she was very appreciative!  Although our time together was brief, you made a lasting impact on my style of leadership.  I can’t thank you enough for the time, advice and wonderful ideas.”     VP, Bank of America

 

kittiew@innolectinc.com

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

An experienced Healthcare Leader, Registered Nurse, and Educator, Wendy works to inspire leaders to excel through learning, growth and presence. Wendy has over 20 years of active-duty U.S. Army service (retired Army Lieutenant Colonel), hospital program administration and local community leadership. Through her experience as a leader, clinician, educator, Veteran, and mentor, she engages and empowers others to achieve long-held goals.

Wendy excels at partnering with leaders to influence organizations strategically, operationally, and tactically. Leading teams, herself, that have ranged from several individuals to several hundred, and her experience spans across medical facilities, academic institutions, training organizations, and churches nationwide. She offers a depth of experience and has developed “best practices” that achieve sustainable results.

Wendy cultivated her skills in organizational and leader development through key roles that included Chief of Clinical Operations; Chief of Nursing and Health Services; Chief of Hospital Education and Training; and Chief Nurse Executive for the Department of Orthopedics, Neuroscience and Rehabilitation. Shortly after retiring she joined the Primary Care Team at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, serving as the Women Veteran’s Program Manager.  She is a Co-Founder and CEO of Catalyst Executive Advising and Development (CEAD), LLC., through which she shares her expertise as a Personal and Professional Development Mentor.

Wendy holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, as well as Post-Master’s Certification in Health Services Leadership and Management and Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions.

From Wendy:

Though she may be but little…she is fierce ~ W. Shakespeare.  I am a bold, beautiful and confident African- American Woman of faith who served as a United States Army Officer and Board- Certified Registered Nurse for more than 21 years, while maintaining roles of Military Spouse and Mother of two.  Accomplished leader; Educator; Sought-after Orator and Presenter.

 From Others:

 “What a wonderful, wonderful speech that truly inspired us all to do our part to serve our Veterans, and from our very own Wendy Perry…dynamic!”  Leadership Team, Charlie Norwood VA, Augusta

“She is my hero!  Wendy Perry is an amazing and insightful leader and speaker.  Her Veteran’s Day speech at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center was awe-inspiring and motivational…I can’t wait to hear her again.”  Kathryn Watkins, Charlie Norwood VA, Augusta

“Michael and Wendy are such a pleasure to work with. When asking them to speak to small businesses during Small Business Week about performing under pressure they exceeded all expectations. They were informative, engaging, and fun. They kept the audience’s attention and gave them information that could be applied to their own business. I would highly recommend them to any group for speaking engagements.”  Cassidy Harris, Columbia County

“ I absolutely loved hearing Michael and Wendy speak. Their Performance Under Pressure speech was very informative, interactive and energetic. They gave us advice that would be easy to utilize at work and at home. I would highly recommend booking Michael and Wendy for your next speaking opportunity.”   Becky Dearden, Columbia County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

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As an RN, Frances worked in health care and health care education for over 35 years. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in nursing and cared for patients in a variety of settings (Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC, Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC, and Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC). She obtained her MSN from Duke University and spent many years teaching nursing in the community college setting in North and South Carolina. Her career as an RN and educator naturally transitioned into Leadership Coaching and in 2010 she graduated from Georgetown University’s Executive Coaching program and established Baldwin Davis Group, and executive coaching firm.

Frances has experiences in leadership coaching working in a number of varied industries including but not limited to health care, metallurgy, insurance and financial industries, educators and graduate students, and faith  communities. Through working with issues ranging from increasing self-awareness, developing emotional intelligence, strengthening leadership presence, managing work/life balance, and enhancing communication skills, Frances believes that a client is able to live a more wholehearted, productive, meaningful life.

Frances also is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator℠¢, leading groups in Dr. Brené Brown’s workshops (the Daring Way℠¢ and Rising Strong℠¢). In addition, as a HeartMath Coach/Mentor, Frances works with clients in managing and reversing the effects of stress which are inevitable challenges in one’s life.

From Francis:

My dad instilled in me a core value that has been a cornerstone throughout my life.  He said “if you can make someone’s life a little easier, a little better, a little less painful each day, you will have a very blessed and fulfilling career.” As I have matured over the years, I find this to be true, but with a little adjustment. Now I know that if I can connect with someone and through confidential appreciative inquiry in a safe environment, and can help him/her discover, strengthen, and develop leadership capabilities, this client’s life will be enriched in all aspects.  And when that happens, I am so fulfilled. Thanks Dad!

Along with my one on one coaching and Daring Way℠¢ Workshops, I provide presentations on “Be a Positron, Not a Negatron”. I enjoy spending time playing golf and hiking the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. I am a Stephen Minister Leader and work with several faith groups in the Asheville area. I have three adult children and two twin grandbabies.

From Others:

“I own an organization development consulting firm that works with senior and mid-level executives to improve individual and organization’s performance. I have hired Frances to work with 12 leaders in highly intense, high tech industries. Her ability to assess the clients, develop coaching interventions, and drive results are quite impressive. Feedback from my clients validated my decision to use her firm and use it again in the future.”    Richard Ray

“Frances is incredibly gifted at listening, guiding, supporting, and offering solid solutions to enable clients to discover and create their talents to enhance not only their job performances, but relationships with their co-workers, leaders and clients.”    Sis Kilby

“I have worked with Frances for the past few months and have found her coaching to be thought provoking, awareness building and energizing. I am always amazed what a session with her can do to motivated and move me forward. Frances brings incredible positive energy, genuine curiosity, and creativity to her coaching.”     Angelika Sass

 

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

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Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

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Senior Consultant / Executive Coach

Michael E. Perry, Ph.D., Consultant and Executive Coach, believes that genuine relationships and care for other human beings are the keys to unlimited potential, no matter the organization or industry. He has committed his life to partnering with leaders to help harness the power of relationships to enhance performance, increase productivity, improve communication, and find common purpose. Mike’s goal is to “change the conversation” in ways that transform culture and create workplaces that draw and retain talented people.

Mike is an accomplished leadership, human performance, and behavioral health expert, having served for over 20 years in the US Army before his retirement.   He is an executive coach, leadership consultant, and licensed therapist. Mike has a natural ability to connect with people from all walks of life–an ability he attributes to his parents’ early messages of humility and appreciation for all people. Although he has retired from the military, Mike considers himself a life-long servant and has committed to partnering with private and public-sector leaders as they seek to create collaborative, high-performing teams.

Michael is sought after for his candor, compassion, and ability to help his clients envision previously unseen possibilities. His clients include the Department of the US Navy, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (SC), East Cooper Medical Center (Charleston, SC), Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC), Prince William County Public Schools (Woodbridge, VA), Meriam Process Technologies (A Scott Fetzer Company, Cleveland, OH) and the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce (Evans, GA).

Mike met an Army nurse named Wendy in 1997, and he has not left her side since. They were married at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Chapel in Washington, DC and now have two daughters, 17 and 14 years old. Mike and Wendy are also actively involved in developing a leadership consulting firm as well as leading ministry work for married couples in their community.

Mike earned his Master’s Degree in Research Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Mike also has earned a certification in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

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Consultant / Executive Coach

Jessica Bronzert, MBA, ACC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a Consultant with Innolect Inc. As an executive coach and change management consultant, Jessica’s passion is helping leaders and teams develop the capacity — not just the skills — they need to make the changes that make a difference to them and in the world.

Jessica has experience working with and inside many industries, including retail, financial services, health care and various advocacy and human welfare organizations. jessica-bronzertMost recently, she was Director of Change Execution at Lowe’s Home Improvement, where she helped lead a multi-year, company-wide effort to transform the culture and equip the organization to meet changing consumer demands.

Jessica is proud to be a part of the Third Sector Leadership program, which develops non-profit executive directors so they and their organizations can have maximum impact. She also coaches graduate students at Queens University on a pro bono basis.

Jessica is an Associated Certified Coach (ACC), and is a certified Senior Human Resources professional. She earned a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and a bachelor’s degree in Social Relations from Michigan State University.

jessica-bronzert-family“Jessica is the total package and has been an instrumental part of my career for over five years.  My coaching work with her has truly been life changing, helping me to make critical shifts in how I think about myself and my work.  Big company or individual, coaching, facilitation, or consulting, Jessica is able to get her clients pointed in the right direction. I can’t recommend her enough.” — Entrepreneur

“Jessica’s team building and facilitation approach is insightful in identifying and addressing problems and results in long term improvement to team relationships. Her unique approach gains trust quickly, draws out meaningful dialogue, breaks down barriers and identifies issues. She is a sincere and active listener, always.” — VP, Fortune 50 Company

“Jessica is an extremely effective coach and has just the right touch — she provides fresh perspectives and challenges my thinking in constructive ways.  Working with her, I was able to “unstick” myself from some long-standing situations.  Jessica also has helped me increase my own capacity to look at situations in different ways, to see possibilities and opportunities instead of barriers.  Having her as a sounding board and coach has allowed me to be much more effective in my current position.” — Senior Leader, Non-Profit Organization

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Harry Hutson, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant / Executive Coach

Harry Hutson, Ph.D., a Senior Consultant with Innolect Inc., is an executive coach and leadership consultant working from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Harry’s executive coaching practice builds leaders’ self-awareness, a key factor in leadership success–clarity about purpose, affirmation of strengths, acknowledgement of weaknesses, and confidence in the ability to grow and develop.

Harry’s current institutional focus is on nonprofit, public sector, and government agencies whose mission is social–helping make the world a better place to live.

His recent book, coauthored with Martha Johnson, former head of the General Services Administration, Navigating an Organizational Crisis: When Leadership Matters Most, examines the role of leadership in tough times and challenging moments–in healthcare, business, politics, or education. Their book is providing guidance to politicians, soldiers, police chiefs, doctors, deans, and CEOs.

As a coach and consultant, Harry’s major corporate clients have included Bristol-Myers Squibb, Citigroup, Hood Dairy, Lifeline (Philips), Pfizer, Starbucks, and Unilever. For twenty-five years, Harry worked as a leadership and organizational development leader or human resources executive in multinational corporations–Cummins, Avery Dennison, Global Knowledge, and Devon Energy.hatty-hutson

Harry has continuously pursued his professional development in study groups with master teachers in psychology and coaching. He is a former Master Coach with the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology. Harry’s books include Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (with Barry Dym), and Putting Hope to Work: Five Principles to Activate Your Organization’s Most Powerful Resource (with Barbara Perry). His articles appear in professional journals including HR People + Strategy and Harvard Business Review.

Harry practiced counseling at Harvard Divinity School, where he earned an M.T.S. He has a Ph.D. from Indiana Unversity, an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College, and a masters degree in education from Stanford. He is a Professor of the Practice at Kenan-Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

For many years Harry has served on the Board of Directors for the New England Center for Children, a pioneering school for the treatment of autism, with locations in Massachusetts and Abu Dhabi. Harry is also on the Board of Directors for the community shelter and food pantry, Urban Ministries of Durham, North Carolina.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Senior Consultant

Richard Speights is a Senior Consultant and Executive Leadership Coach at Innolect, Inc. Mr. Speights served in the United States Navy for 26.5 years in numerous senior management assignments both at sea and ashore specializing in logistics operations onboard nuclear ballistic and attack submarines and government contracts at major Navy Contracting Centers. Assignments also included positions as director of a Leadership & Management training division and instructor positions teaching leadership and organizational effectiveness. Concurrently during his active duty in the Navy, Mr. Speights was an Adjunct Instructor at various colleges teaching courses in Management, Business and Economics.

Richard retired from the U.S. Navy with the rank of Commander (O-5). Shortly thereafter, he assumed the position of executive director of a non-profit organization specializing in business development services to small, medium and large businesses pursuing government contracts. On April 30, 2004, Mr. Speights received a gubernatorial appointment as Director, Minority & Small Business Development Division, the chief advocate for minority and small business development for the State of Mississippi. Mr. Speights resigned his position in 2009 with the State of Mississippi to specialize in providing executive leadership and consulting services.

Richard is a graduate of Chapman University, Orange, California, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California with a Master of Science degree in Management with a concentration in Acquisition and Contracting. Rich is proud to say that his family and grandchildren fill all of his spare time.

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Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

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The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

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Product Specialist

Kamie works as Innolect’s Utility Outfielder when it comes to special projects. Working out of the Charlotte office, she handles website and marketing updates and enjoys the creative side of trade show and business development initiatives. On the client side, Kami leverages her extensive training experience to facilitate excursion learning events. She also supports Innolect’s commitment to the Greater Women’s Business Council by facilitating the Women 2 Women meeting monthly.

Kamie and her husband Paul enjoy spending time in the mountains and hiking.
kamiew@innolectinc.com

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

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Senior Consultant/Executive Coach

Since an early age, Virginia found herself captivated by change. Even before she had a language for understanding its sometimes predictable, and often mysterious and multi-faceted expressions, she loved it. She continues to be a passionate student of life’s unfolding riddles and has devoted her nearly 30-year career to supporting organizations and individuals in expressing their natural impulse to grow and evolve.

Virginia has a knack for understanding complex organizational landscapes and is attuned to seeing hidden interconnections. Her intuition and curiosity serve as sources of insight, as she listens beneath the words for patterns and desires to reveal potential pathways for development. As a skilled practitioner, Virginia holds the tension of paradox, leaving space for creativity to emerge.

While living in Switzerland, Virginia formally began her work as an executive leadership coach through a partnership with the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), and now supports clients across an array of industries and countries. She previously held senior positions in both the private and nonprofit sectors where she established in-house consulting teams and led multi-million dollar organizational change initiatives.

Virginia holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with advanced training in Integral Coaching℠¢ and adult stage development. She is one of a handful of executive coaches certified by Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter to score the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP/LMF). She is also certified as an experiential educator and is a licensed administrator of various coaching instruments, including the MBTI.

Virginia and her husband have lived in several U.S. and European cities. They now reside in Seattle, WA where Virginia enjoys volunteering for a number of leadership, social entrepreneurship and philanthropic programs, always supporting change and growth.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Senior Consultant/Executive Coach

Randy works with leaders worldwide to collectively think differently to support sustainable change Committed to individual learning and talent development, as an executive coach, Randy regularly consults with organizations in the areas of emotional intelligence, coaching, succession planning, and leading change. Randy is at his best when “playing in traffic,” a metaphor he uses to describe his teaching and consulting style. His intention while working with leaders is to create sustainable change through mindful practice. Randy believes that a leader’s ability to slow the action and reflect on one’s internal landscape is the key to leading effectively in a world often characterized by uncertainty and increasing complexity. Leaders in tomorrow’s world will have to become comfortable in the paradox of “being still while in motion.” As Vice President, Leadership Development at a publicly traded company, Randy reported to the CEO and coached executives to enhance performance. He currently serves on the faculty of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching program in the Institute of Transformational Leadership where he is the Program Co-Director for the Certificate in Transformational Leadership. Randy also teaches in the Leadership Coaching program Georgetown University and is a contributing author to On Becoming a Leadership Coach (2012). Randy earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Maya Townsend, founder and lead consultant of Partnering Resources, helps individuals, teams, and organizations thrive in our networked world. The practice is based on understanding how to leverage networks: the complex, interrelated, and often messy webs of relationships that drive all organizational activity.

Maya serves as an adviser to Gartner, the leading technology research and advisory company, on change management and organization network best practices. She teaches networked leadership, business ecosystem strategy, collaboration, and change management skills through the Corporate Education Center and has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels for Boston University and Northeastern University.

Maya is co-editor of Handbook for Strategic HR: Best Practices in Organization Development from the OD Network (AMACOM, 11/2012). Maya’s articles on have been published in CIO, Nonprofit Quarterly, Mass High Tech, Chief Learning Officer, Talent Management, and other online and print media. She serves on the Editorial Review Board for OD Practitioner, the premier organization development practitioner journal in the United States.

Maya has been a keynote presenter at Gartner and a main stage presenter at Inc. 500 | 5000. Her sessions at Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and Society for HR Management conferences have been acclaimed “best in conference” by participants. For more information on Maya’s speaking engagements, click here.

Maya graduated with distinction from American University / NTL Institute Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program and holds a certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown University. She is a qualified ValueNet Works practitioner and is also qualified in the Drexler / Sibbet Team Performance Model, Center for Creative Leadership 360 assessment tools such as Benchmarks, LJ Map Values Identification System, MBTI, FIRO-B, DiSC, and Bridges’ Managing Organization Transition workshops. Maya is a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, the Organization Development Network, and The Commonwealth Institute. Maya blogs for Inc magazine, the American Management Association, and Partnering Resources.

When not working, Maya enjoys chocolate tasting and hiking with her dog, Mitzi. She recently achieved a personal breakthrough by successfully replicating the famed Frida cupcake from the Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop of Austin in her home kitchen.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/mayatownsend

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Partnering Resources, LLC

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Partnering Resources, LLC is a management consulting company that specializes in helping individuals, teams, and organizations thrive in our networked world. We use deep knowledge of networks, the webs of relationships that exist in every organization, to help accelerate change and transition employees to the desired future state with minimum disruption and productivity loss. Founded in Cambridge, MA in 2004, Partnering Resources serves clients in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont plus select clients in the District of Columbia, California, Oregon, Texas, and abroad. Clients include Fortune 500 companies (e.g., Bank of America, Fidelity Investments, Hanover Insurance Group, Intel, McKesson, Novartis, Ryder, Thomson Reuters), mid-market companies (e.g., eCopy, eTeck, Financial Profiles, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals), and third sector organizations (e.g., City of Austin, MIT, NASA, National Braille Press).

 

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Sr. Advisor / Healthcare

Elizabeth’s expertise and passion are in the areas of executive coaching, strategic planning and team building, resulting from her numerous years serving as a Senior Executive in the healthcare and insurance industries. She held the position of Senior Vice President for Human Resources at Baystate Health System in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she had executive leadership and line responsibility for human resources strategic direction setting and policy development with a workforce of 10,000 employees and an HR staff of 150. With overall accountability to the President of the health care system, Elizabeth was responsible for positioning Baystate Health as national and regional employer of choice while increasing organizational effectiveness to enhance superior business relationships, internally and externally. As an executive coach, she assisted individuals to leverage their strengths and become more effective in the workplace. The focus was on ensuring specific behavioral changes that were sustainable, measurable and observable by the individual and others.

Elizabeth also served as Vice President Human Resources, Corporate Staff at Aetna Inc. in Hartford, Connecticut and worked in a variety of senior management roles with The Travelers Companies. She has assisted clients, both for profit and not-for-profit, in organizational development and business design.

She is a world traveler as a result of her extensive career with the United Services Organization (USO) in Europe and Asia. Elizabeth has been recognized for her uncanny insight, exceptional communication skills and attention to details. She presently serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. When time permits, she relaxes by immersing herself into her favorite pastime, painting oils of landscapes and still life.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

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Senior Consultant / Executive Coach

Sylviane Cannio is one of the pioneers of coaching in Belgium with nearly 4,000 hours of coaching. She started by adopting a “coach attitude” while training executives (1994) and students at the university (University of Wales/teaching Corporate Strategy). She then, progressively implemented the coaching competencies with corporate teams and gained experience with teams in large and smaller organizations. In 2001, Sylviane pursued the basic and professional coaching programs at Mozaik, Paris and Lille and later with Alain Cardon. She also went through a pallet of programs on various tools, totaling more than 20 days of training per year: in NLP (she is Master-Practitioner), in Transactional Analysis (she followed classes until level 6), in Coaching across Cultures, MBTI, PCM, Team coaching, Neuro-Leadership & Sciences, Belbin, and many others.

Sylviane’s strong point is that she combines her management skills (at IBM, Proctor & Gamble, and smaller corporations), her knowledge of the corporate strategy, marketing, communication (that she was teaching at the university for 17 years) and her skills in psychology and in interpersonal communications.

She started to coach executives on an individual basis in 2002 and continued coaching teams. Today she works with CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and other members of Executive Committees, mainly in larger corporations such as Danone, Chartis Europe, Solvay, RTL Television, Dupuis, National Bank of Belgium, Sony, etc. Sylviane is one of the five Belgian master Certified Coaches, the highest international recognized certification level for coaching.

In 2010, she was Vice-President of the International Coach Federation (20,000 members in 110 countries) and part of the Global Board between 2008-2010. As former President of the Belgian Chapter of the ICF, she was the organizer of the European Coaching Conference of 2006.

Sylviane authored the book: ‘Communiquer avec Authenticité et Rester Vrai’ published by Eyrolles, Paris and co-authored the coaching best-seller: ‘Coaching Excellence’ now available in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Russian.

She is regularly invited as a keynote speaker by various authorities: European Commission, United Nations, International Coach Federation (USA, France, Spain, Belgium, Peru, Russia), and is accustomed to large audiences.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

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Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Creativity Consultant

Jacqui Banaszynski is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who teaches and coaches other storytellers — student and professional journalists, corporate and academic communicators, advocates in the field, the information gatherer on the line and the visionary leader in the top office. After 30 years in newspapers, she is the Knight Chair Professor at the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism and Editing Fellow at The Poynter Institute, a world-renowned school for professional journalists.

Jacqui spent 20 years as a reporter at newspapers in the Upper Midwest and Pacific Northwest, writing about public safety and dairy princesses, workplace issues and women’s rights, environmental battles and sporting events, dogsledders and refugees of famine and war. While at the St. Paul Pioneer Press her series “AIDS in the Heartland” ~ an intimate look at the life and death of a gay farm couple ~ won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. She was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer in international reporting for coverage of the Ethiopian famine and won the national AP Sports Editors deadline award with a story from the 1988 Summer Olympics. In 2008 she was named to the Feature Writers Hall of Fame.

Jacqui has directed and edited several national award-winning projects, including a groundbreaking series on the global economy, an investigative series on the failure of public defense and policy-changing stories about social services, health and education. A project she directed on HIV/AIDS in Africa won six national and international awards; it became the centerpiece of a traveling exhibit about HIV prevention and was cited by President George W. Bush when he signed a major aid package to fight the disease. Numerous student stories she directed have won Hearst Awards, considered the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism. Interviewed regularly for her storytelling expertise, listen to Jacqui on NPR http://www.wuwm.com/programs/lake_effect/le_sgmt.php?segmentid=6697).

Among her non-newspaper clients: Microsoft Inc; National Public Radio; Thomson-Reuters Inc. financial journalists; communications staff at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Georgia, North Dakota State University and Hong Kong Baptist University; the national association of university of alumni magazine editors; the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE), which represents more than 400 professional communicators, educators and information technologists around the world; the national Community College Leadership Forum.

Jacqui was raised in a Wisconsin farm village and earned her journalism degree in 1974 from Marquette University.  She has extensive international experience as a reporter, editor and teacher, working with stories and storytellers from Canada to Chile to China, from Antarctica to emerging democracies in Eastern Europe, from Minnesota’s Iron Range to wartime Iraq. As far as she has roamed, she continues to believe in the beauty of Lake Superior, the enduring metaphor of the Green Bay Packers and the power of true stories to connect across time, culture and conflict.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

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Excursion Learning Facilitator

Brian Moates is committed to his calling and life’s purpose of fostering talent, brings to Innolect clients a diverse, high-impact career and unique experiences. His distinctive capabilities in designing rich experiential initiatives began with his training as a member of the nationally top-10 ranked Purdue University cheerleading team and a 25 year career as a professional race car driver. He is highly committed to building capability and rich learning opportunities for leaders and their work groups.

Focused on working with entrepreneurs, Brian built two businesses and served as a consultant for the world’s leading automotive brands, including Mercedes, Volvo and Lexus. He leverages his experience to build integrated, high-performing teams comprised of diverse skill sets and personalities.

With expertise in selecting, developing and retaining talent, Brian spent three years recruiting for Fortune 100 companies in the areas of finance and operations — giving him in-depth insight into talent management and acquisition practices. Prior to that, Brian designed and built a nation-wide talent search, selection and development company. Results included a national racing championship and opportunities for young drivers to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series.

Brian now applies his passion for leading and facilitating high-impact teams by coaching leaders on how to create environments that foster innovation, team development and employee engagement.  Clients include Electrolux, Continental Tire and Novant Healthcare. He is committed to unlocking creativity, talent and performance beyond what individuals ever thought possible.

Brian lives in Charlotte, NC with the love of his life Jenny and three full-of-life children.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Purdue University and is seeking a Master’s of Organizational Development.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

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Operations Director

Angela is the hub of the Innolect team. She keeps everyone on track by managing client engagements and special projects. She also coordinates the knowledge management system and leads HR initiatives. To increase overall operational efficiency, Angela identifies best practices and process improvements. With over 20 years of varied work experience, she has extensive knowledge of large scale operating environments. Angela is particularly effective at designing seamless processes to maximize available resources and make critical decisions in a time sensitive environment. She enjoys tapping into her creativity when designing PowerPoint decks, conference displays and collateral materials. One of her proudest achievements was when she carried the Olympic torch in the torch relay before the Los Angeles games. Her husband, Chris, and sons Ryan and Braeden, keep her young at heart.

Angelas@Innolectinc.com

Women Build Angela

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Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Executive Coach

As a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and consultant, Jan helps people effectively navigate changes in their organizational and personal life. He believes that everything depends on our attitude and life condition and therefore can be changed. He specializes in professional development, coaching and mentoring.

Because of Jan’s firm belief that coaching is a significant aspect of one’s personal development process, he was elected as Vice President Chapter Czech of ICF (International Coach Federation) for the period of 2008-2010. Also, he holds the post of Vice President in an association Máme OtevÅ™eno (We are open), whose purpose is to integrate mentally handicapped people.

As Jan knows it is important to live a balanced life, he is committed to his loving family, plays ice hockey on the right wing and enjoys music as a drummer.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

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Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

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How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

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How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

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Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

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Executive Coach

As an organizational change specialist, Anna works with leaders, teams and organizations to better manage change and transformation complexity. She is adept at working through strategic organizational changes and implementation challenges such as resistance and conflicting points of view. Her multi-faceted approach assists individuals to grow their careers and leaders to overcome the effects of transitioning to roles with a wider spectrum and complexities. Anna has expertise in communication, negotiation and management development and is well equipped to enhance managerial, presentation/media, and team development skills. She delivers coaching solutions in 3 languages (English, French and Italian), and is a Master Certified Coach and Assessor at International Coach Federation.

agallotti@innolectinc.com

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Senior Consultant / Leadership Coach

Gerri Steadman, has over 20 years of experience in leadership development and coaching to propel performance beyond expectations, strengthen important business relationships, prepare for current role expansion or promotion, and make sound organizational transitions. Serving as a senior leader, Gerri brings expertise in human resource management, leadership development and organizational development.

With practical, in-depth understanding of the challenges leaders and managers face each day, Gerri is resourceful, direct and meets clients “where they are.” Focused on development and stages of adult development, she is passionate about finding ways to “grow people” and help senior leaders and managers develop the capability and effectiveness “to be their best.” She offers insights and assists leaders to attain skills to pivot quickly so they can navigate the complexity and rapid change demanded in current work environments.

As a career development expert, she understands that development is an on-going process. She helps leaders pro-actively and intentionally build new assets and explore areas for continued growth in both their current roles and transitioning into new ones. Gerri is described as having “a strong sense of self, a great sense of humor, a strong business and results focus, and excellent listening skills. She can get provocative when it is most needed and balance it with support, which is a tremendous gift.

Creative and innovative, Gerri applies her passion for horses and Equine-Assisted Learning (EAL) expertise, to grow leaders and teams. She has developed Excursion Learning(sm) programs such as “Executive Presence: Discover Your Horse Power,” “Collaboration & Trust” and “Change & Transitions” to achieve leadership and team breakthroughs and sustainable change back at the workplace.

Gerri holds a Master’s degree in employment relations and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She is credentialed as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (by SHRM) and to use various assessment tools and instruments. Committed to giving back, Gerri leads a volunteer, community-based career development program for individuals in need of job-seeking and career transitions.

“Gerri is a visionary leader with impeccable integrity, high energy and contagious enthusiasm! Her corporate background and current consulting/coaching position make her a perfect partner to any company.  Gerri increases a business bottom line by quickly and effectively assessing a person’s skill and has a natural talent to recognize how to coach a person in each area for improved and sustainable results.”

J.L. – HR Leader – Ingersoll Rand

 “Gerri is a consummate profession who delivers results.  She is an expert problem solver and has a cache of tools to bring into tough situations as needed.  She is able to work with the individual and their entire team to bring solutions to the dynamic ever-changing workplace in a strategic and effective manner.”

G.D., Marketing, Disney

“Gerri’s skills as an Executive Coach are exemplary.  Her strongest skill is her ability to be 100% present in a conversation and create a conversation for action. I always walked away from my time with Gerri thoughtful and more in touch with areas I needed to focus on for improvement. I wholeheartedly recommend Gerri; she is just outstanding as a person and as a professional.”

SM, Sales Executive, IBM

“Gerri has a strong sense of self, a great sense of humor, a strong business and result focus, and excellent listening skills.  She can get provocative when it is most needed and balance it with support, which is a tremendous gift.”

E.G., former Marketing VP, IBM

gerris@innolectinc.comgerris@innolectinc.com

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Senior Consultant

Kathleen’s strong facilitation skills and her highly flexible approach enable her to facilitate large groups or provide one-on-one coaching, as the client’s needs dictate. In addition to her specialty in multicultural and multilingual situations, she is also experienced in designing and delivering experiential-based, professionally targeted interventions, e.g., Leadership development, organizational development and increasing multi-cultural skills.

Kathleen is certified as a coach by the International Coaching Federation and she is certified in Team Management Systems©, Situational Leadership II©, Coaching & Modeling, Success Insights©, Self-Relations, The International Profiler©. She also has a Master level in NLP Neurolinguistic Programming.

Representative clients include 3M, AGF, Alcan, Axa, RIo-Tinto, Aerospatiale, BNP Paribas, Faurecia,  CDA (N°1 in ski resorts), Delphi, Essilor, France Télécom, Herman Miller, Lima grain, LVMH (Louis Vuitton) MBDA,  Pfizer, PSA (makers of Peugeot & Citroen automobiles),Thales, Thomson Multimedia, Tyco Electronics and Veolia. Kathleen also teaches at ESSEC (Leading French business school) in the Executive MBA program, MG and the Mastère en Stratégie des Affaires Internationales (MS SIAI), as well as, programs specifically designed for individual companies.

Kathleen, born and raised in America, has dual American and French nationality. She was trained at American and French universities in both Cross Cultural Studies & Communications and Social and Economic Administration. She trains, facilitate and coaches in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

“Kathleen coached me and the “team” we were bringing together for a major international project of strategic value.  Her approach helped me to realize both the ‘obvious’ and new factors.  This led us to a better strategy and implementation. Her facilitation was well received by the participants from the U.S., France and Germany.  Notably, we were able to handle the emotional side in a constructive way. In other words, Kathleen demonstrated her ability to diagnose a situation, and then to challenge as well as support us.”

Andrew Hackett, Chief Technology Officer at Thomson (Technicolor)

“Kathleen mentored our co-development group. Sessions were conducted over a six-month period and each of them made me learn something new about how to tackle my constraints, fears and approach towards management and leadership. It is important to state that areas for improvement were identified and articulated by her in a very subtle way, but at the same time very clear so as not be offensive but constructive.”

Indian Director in BNP Paribas, Bahrain

“Kathleen’s approach and coaching methodology were very effective. She was able to expand the perspective of our discussion helping me to see my organization with a ‘helicopter view.’ The specific sessions on  leadership styles and company climate, were also very useful and important for me.”

Country Manager, Fortune 100 Pharmaceuticals Company

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

Posted by on 7:42 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

How the Best Leaders Reduce Turnover and Increase Engagement

“Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.” Andy Stanley
At the prospect of finding more satisfying work and/or better pay, 3.4 million people quit their jobs in April 2018. In fact, according to Gallup, 51% of employees are actively looking for new jobs or watching for new job openings. You may be saying to yourself, “Our employees are not in that percentage…or are they?”

read more

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Posted by on 11:49 AM in Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

Ralph Nichols, considered the father of listening, once said, “Our educational system is upside down. We teach least the skill we use most–listening.” With intolerance and incivility on the rise, listening to understand, engage others, encourage ideation and distinguish accurate from misleading data is more important than ever.

read more

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Posted by on 1:28 PM in Conflict, Critical Decisions, Employee Engagement | 0 comments

Be a Courageous Leader: Look to Hire Beyond the Status Quo

Ensuring a positive future requires courageous leaders who make difficult decisions—especially concerning employees and staff. These leaders look beyond the impact of today to what is best for the organization long-term. In fact, one of the greatest challenges leaders face is waiting too long to make staff changes.

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

Posted by on 9:39 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

What makes one leader overcome defeat and rejection while another fails to move on? What motivates one leader to learn from disappointment and another to decide never to try again? Research reports suggest that there are distinct characteristics of those who overcome setbacks and those who do not.

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

Posted by on 1:01 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

With today’s complexity and conflicting realities, some leaders wish for a crystal ball, seek out futurists, or even read the French prophet Nostradamus’ predictions. Whether terrifying or optimistic, predictions are often stated with great confidence and authority.

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

Posted by on 9:54 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”  – Max de Pree

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Posted by on 10:53 AM in Innolect Posts, Onboarding, Retention Strategies | 0 comments

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

Companies hire employees for their skills, experience, track-record and potential. And executives want new employee potential to be realized quickly to compete in today’s highly complex uncertain marketplace. Unfortunately, successful leaders in one context may not perform well in another without support from their managers.

read more

Principal and Strategy Executive

Gary started his career as a Georgia Tech Ph.D. biochemist.  He spent 12 years as a research and strategy executive in the life science industry, eventually becoming internal advisor for corporate and business unit executive teams. This experience and his adoption of Stanford decision & risk analysis methodology was the foundation for a consultancy with the mission to teach organizations how to internalize strategic decision-making, optimization of resource allocation and realistic ways to navigate the culture change that happens when strategic decisions are made.

Operating philosophy: “I enjoy seeing our clients become the heroes for their firms, solving complex situations and enabling successful change.”

Background: Following 15 years as the founder and CEO of Decision Strategies, Inc., Gary now works with business clients who need an independent decision advisor or who want a coach for promising individuals to develop as internal consultants.  His approach to handling legal, political, product, technology, regulatory and marketing situations helps his clients address the real issues that can prevent progress. His methods put equal weight on facilitative leadership skills as well as on the quantitative tools for analyzing alternative strategies. He engages all the stakeholders to build clarity around competing perspectives and ideas, as well as confidence in addressing the risks, uncertainties and barriers to change. This creates a clear commitment to act, with the full alignment and focus of all the players in an organization.

Clients:  include global leaders in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotech, healthcare, airlines, logistics, oil & gas, chemicals, pipelines and utilities. Sample engagements include creation of innovative products and business models, optimized R&D portfolios, information technology investments, integration of acquisitions, effective governmental affairs strategies, resolution of labor-management issues, efficient environmental remediation practices and timely litigation-risk analysis.

Other Activities: Gary is serving as a member of the advisory board for the Georgia Tech School of Chemistry & Biochemistry in addition to some private company boards. He is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows, a leadership organization focused on the promotion of global business and trade.  He has been an invited speaker at the New York University Stern School for Business, in addition to the Society of Decision Professionals, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, and the Association of Strategy Professionals.

For fun: Gary kayaks on the Chattahoochee, keeping up with his two Chesapeakes who lead him upstream and back.  He keeps beehives to provide honey and endless observation of the amazing things bees do. Golf has become a weekly event with coaching by his son-in-law to get his score in the 80s on a regular basis. He is also vicariously absorbing a lot about cognition and learning theories as his wife Diane completes her doctorate in education.

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

Posted by on 12:46 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Collaboration, Encouragement and Barn-raising

The Cajun Navy, an informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft, mobilized once again in the last few weeks—this time to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Formed as a response to Katrina in 2005, the so-called Cajun Navy has saved thousands of stranded people and lives. Their emergent activity, now an integral component of hurricane disaster relief, has similar characteristics to what many Amish families experience with barn-raising when disaster strikes in their communities.

read more

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts, Listening & Communication | 0 comments

Avoid Deadly Organizational Storms and Employee Silence

Unlike natural disasters, many organizational rogue waves can often be avoided and/or minimized. Effective leaders communicate and prepare their “crews” for rough seas and unexpected weather patterns so that they know what to do. When crews hear “hold fast,” for example, they know to batten down the hatches and get to a secure position. Prepared for changes and obstacles, they are more likely to navigate the challenges without media attention and/or employees abandoning the ship.

read more