Senior Consultant

Bonita Mackey, a Senior Consultant with Innolect, Inc., partners with leaders and organizations to deliver business results in the midst of constant organizational and market changes. She is especially skilled in supporting organizational initiatives to develop inclusive leaders who maximize the potential and performance of all employees.

Bonita is recognized for her ability to link people development to business results. Her intention while working with organizations is to build sustainable systemic change. Her success in delivering results derives from her own real-world experiences while holding leadership positions at both IBM and Verizon.

Bonita’s corporate experience as a Talent Development Director/Internal Coach/Organizational Consultant and Sales Director provides her a base of knowledge to understand an organization’s challenges and the experience needed to help develop the right solutions. Some of her key client engagements have focused on Leadership Development programs, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, Change Management strategies and Succession Planning.

She has demonstrated masterful platform/delivery skills, having facilitated and led successful leadership development classes throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Courses include Unconscious Bias, Developing Inclusive Leaders, Leading Change, Leading High Performing Teams, Impactful Presentations, Leadership Foundations, Critical Thinking and Women’s Leadership Development. She has received several qualified instructor/facilitator certifications, including Cook-Ross’s certified facilitator recognition for their Unconscious Bias Program.

Bonita is a member of the St. Louis Organizational Development Group where she serves on the board of directors as a membership ambassador. She has also been an adjunct professor at San Francisco’s Golden Gate University. Representative clients include The Gap, Nestle, Pfizer, Verizon, Dallas Children’s Hospital and the International Monetary Fund.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

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Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

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The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

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Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

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Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Executive Coach

Alexis Feringa provides executive coaching, strategic planning facilitation, and leadership development services to both public and private organizations. Her passion is to partner with clients to help them transform into happy, authentic, successful leaders. She accomplishes this by engaging in deliberate, intentional conversations with clients to identify and overcome obstacles that are interfering with their ability to perform at their potential. Her clients are leaders in Fortune 50 companies, law firms, consulting companies, and non-profit organizations.

Alexis provides consulting and team coaching services to successful small and medium-sized businesses facing challenges associated with growth. In this capacity, she has assisted leaders of growing businesses establish more formal organizational capabilities and processes that are critical to their continued growth and success. These capabilities include decision-making, conflict resolution, and effective meeting management. In addition, she works with the leadership team to establish and/or clarify roles and responsibilities, decision rights, accountability, and performance goals/expectations.

Prior to this, she spent more than 20 years at Booz Allen Hamilton, the last six as a Vice President. She had P&L responsibility for professional services businesses across Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Civil Agency clients. The consulting services Alexis and her staff provided included strategic planning, business planning, policy development, strategic communications, training and development, and program management. She was also involved in leadership development programs. Alexis contributed to the development of the Leadership Excellence program, including a module focused on women leaders.

Alexis holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. She is also a graduate of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certification Program and holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation.

 

 

 

 

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

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Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Executive Coach

Bikki Randhawa, an Executive Leadership Coach with Innolect Inc., works with leaders and emerging leaders to support and help unlock their leadership potential. Bikki views leadership coaching as a partnership between the leader and the coach with the engagement tailored to the unique growth areas of the individual. Bikki’s coaching supports the client’s goals for professional and personal growth and helps raise their self-awareness and insights by engaging clients in direct and purposeful conversations.

After a highly successful 30-year career in international development, including 20 years at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C., Bikki shifted her career to leadership coaching and development. Her passion for leadership coaching emerged from experiencing first-hand the positive impact that coaching can have on job effectiveness as well as career and personal growth. Having served as a manager and a member of executive management teams, she relates particularly well to new and seasoned leaders helping to address their specific leadership challenges and accelerate their success.  Bikki brings her unique strength of having lived in various countries to each coaching engagement as well as experience working with and in multicultural banking institutions. She appreciates the nuances of multicultural teams and complex working environments.

Certified by the International Coach Federation, Bikki graduated from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership Program on Leadership Coaching where she studied Adult Development and Vertical Development theory. Grounded in specific meaning-making tools and resources, she applies stage coaching through training and mentorship from Barbara Braham within her coaching engagements. She is certified in the Leadership Circle Profile – 360- degree leadership effectiveness assessment and has been a meditation practitioner for over ten years.

Bikki holds an MBA from George Washington University and a BA in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Executive Coach

Michelle Mock has thirty years of business and leadership experience partnering with clients to reach their strategic business goals. She serves as a leadership coach, organizational consultant, trainer and facilitator. As a leadership coach, Michelle collaborates with clients to identify their priorities, clarify choices, leverage strengths, build new competencies, and take actions resulting in improved business results and greater fulfillment in their lives and vocations. Clients include executive leaders, mid-level management, and emerging leaders.

Michelle’s coaching practice is grounded in adult development theory and the work of Suzanne Cook-Grueter. She helps leaders gain a deeper understanding of the values that drive them, increase self-awareness of their innate strengths and/or blind spots and reflect on their impact on others in the world around them. Her methods and collaborative approaches offer ways to expand a leader’s capacity and accelerate their potential for learning and change.

As an organizational consultant, highly skilled facilitator and trainer, Michelle partners with leaders and their teams to assess their culture, systems, and approaches, and to develop new skills and behaviors resulting in improved performance, trust, organizational effectiveness and agility. Her love for sociology and group dynamics and her experience as a mediator of federal workplace disputes equips her to be comfortable, steady, and collaborative in challenging environments. Services include strategic planning, organizational assessment, team coaching, conflict coaching, and managing organization-wide coaching programs. Her positive energy and focused approach create a productive and experiential learning atmosphere helping participants improve their individual and collective performance.

Whether coaching, training, consulting or facilitating, Michelle believes that clients are the experts of their domains and she works along side them to uncover their unique leadership style and accomplish outcomes by blending practical tools with deeper personal reflection.

Michelle’s expertise integrates both corporate and leadership experience that enable her to co-design approaches to meet both strategic business and people needs. She launched her career with Eastman Kodak Company where she served for 17 years in several management and sales positions successfully affecting business strategy, managing sales growth, developing employees, and providing leadership during complex corporate change. She then served for 5 years as an independent Mediator and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Investigator for federal clients. These experiences prepared Michelle for her recent 12 years serving as an executive coach, consultant and trainer.

Michelle is a graduate of the Georgetown University Executive Coaching Certification Program, a member of the International Coach Federation, and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Michelle’s degree is in Sociology with a Business Management minor from Old Dominion University. She is certified to administer The Leadership Circle 360 Profile, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the full suite of Hogan Personality products and the Right Conversation – A Team Effectiveness tool.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Executive Coach

Faith Schneider, is an Executive Leadership Coach and organizational change facilitator with Innolect Inc. She specializes in preparing leaders and teams at all levels, to succeed in high-performance, high-integrity workplaces. With over thirty years of experience serving corporations, agencies in the Federal Government as well private sector and nonprofits, Faith cares about equipping high-capacity leaders and their teams to navigate organizational and cultural change.

Faith’s unique background and depth of experience enables her to support clients spanning financial, defense, science and technology industries as well a wide array of government agencies. A veteran, Faith served in the U.S. Navy with two tours on aircraft carriers, as an Operations Department Head, and with the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In addition, she spent six years on Capitol Hill with the House Banking Committee and 13 years advising the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).  Since 2005, Faith has served as an external consultant partnering to help leaders and organizations transform and thrive in today’s complex world.

The foundation of Faith’s coaching and facilitation approach is grounded in the concepts, principles and practices of Adult and Vertical Development. Faith engages clients in powerful inquiry to stimulate deep reflection and challenge assumptions. She collaborates with clients in a discovery process that draws out their own wisdom and life experience. Clients gain self-awareness and perspective-taking as they set meaningful goals, identify priorities, integrate strengths and address personal leadership challenges. Clients build momentum to reach new levels of insight and development – both personally and professionally. Faith helps clients embrace their personal values and reframe perceptions through both individual and team coaching. She helps individuals engage in healthy conflict as a natural, healthy way of solving problems and doing business. Over the past few years, Faith and her clients have primarily focused on four critical opportunities for today’s current leaders: Change Leadership, Cultural Integration, Healthy Team Development and Adult/Vertical Development. She pursues advanced training in these areas and has her own Development Coach.

Faith holds an MPP in Public Policy and International Security, a B.A. in International Affairs, and Postgraduate Certificates in Organization Development and Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University (ICF Accredited). She has earned certifications and participated in training intensives in: Adult Development, Resilient Leadership,  5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, Change Style Inventory (CSI), DiSC, Hogan Personality Inventory, Decision Making Style Profile (DSP), Pearman Personality Integrator, EQi 2.0 (Emotional Intelligence including EQ 360), Team Conversational Norms Diagnostic (TCND), Myers Briggs (MBTI), Team Coaching, Leadership Presence and various 360 instruments.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

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Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Executive Coach

Cathy Carroll, an Executive Leadership Coach with Innolect Inc., works with leaders who want to advance their organization and individuals who want to accelerate their potential. Enthusiastic about development, Cathy appreciates coaching individuals who share her commitment to professional development and personal growth. Her coaching approach helps people get a broader view, giving them greater means to achieve the outcomes they want in their professional and personal lives, transition into new roles and responsibilities and expand their capacity to manage complexity and lead more effectively.

Cathy has worked with leaders in family businesses, professional services, entrepreneurial enterprises, and not-for-profits. She uses a variety of assessment tools in her work including The Leadership Circle Profile (TLCP) 360 and Hogan Assessments. She has been coaching in the Loyola Family Business Center’s Next Generation Leadership Institute since 2015, and she has spoken at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg, DePaul’s Family Business Council, the Family Firm Institute and the Purposeful Planning Institute.

Cathy has been studying adult development theory continuously since 2013. Although most familiar with the Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter model of adult development, she has also studied Dr. Robert Kegan’s Theory of Adult Development under Jennifer Garvey-Berger and is familiar with Ken Wilbur’s Integral theory.

Cathy spent her first 20-years in large corporations; first as an actuary at Hewitt Associates, and after her MBA, in executive finance, marketing and sales roles at Sabre Inc. and United Airlines. In 2009, she joined her family’s manufacturing business as President and Chief Operating Officer to lead a turn-around, before leaving to pursue her keen interest in leadership coaching.

Cathy earned her leadership coaching certificate at Georgetown University, an MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BA at Boston College. Cathy is also an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University in Chicago. A member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), she maintains a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential.

Cathy serves on the board of three businesses, Just Born, Inc., Alper Services and ET Products. An active member of the community, she serves as Board Treasurer of Georgetown’s ITL Network, is Past-President of the Family Firm Institute Midwest Chapter, served for two years as Board Secretary of the ICF-Chicago Chapter, and is a founding board member of A Leg To Stand On which helps children with limb disabilities in developing countries. Cathy is based in San Antonio, TX.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Executive Coach

Aimee Gibson is an Executive Leadership Coach with Innolect Inc. She is an organizational change management coach and strategist focused on leadership development and team facilitation and development.

Certified by the International Coach Federation, Aimee is also an experienced consultant, entrepreneur and former executive. With over 20 years of professional experience, she is passionate about supporting and accelerating leaders' learning and growth through self-awareness and self-management. Aimee’s clients achieve higher levels of leadership effectiveness and success by achieving a greater understanding of and appreciation for their unique gifts and talents, greater alignment of self and others’ perceptions of them, and greater alignment of personal and professional goals.

Aimee is committed to her own professional development and personal growth and is typically engaged by clients equally interested in reaching their highest potential. She supports clients in existing roles, new roles, within a team or when leading a team. Aimee’s work incorporates assessments such as The Leadership Circle Profile (TLCP) 360, the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP), and Everything DiSC Work of Leaders®.  Aimee continues to study and integrate Adult Development Theory into her practice. She also employs tools and techniques learned while studying at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.

Representing a wide range of industries, Aimee has a solid track record of advising and coaching in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Aimee has also worked internationally and for small and large geographically dispersed organizations.

Aimee is active in both her professional and personal communities. She serves as a Founding Member and Vice President of the Georgetown Institute for Transformation Learning Network and President of The Fort Hood Area Military Family Member Scholarship Fund in Ft. Hood TX. Aimee values these opportunities to give back while learning and developing herself and others.

 

 

 

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Government and Client Engagement Specialist

Susan spends the majority of her days behind the scenes at Innolect, researching government opportunities and events, coordinating travel for Kittie and our consultants, tracking Innolect communications, and getting products ready to ship. She’s also the one you contact if you want to be added to our monthly Post—which offers great insights and information to help Grow the Leader Within. When possible, she loves to join Kittie in representing Innolect at trade shows and special events. Family time is all about keeping up with her three daughters and husband William. Weekends are often spent running to soccer games, but when possible, the family loves to get away to the beach at Fripp Island or up to the mountains in Highlands, NC. The whole family has a love for BBQ that resulted in the family’s entrepreneurial venture, Willie’s Hog Dust. Their product line includes dry rubs, sauces, pork rinds, dip mix, gourmet Bloody mix and more. When autumn rolls around, on most Saturdays you can smell the ribs on the smoker and hear Susan cheering “Roll Tide!”

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Chris Wahl is an ICF-certified MCC, Executive Leadership Coach, and Organization Development Consultant who has coached executive leaders and their teams for over two decades. Certified as a developmental coach, Chris brings a developmental perspective to her work with leaders, helping them build capacity to succeed beyond challenges and dynamics and recognize opportunities to create a thriving professional life. Sought after for her wise counsel, appreciative approach, clarity and pragmatism, Chris works with leaders interested in generating more effective results. Chris is the founder and creator of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate program, where she teaches a course on coaching teams. She is adjunct faculty teaching adult development in Georgetown’s Transformational Leadership program and she coaches in Notre Dame’s Executive MBA program, using the Leadership Circle Profile 360 instrument.

Chris’s Coaching Experience includes working with leaders and teams across the U.S., Canada, and in Europe. Her clients are typically high-level/C-suite leaders who have large mandates to create change, do more with less, and foster a working culture where employees thrive and achieve results. She works in numerous industries, including finance, technology, manufacturing, fashion retail, beauty, local and federal government, associations, and educational institutions. Examples of her clients over the years include Invesco, SunTrust Bank, Capital One, Coach, Inc., L’Oreal, Association of Fundraising Professionals, KLoveAir, Mitre, Bon Secours Health System, Eaton, Arlington Co. Government, U.S. Federal Government, Government of Canada, and SEC.

Chris has an M.A.Ed. in Counseling from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in French and Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Post-graduate work includes studying two years with Dr. Otto Laske of the Interdevelopmental Institute as well as ten years with Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter, both in the study of adult development. Chris is a master-certified coach through ICF, she is certified as a developmental coach, and she is certified to score and debrief the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP). Chris works with the MBTI, the Hogan Suite, and the Leadership Circle Profile 360 and Culture Survey.

Chris has developed numerous programs on the topic of adult development for coaches and leaders alike. She has also created in-house ICF-accredited coach training specific to the financial industry. She co-authored Be Your Own Coach, with Barbara Braham. She has published articles in organization development in coaching magazines, has been interviewed on NPR and other radio programs, as well as for articles in the Washington Post and women’s magazines.

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Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

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Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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.

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Consultant / Executive Coach

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.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

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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Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

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.  

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Millennial Translator

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.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

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Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Senior Consultant / Executive Coach

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.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Senior Consultant / Executive Coach

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.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

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

 

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Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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.

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Consultant / Leadership Coach

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.

Testimonials

Leadership Team, Charlie Norwood VA, Augusta

“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!”

Kathryn Watkins, 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.”

Cassidy Harris, Columbia County

“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.”

Becky Dearden, 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.”

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Consultant / Executive Coach

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 Debra

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.

Testimonials

Richard Ray

“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.”

Sis Kilby

“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.”

Angelika Sass

“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.”

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

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.

 

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

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.

Testimonials

Entrepreneur

“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.”

VP, Fortune 50 Company

“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.”

Senior Leader, Non-Profit Organization

“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.”

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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.

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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.

hatty-hutsonAs 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.

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.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

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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Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

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, Kamie 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.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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

Senior Consultant/Executive Coach

Image Innolect Consultant Virginia Klamon, Ph.D.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.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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.

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Senior Consultant/Executive Coach

Photo-Randy Chittum, Ph.D., Innolect Senior Consulat and Executice CoachRandy 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.

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

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Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

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The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

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The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

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Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

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Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

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Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

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Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

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What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

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What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

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Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

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Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

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Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

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Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

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How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

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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.

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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

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.

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Partnering Resources, LLC

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).

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Posted by on 9:55 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams | 0 comments

Shape Your Team: Lessons from Centipede Races

Do you ever hear seasoned employees complain about inexperienced hires or new hires complain about employees who have been around too long? Sadly, it’s fairly common. Some describe what is was like “back in the day” and believe others need to pay their dues. Others talk about doing things the way they’ve always been done rather than experimenting with new ideas. With multi-generational employees working side-by-side to achieve common goals, inclusive leaders help team members learn from each other.

read more

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

Posted by on 12:44 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

The Disappearing Act: Where Did All the Leaders Go?

In your next meeting, look to your right and then look to your left. It is likely that one of those employees will be working for a different organization next year. With unemployment at 4.4% in May and with 51% of employees actively looking for or willing to consider taking a new job, organizations are at risk of losing their best and most capable employees. The Corporate Executive Board estimates that 12% of all high potentials are actively searching for new jobs and turnover is contagious.

read more

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

Posted by on 9:40 AM in Diversity and Inclusion, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Crawfish Incivility: Actions Leaders Need to Reward

When people from Louisiana hear the word Crawfish (crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads), most imagine crawfish boils and mouth-watering crawfish tail recipes. Locals catch crawfish using a string and bait, trap or even by hand. Once the crawfish are captured, they’re placed in a pail. First-timers are often surprised that these pails rarely include lids. They think that without a lid, the crawfish will crawl out. While they do try, once they reach the rim, other crawfish reach up, climb on and pull them back down. None of the crawfish escape.

read more

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

Posted by on 10:03 AM in Growing Leaders, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Decision Dangers of Target Fixation

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”  – Paul J. Meyer Experienced motorcyclists know to avoid one of the most common reasons motorcycles crash – “target fixation.” They look ahead and anticipate unexpected obstacles. Sadly, novices often focus on what is directly in front of them and often steer right into it. Motorcyclists who look past obstacles such as curves, cars in their path or unexpected animals in the road, are better able to navigate around those obstacles and avoid accidents.

read more

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Posted by on 12:43 PM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

What Can Aspen Teach Us About Collaboration?

Did you know that aspen trees in Trembling Giant grove in Utah are the oldest living organism in the world—over 80,000 years old? You might ask, “how is that possible?” Our answer is twofold: Collaboration and Support.

read more

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Posted by on 3:06 PM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

Leaders, Play Your Hand Well

Leaders who have been recently promoted often discover they’ve inherited team members who they may not have chosen on their own. In fact, many leadership changes and promotions are designed to “clean-up” what other leaders have left behind. A leader’s future success depends on his or her ability to play the hand they’ve been dealt.

read more

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

Posted by on 10:08 AM in Growing Leaders | 0 comments

Leaders, Are You STRESS Carriers?

“I don’t have stress, but I may be a carrier.” – Erma Bombeck
If you’ve been thinking there is more to do than there is time to do it, you’re not alone. In fact, the time between Thanksgiving and year’s end is one of the most stress-filled times of the year.

read more

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Posted by on 11:01 AM in Employee Engagement, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts, Workplace Culture | 0 comments

How Can Leaders Benefit from Being Kind?

Kind acts have distinct benefits for leaders. And with recent natural disasters, violence and tragedies across our nation and around the world, employees seek leaders who offer encouragement and kind acts to help renew the human spirit. Take a moment to choose an act of leadership kindness today. Make a donation, volunteer, send a note or do something unexpected.

read more