Operations Director

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

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Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

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Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Executive Coach

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

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

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Posted by on 1:10 PM in Articles and Whitepapers, In The News | Comments Off on Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Executive Coach

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Posted by on 1:10 PM in Articles and Whitepapers, In The News | Comments Off on Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Senior Consultant / Leadership Coach

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

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

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

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

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

Testimonials

J.L. – HR Leader – Ingersoll Rand

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

G.D., Marketing, Disney

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

SM, Sales Executive, IBM

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

E.G., former Marketing VP, IBM

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Posted by on 1:10 PM in Articles and Whitepapers, In The News | Comments Off on Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Senior Consultant

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

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

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

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

Testimonials

Andrew Hackett, Chief Technology Officer at Thomson (Technicolor)

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

Indian Director in BNP Paribas, Bahrain

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

Country Manager, Fortune 100 Pharmaceuticals Company

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Posted by on 1:10 PM in Articles and Whitepapers, In The News | Comments Off on Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Principal and Strategy Executive

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

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Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

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Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Executive Coach

Steve is a dynamic and committed ICF-certified leadership and executive coach who bridges the gap between potential and performance. He is particularly interested in the power of clarity, consistency and constancy in driving performance breakthroughs in organizations. With over 30 years of industry experience in IT and telecommunications, Steve’s skills in successfully managing change in times of turbulent market conditions derive from real-world experience. His clients have included corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, public sector leaders, educators, non-profit executives, attorneys, scientists and MBA students.

Steve has coached extensively in the Washington, D.C. area. Clients include senior leaders in numerous civilian and defense agencies of the U.S. government, the George Washington University World Executive MBA program, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the District of Columbia Bar and AARP.

In his spare time, Steve serves as an Adjunct Faculty member for Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate Program. He recently contributed a chapter to the forthcoming revised edition of On Becoming a Leadership Coach: A Holistic Approach to Cultivating Coaching Excellence (Palgrave Macmillan). In addition, Steve served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC chapter of the International Coach Federation (including a term as its President), and is a member of the team of coaches that provides pro-bono professional coaching to TED Fellows via the Harnisch Foundation’s SupporTED program.

Testimonials

Director, Verizon Business

“From our very first session I found Steve to be professional, engaging and knowledgeable. As a coach, Steve possesses a great combination of listening skills, experience, intuition and insight. Steve listens deeply, asks penetrating questions and motivates you to improve both your strengths and weaknesses.”

Candidate for US Congress, Florida District 2

Throughout our work together, I found Steve to be fully committed to my goals and aspirations, and to my personal success. He served as an extremely valuable resource for me, providing the absolute right blend of support and challenge, inspiring and motivating me, and helping me to find innovative approaches to the issues.”

Director, A.R.Z.U International

“What is it that I expect and am not willing to compromise in a trusted advisory relationship? Intelligence, authenticity, courage and a genuinely caring heart. Steve Heller is one of those rare, not only professionals, but human beings. Any organization working with Steve Heller can count on receiving impeccable professionalism, competence, and dedication. He is a true servant leader. He will bring a calm, steady, and grounded presence, intelligence, and kindness to any group of which he is a part.”

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

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Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Leadership Coach

Jane’s 30-year career includes leading system-wide organizational process redesign efforts, often in conjunction with software application redesign, initiatives in banking, insurance, data informatics, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, geographic data and non-profit organizations. Her strong business acumen, multi-systems viewpoint, ability to quickly assess the political and economic realities both within the organization as well as its competitive environment, provide her with a deep appreciation for how people, teams and organizations are impacted by change.

Jane’s approach is to help leaders to organize their thinking, and to become more objective while developing a greater capacity to manage change.  These attributes, along with her ability to forge robust partnerships across all levels of the organization provide the basis for her success.  Jane is particularly interested in the influence of the alignment of corporate values on organizational culture.

Jane is a member of OD on the Edge Carolinas Network, International Coaching Federation, American Society for Training and Development and the Project Management Institute.  She supports a Heifer International project in Honduras where the focus is to equip displaced peoples with the skills to build their own homes and schools in their newly established villages.  Locally, Jane works to raise global cultural awareness by leading a program for families to host international students over winter break.   Jane loves the outdoors, is a gardener, kayaker, equestrian, dog lover and avid reader.

Jane is an Executive Coach, consultant, facilitator, trainer and life-long learner.  She earned a Master of Science in Executive Coaching (MSEC) degree from Queens University, and a BA degree in history.  She is a certified Professional Project Manager (PMP), and has earned advanced certification in the governance of enterprise information technology (CGEIT).

“As my executive coach, I found Jane to be insightful, appropriately challenging and supportive. Jane has my “gold star” approval rating — just the best!”

Director of Human Resources, Higher Education

“Jane is able to adapt to various environments whether social, professional or culturally diverse with ease and self-awareness.  She obviously is a self-starter whether working with an individual client, a small group, or a team of professionals.”

RN, MSN:  Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Research

“Jane is a quick learner of new processes and systems and has a solid appreciation of organizational culture and its importance and impact to obtaining results.”

Vice President at Lash Group

 “Jane thrives in an environment that encourages constructive critical input and that is willing to make appropriate and necessary changes as business and customer priorities evolve.  As a peer, I enjoyed working with Jane in the role created for her to lead business process improvement initiatives.   During a period three-fold growth in revenue over a period of three years, her efforts directly contributed to corporate success across all levels of the organization. Jane is very professional, and her assertiveness and directness allows her to provide valuable and appropriate input, and has an extremely high level of personal and professional integrity.”

Vice President, Operations

janet@innolectinc.com

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Coaching & Assessment Practice Leader

Barbara facilitates strategic planning retreats, designs work conferences, facilitates organizational redesign processes and participates in corporate leadership development initiatives. She enjoys the challenge of helping leaders take on a new position, grooming individuals for a higher position, or addressing blind spots that limit effectiveness. Her insight enables others to expand their capacity to learn and self-correct.

Barbara is also an accomplished author. She has written eleven books and one e-book, including CALM Down: How To Manage Stress at Work, which was a featured selection in the Macmillan Executive Book of the Month Club, and Finding Your Purpose, which has been translated into seven languages.

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Senior Consultant / Executive Coach

m_flemingMichael brings a unique combination of experience in operations, marketing, organization development and human resources. He has held senior management positions in healthcare, utilities, and education. He is a seasoned executive coach and consultant who brings a keen understanding of what it takes to develop strategy and achieve objectives.

Michael lived in Brazil for six years where he was COO of a midsize company, ran his own business and taught at the Federal University. He speaks fluent Portuguese and can communicate in Spanish. He has family that lives in Brazil and has visited many times over the last 25 years. He has a particular interest in and affinity for cultural issues affecting leadership, team effectiveness and talent management.

Most recently, Michael served as Chief Human Resources Officer for a multi-billion dollar enterprise. In that role he had over 400 reports from five departments. Michael’s consulting style is very down-to-earth, relationship oriented and results oriented. He has acquired an intimate understanding of the deep challenges that leaders face translating organizational strategies to practical performance in the workplace. Michael offers insights into language and the cultural dynamics that affect communication, change management and alignment of high level business initiatives with the realities of retention and talent management.

Testimonials

Senior VP — Utility Industry

“Dr. Fleming is a down- to- earth advisor and coach. He has lived through most issues that leaders face. He’s very hands on practical – good listener, straight talker.”

Senior Director — Pharmaceuticals Industry

“Having lived in Latin America and speaking the language, Michael has been a huge help balancing US and Latin approaches to business – especially corporate politics, culture, and communication. That was a big advantage in working with him.”

VP — Pharmaceuticals Industry

“Michael takes the ‘work relationship’ very seriously, but is also a good friend. My wife and I had dinner with him several times and had good talks. He followed up with me past the term of the coaching engagement. He checks in with ideas and to see how I am doing months, even years after, our formal connection is over. I like that.”

CEO — Health Care Industry

“As a coach, Mr. Fleming uses two approaches that worked well with me: he is very much into real time work – ‘get it done’ strategies, but also keeps us talking about my career goals. He helped me think through what is working for me personally, and what is not. I think a lot about where I am heading in the future and how I can get there. I know that my boss, peer, and subordinate relationships impact my success. He gets that. A smart guy.”

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Legacy Leader

November 22, 1941 — June 18, 2016

Larry L. Barker, Ph.D., a mentor, advisor to, consultant with and friend of Innolect, left his indelible influence on the foundations, mission and values of Innolect. A lifelong student, Larry was committed to a spiritual practice that combined Eastern Philosophy with Christianity. He was particularly influenced by The Fourth Way, an approach to self-development described by George Gurdjieff and explored more fully by P.D. Ouspensky and Maurice Nicoll. He lived by the premise:

“A man who wants to awaken must look for other people who also want to awake, and work together with them. The work of self-study can proceed only in properly organized groups. One man alone cannot see himself. But when a certain number of people unite together for this purpose they will even involuntarily help one another.”– G. I. Gurdjieff

Born in Ohio, Larry was an internationally published author, consultant, musician and educator and true renaissance man. He received his Ph.D. in organizational communication from Ohio University at the age of 23 and became the youngest person awarded the distinction of full professor in the field of Communication at 28. Larry achieved distinction through numerous publications, including over 40 books and 100 research articles on such topics as group facilitation, listening, nonverbal communication, creativity and coaching. He co-authored a number of Innolect’s products including Listen Up!, Winning by Thinking Around, the Listener Preference Profile, Watson-Barker Listening Test, and Advocacy-Inquiry Skills Indicator.

A sought after consultant and executive coach, Larry served as President of SPECTRA Incorporated from 1979 to 2000 and as a senior consultant with Innolect Inc., from 2000 to 2016. As a consultant, Larry facilitated hundreds of sessions for teams ranging from line employees to top executives spanning healthcare, banking, oil and gas, utilities, pharmaceutical and government agencies such as U.S. Army and U.S. Air force. His clients appreciated his ability to combine a sharp, focused facilitation style with a personal touch. He used uncanny creativity and innovation to help clients think “out of the box.”

Larry’s many honors and accomplishments included both research and teaching awards, interviews on ABC’s 20/20, the Golden Quill Award and a Grammy nominated Billboard Top 10 song. He aslo wrote songs with Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers, Lionel Ritchie of the Commodores and “Big Bill” Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters. Larry is also listed as one of the Top 20 blackjack players in the world.

We miss him and are thankful that his legacy lives on through others…

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

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Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

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Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Sustainable Legacies Practice Leader, Excursion Learning Practice Leader

To promote lasting legacies, Becky spearheads Innolect’s efforts to partner clients with non-profit organizations that will maximize leaders’ development opportunities. She also leads Innolect’s efforts to create powerful and relevant excursion learning team offsite events.

Given Becky’s positive outlook, it’s only natural that she would rely on appreciative inquiry to build on clients’ past successes. She uses powerful questions to help leaders gain insights about how to successfully balance task-oriented challenges with complex human needs.  While she focuses on leveraging strengths, she also helps clients manage potential derailers. Thanks to her extensive knowledge of creativity and innovation, she is a problem solving partner who surfaces the root cause of thorny issues and then uses objectivity and intuition to identify lasting solutions.

In addition to her extensive facilitation and training experience, Becky coaches others in how to improve their work climate for maximum inclusion, productivity and profitability.  Her supportive, questioning approach has resulted in positive career changes and enhanced individual, team, and business results. Clients include Moen, USF&G, Pfizer, Entergy, Best Software, FedEx, Freightliner, DHS, Whirlpool, Bank of America, TJX, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Federal Reserve Board and Pepsi.

Co-author of Leadership Coaching — The Fast Track to Effectiveness and a pocket book on creativity, Winning by Thinking Around, Becky sees every day as a fresh canvas of possibility, whether it’s new opportunities for her clients or her own watercolor paintings. She gives back to her community in a number of ways including pro bono work with non-profit organizations and building homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Testimonials

Amy Jo Young, Global OD/OE Leader, Moen Inc.

"I’ve hired Becky Ripley on several projects. Her depth of expertise in a variety of areas, including leadership development, organizational effectiveness, cultural change, and team development, is unmatched. She asks insightful questions to efficiently and accurately identify the root causes of specific challenges. Her design skills, which are grounded in solid theory, result in pragmatic, systemic solutions to complex business challenges. The icing on the cake is that she is absolutely delightful! I look forward to the next time I need a highly skilled, insightful consultant so I can hire Becky for the work."

Manager, Federal Reserve Board

“My company hired Ms. Ripley to help me transition from a ‘bleeding-edge, fast-paced and project oriented’ environment to a ‘collaborative and supportive’ environment. I had to learn the new environment quickly, adopt a new style and continue quality delivery while improving my organization’s technology. She used her analytical and observational power to study the situation and then created a coaching process tailor-made to my style. She listened to me, collected feedback from my environment, and helped me gain an appreciation for the collaborative culture. Ms. Ripley did not suggest that I sacrifice my current quality or modify the existing traits that had worked for me so far, but rather helped me learn new skills and behaviors that are helping me succeed in the new environment.”

Kathy Lamkin, HR Director, Stewart Enterprises, Inc.

“Becky is a long-time trusted consultant spanning two employers (Radiofone and Stewart Enterprises).  With Radiofone, we were faced with establishing a human resources function.  Given that I had very little HR experience at the time, we retained Becky who very quickly and thoroughly assessed the Company’s HR needs and produced a proposal which reflected exactly the areas that needed to be addressed — spot on! She then delivered solutions which not only met our needs, but surpassed them.  With Stewart Enterprises, we engaged Becky for several strategic and talent management initiatives from team-building to instructional design and delivery.  She is a proven innovator and a pleasure to work with.”

Becki Gentry, HR Manager, DHS Systems

"Becky Ripley has helped our management team develop and successfully deal with growth and change over the last 10 years. We grew from a small “Mom & Pop” operation to over 500 employees. She has conducted group leadership training, conflict resolution training, and has provided individual coaching to help us work through some thorny issues. Becky is well respected for her ability to put people at ease by listening well and understanding the employee’s point of view. She maintains a professional, objective approach to all, interjecting much needed humor where appropriate."

Manager, Health Care Industry

“Becky was fantastic! She’s knowledgeable, confident, and presented information clearly, while making the content fun. I’m leaving with new ideas and a fresh perspective.”

Senior Training Specialist, Retail Industry

“Becky is a dynamic, energetic facilitator whose talents we exclusively use to teach our Human Resources Generalist class. Participants consistently rave about her professional presence, approachability and facilitation style that truly adds to the learning process. We have partnered with her for the past 5 years to and will continue this alliance as long as she will have us.”

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Senior Consultant

Mike enjoys helping his clients shift their perspectives and discover new possibilities, new solutions, and new ways to approach their business. He is particularly adept at building high-performing teams that thrive in the most challenging business environments. His executive coaching skills help individuals shift their perspectives and draw upon their greatest strengths to improve their performance, seek advancement and make a difference in the workplace.

He has worked in both technical and leadership roles and understands the complexity of working with highly skilled, technically oriented leaders and teams.  Mike has supported leaders and teams in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, educational institutions, community and non-profit organizations.  Past clients include BASF International, General Motors Corporation and Shell International.

Mike holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Louisiana State University and a Masters in Engineering from Tulane University.  As a Professor of Practice in the Management area at Tulane University, he received the “Honor Teacher” award at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Freeman School of Business.  Mike is a native of Australia and an avid outdoorsman.

mikew@innolectinc.com

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Michael is a coach, leadership and organization development specialist, and designer and facilitator of critical dialogues. He loves the challenge of supporting individuals and groups while they do the courageous work of telling their real stories, listening intentionally to those stories, and coming to know the voices of their inner wisdom. He is particularly interested in working with individuals and groups who are in transition and wish to make that transition mindfully. In addition, supporting people as they discover, clarify and realize their vocations is a great passion of Michael’s. He has been doing this work for over 30 years with a wide range of organizations and individuals. Michael taught for many years in the Georgetown University Training Specialist Program and is principle author of Designing Powerful Training and the article, “Creating Sacred Space,” included in The Trainer’s Portable Mentor.

michaelm@innolectinc.com

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Posted by on 1:10 PM in Articles and Whitepapers, In The News | Comments Off on Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Strategic Change Practice Leader

Peter’s 30-plus-year career as a consultant has included stints as the Executive Director of the Organization Development Network; as an internal OD consultant-leader for USF&G Insurance and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland; and as an external consultant, managing his own consulting and coaching practices, so he understands the dynamics of executive leadership and business ownership at a very personal level. Executive and team coaching have always been a key part of his service portfolio, and throughout his career he has successfully enabled both individual leaders and executive leadership teams, who face a range of business challenges in widely diverse situations, to develop and fine-tune the personal mindsets, influence skills, and strategic relationships required for successful leadership–and collaboration–at the top.

Using his practical experience, in addition to his background in systems and strategic thinking; personal and group influence dynamics; ‘spoken image’ and platform skills; and emotional intelligence, he is able to design and offer customized strategies for learning and change that focus on the needs of the “whole leader.” With these diverse resources he is especially effective at enabling a leader to forge an authentic, powerful, effective executive presence.

Over the years Peter has served a wide variety of customers, in corporate, government, and not-for-profit settings; from two-person partnerships to Fortune 50 companies; and in manufacturing, health care, education, retail, hospitality, legal, financial services, entertainment, and professional services sectors. A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University Master’s Degree Program in Applied Behavioral Science/Organization Development, he also has an M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a certificate in family therapy from the Center for Study of Human Systems. His teaching experience includes faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Peter is also a professional member of the NTL Institute.

Testimonials

Senior vice president, Fortune 100 pharmaceuticals business

"I cannot tell you how much it meant to me that you took the time to speak with me about the impact of personal development. I cannot thank you enough. You truly inspired me. . . . You, more than any other person I have interacted with or any book I have read, gave me that “aha” moment of why self-awareness is so important for success."

Division vice president, Fortune 100 electronics manufacturing business

"I am delighted to be reminded of the power of employee engagement . . . This has been a tremendous team activity led by your passion that has spread like a virus across a network. So thank you for being a contagion (I bet no one has ever said that to you!) and amplifying the spread. My greatest hope is that we can continue to maintain this energy together and spread it to other networks."

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Posted by on 1:10 PM in Articles and Whitepapers, In The News | Comments Off on Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Anna’s Masters work in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and consulting experience over 20 years in a variety of settings, give her a strong business acumen with a deep understanding of how people approach change. She’s a results-oriented, strategic thinker with a compassionate coaching approach that creates strong partnerships with clients. Anna embodies the skills of managing across differences and is effective at working with leaders at all levels of the organization. She has had much success in making Diversity and Inclusion practices fundamental to effective leadership and achieving business results. She believes in the power of the creative spirit within each of us and develops her own in daily practices like painting/photography, writing and cooking.

ASison@Innolectinc.com

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Posted by on 1:10 PM in Articles and Whitepapers, In The News | Comments Off on Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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FF Consulting

Faith guides clients through organizational change. When companies must face transforming their capacities or capabilities, she helps identify and implement the required organizational modifications by closely examining the business structure and processes, employee skills and competencies, as well as the organization’s culture, leadership and adaptability.

Faith helped a multi-billon dollar business ensure its resources were properly aligned with newly prioritized markets. She enjoys a big challenge and working with a team to come up with creative solutions. Faith always keeps the wheels moving — both figuratively and literally. In her first job, she worked as a waitress on roller skates at a 50’s-style curbside restaurant.

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Senior Consultant / Executive Coach

Steven offers insights gained during 20+ years of senior management, human resources, organizational effectiveness consulting, and executive leadership coaching experience.   His innovative and creative style inspires optimism and allows clients to apply a new lens to current situations. His active listening skills, probing questions, as well as support and encouragement all help clients seize opportunities to try out new behaviors to meet their immediate and long-term goals. He motivates clients to see that tangible change is possible within individuals and across organizations. Through his consulting, coaching and experiential learning workshops, Steven demonstrates how the past can be a powerful springboard to achieve something new — now. He enjoys working with clients who are ready to create a culture that supports their goals.

Steven has served on the adjunct faculty at Boston University’s Graduate School of Management in the Department of Organizational Behavior. He has lectured at Boston College, Harvard University, Queen’s College of the City of New York, and Tufts University. As a Boston Globe travel correspondent, he covered the over-wintering sites of the monarch butterflies in the mountains of Mexico. This world traveler has hiked 250 miles in the Himalayas of Nepal as well as the Milford Trek in New Zealand–and conducted research on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings.

“Steven is remarkable in his ability to inspire optimism that change for the better really is possible.  He found the perfect balance of offering me support and challenge to help propel me forward in my career and help me lead my team to unexpected new places.”

Senior Executive, Fortune 100 Consumer Goods Company

“During our work together, I learned a great deal from Steven’s creative insights and practical pragmatism.  I found both qualities just what I needed in examining my own strengths and what was required to set and meet even higher standards for myself and my team.  Our work together was perspective shifting, uplifting, and extremely beneficial.”

Senior Leader, Management Consulting Firm

“Steven Holt is simply the most gifted and agile facilitator of process with whom I have had the pleasure of working.  He is intuitive, learned, personable and creative.  Indeed, it is his creative instincts and utterly brilliant skills in group dynamic leadership and complex problem solving that allow him to meet each person or group ‘where they are’ and then facilitate a process that allows them to reach their ‘desired outcome.’  He has helped me harness the creative insights and energy of staff, board members and the public — serving me and my entire organization very well, for which I am exceedingly grateful.”

General Manger, Public Radio Station

“Among Steven’s many gifts is his ability to be a clear communicator.  On many occasions I have experienced a deepening of my thoughts and feelings as a result of Steven’s exquisite listening skills.  He also expresses bold and strong opinions of his own, and somehow those do not preclude him from being able to hear, encourage, and value other’s ideas.  I have never seen anyone use models and frameworks so agilely and simply.  He is a strong leader, an excellent collaborator, and loves playing in the innovative/creative ‘sandbox.’   Ideas are important to him.  He’s someone who easily holds many moving parts to a process in his mind.  He is compassionate, open minded and smart.  He has the remarkable talent of keeping front of mind what the ultimate goal or objective is and yet, somehow, he stays fully present to the current moment of process.  In one of the models I use in my work, as it relates to coaching, I encourage executives to be Present, Caring, Inspiring, and Rigorous.  Steven exemplifies each of these qualities.”

Senior Consultant, World-wide Leadership Development Training Firm

stevenh@innolectinc.com

 

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Senior Consultant / Executive Coach

Carole’s key strength is an ability to offer clarity without sacrificing complexity. This approach helps organizations navigate a corporate landscape that is dynamic, diverse, and often demands quick action. As a communication specialist on organizational cultures, Carole assists individuals and teams in managing change, strategizing professional development and sustaining business success in complex and global environments. She has worked with groups representing diverse cultural backgrounds. Clients are able to master the art of cultural integration, whether they are acclimating to US business practices or learning a new corporate culture due to mergers or changes in a company’s strategic vision.

As a coach, Carole enjoys changing the cultural climate of businesses. She helps clients analyze how their norms and practices undermine success. Together, they develop strategies for changing the culture through continuous learning and innovation. She particularly enjoys turning problems into opportunities, exchanging ideas, and fostering growth.

Carole is the founder of an innovative online consulting group and holds a Professorship in Tulane University’s prestigious Department of Communication, where she also served as chair. Her widely published work has been translated into Chinese and she has taught abroad. She has served on numerous educational panels, including the Senate Committee on Educational Policy. She also worked tirelessly to rebuild New Orleans after Katrina and supports multiple animal rescue and environmental organizations. Carole’s natural ability to figure out perplexing tasks was evident early in life. While still a young child, she perfected the art of walking on stilts.

Testimonials

VP, Utility Company

“You have had as much a role in the transition of our office as I did. Your coaching work with members of my group had a great impact on the entire team.”

CEO, Stewart Enterprises

“Your experience and expertise in communication has been a big help to us. Thanks for your help and support.”

VP, Fortune 100 Pharmaceuticals Company

“I appreciate the coaching work we have done together and see that it has prepared me for many challenges, making me a better leader.”

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Posted by on 1:10 PM in Articles and Whitepapers, In The News | Comments Off on Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Financial Coordinator

Laura’s responsibilities include invoicing and processing Innolect’s payables and receivables using Quickbooks Software System. She prepares budgets and financial reports, as well as Engagement Memos for our consulting team. Her more than 25 years of bookkeeping experience have taught her the importance of detailed efficiency. Laura also coordinates our clients’ assessment registrations, and she and her husband, Mike, manage our product sales and shipping.

Laura enjoys working with the Innolect team because she is always learning and growing. She never knows what is around the corner. In her personal life, Laura is an active volunteer in her church and community. She is most proud of her daughters and granddaughter.

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Posted by on 1:10 PM in Articles and Whitepapers, In The News | Comments Off on Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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Special Projects

Andrea helps Innolect any time we have a special project or need creative input. She has recently moved to New York and is enjoying her new home on the lake.

Andrea truly enjoys working in an atmosphere where people are encouraged to contribute and grow professionally. Her proudest achievement is being a Navy wife and raising “the best son ever,” who has found his passion on the swim team.

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

read more

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

read more

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

read more

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

read more

Embracing Duality

Posted by on 3:11 PM in Diversity and Inclusion, Growing Leaders, Growing Teams, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

read more

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

Posted by on 11:18 AM in Growing Leaders, High Integrity Workplaces, Innolect Posts | 0 comments

Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

read more

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Posted by on 1:10 PM in Articles and Whitepapers, In The News | Comments Off on Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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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

VP, Customer Service, Entergy

"I called 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."  

Regional President, Zoetis

"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." 

Corporate Director, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare

“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.”

VP, Pfizer

“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!”

President/CEO, Handpicked

“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.”

Supplier Diversity Director, Southern Company

“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.”

VP, World Bank

"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."

Senior Director, Entergy

"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!!!"

VP, Bank of America

"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."

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

Are Executives Getting the Best Information to Make Decisions?

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

read more

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

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

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

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

read more

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

Leadership Rejection: How to Overcome the Agony of Defeat

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

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The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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The Butterfly Effect – Are Your Leaders Getting It Wrong?

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

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How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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How to Increase Color in Your Diversity Leadership Jar

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

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Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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Use IZE Method to Onboard New Leaders

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

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Embracing Duality

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Embracing Duality

In life, we often have to deal with and explore dualities of life and how to recognize two independent, universal principles such as light and dark, life and death, good and evil. As leaders, we also address dualities between vulnerability and strength or exclusion and inclusion.

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Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

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Four Symbols of a Servant Leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

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Effective Listening: Five Lessons from the Best (Journal of Christian Nursing)

Written by our President and Founder, Kittie W. Watson, Ph.D., was published in the July/September 2017 issue.

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