Gilded Age Guilt

Several blogs ago, I mentioned a visit to Newport, Rhode Island that provided an interesting perspective on leadership—past and present. Along the glistening shoreline of the Atlantic, a heritage of U.S. history remains preserved for future generations to enjoy. In addition to viewing mansions like The Breakers, Marble House, and Beechwood, I also gained two […]


The “Big 3” of Leadership Development

Some time ago, word got back to the LEADon team that someone had pulled an employee of one of our clients aside and warned her about the mentor to whom she had been assigned. “If you work with that consultant,” the anonymous person advised, “you’ll get fired!” The funny thing is, this employee wasn’t fired. […]


More Fun, More Often

Did you know there is growing evidence that having a playful work environment increases the creativity of your employees? Perhaps that’s why companies like Google, LinkedIn, and Whole Foods are embracing a new business philosophy that includes more fun in their corporate culture. For decades the image of “corporate” has trended toward suit and tie […]


Beliefs Change Your Brain, Part II

In the past, we’ve discussed how your beliefs can impact your brain—which in the case of constant stress will be damaging over time. There’s an upside to your belief system, though, and that includes rational thinking and making principled decisions. Let’s take a moment to find out exactly where our beliefs and choices are made. […]


How Beliefs Change Your Brain

We’ve talked before about how our core beliefs impact the interpretation of events and our actions, but did you know that your beliefs actually change your brain? Tim Jennings, President of the American Psychiatric Association’s Tennessee chapter, likens the relationship to a fire alarm, much like the ones in your office building. This ‘fire alarm’ […]

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The Power of Belief

Imagine walking along a white, sandy beach. It is mid-afternoon; a slight breeze blows while you gaze at the sparkling waves. As you stroll along, you notice two young boys playing at the edge of the water. As it recedes, the kids give chase, only to find another wave crashing down at their feet. One […]

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The House that Vanderbilt Built

Recently, I spent a glorious day in a quaint area of New England where the Industrial Age’s rich and famous built their summer “cottages.” I emphasize the word cottage because this is what wealthy families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries called their Newport, Rhode Island homes. These edifices were simply summer get-always, […]


From Managing Millennials to Millennials as Managers

The workplace shift that Baby Boomers and Gen Xers have heard about for years has finally arrived. According to a recent report from EY (a global firm that includes Ernst & Young, LLP), 87% of Millennial managers took on new management roles between 2008 and 2013. Considering that Millennials (those born between 1981 and 2000) […]



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