Coaching: What’s It Worth?

My mentor, Al Trembley, Principal - WSI Rainmakers, asked me in a deep dive, "What do you have that has deep meaning for you in your home?" Sans Antique Roadshow treasures, the first item that came to mind was a hand-decorated tile my father admired and purchased in Holland in the 1980s. I posted a photo of the tile on Facebook to which Shannonrae Mathes, a goat farmer and owner of Shannygans Farm, noted, "[There are] Stories being told on the detail", much [...]

Advocate of Mindfulness, Influencer: Women Leaders in Technology Series Ellen Petry Leanse

“The Intuitive Mind Is a Sacred Gift and the Rational Mind Is a Faithful Servant “ Albert Einstein Meet Ellen Petry Leanse, an early Apple and Google alum, Tech and Leadership Advisor, Author and Entrepreneur. Companies Ellen has advised include Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Intuit, and Samsung, as well as entrepreneurs worldwide. According to her website, Ellen coaches and writes on innovation, mindfulness, and product design. A member of the Macintosh launch team, Leanse was also Apple’s first User Evangelist and forged [...]

Little by Little the Bird Builds its Nest

Haitian Proverb My daughter leaves for Haiti to give of herself, stripped of her car this mother’s gypsy soul surfaces nesting in a cocoon of word embraces, filtered noise in an unsettled world Today my fifth child departs for six months two duffle bags packed to the brim fifty plus Facebook friends waving her bon voyage thirteen-dollar Uber ride to Hartsfield Atlanta forty three years since her aunt and I brought her home. Until I hear of her safe arrival in that troubled land where weather stages havoc my soul recites psalms clings [...]

eLearning Pioneer: Women Leaders in Technology Series

"The eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in The Little Prince. This quote continues to guide Lisa McNeal’s leadership decisions. I have admired Lisa McNeal since I first met her when I taught Business Communication, a hybrid course at Appalachian State University. I valued her responsiveness to myriad requests from faculty newly adapting to online delivery of their courses and how she put them/me at ease. When I saw her walk on campus with [...]

Courage

Actively teaching and promoting courage a writing prompt proffers yet reflection proclaims courage was not a formal topic in classrooms I attended but a lived experience by many models. not slinky runway models but my mother and aunts in full-length aprons working alongside in my immigrant Bubbe’s kitchen, where tzedakah boxes reminded us to be generous to others whose courage was tested at every meal in multi-family apartments, not high rises with elevators but walk-ups where families lived together, not across town made memories, where children shouted where elders encouraged “be nice”, [...]

Company Culture, Servant Leader: Women Leaders in Technology Series

“A company’s culture is the company. It determines every aspect from integrity to process to philanthropy. And to see if you will be successful at a company, you have to know its culture,” said LAN Systems CEO Mary Hester when she talked about corporate culture and how it has steered the growth at LAN Systems during the Corporate Culture Workshop sponsored by the Gwinnett Tech CIS Advisory Board. The workshop series gives students a chance to interface with business [...]

Women in Technology: Insight from a Bold Strategist, Influencer

Sue Bergamo is proof that believing in oneself is the pathway to success. I asked two women in technology what they would like to ask of another technology leader and gain further insights of their experiences when running an IT department. As manager at Cathara Consulting, Joanne Church wanted to know, “As a leader, where are you finding renewal during such hard times? – think of the process of constant sacrifice and the renewal that leaders go through.” In response to this question, [...]

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Women in Technology: Insight from a Bold Visionary

There's a word in the Quechua language of the Andes, "ayni." It's about sacred reciprocity - with the earth, with the animals, with all people", notes Marisa Goudy in her #365magicwords project. CONVERSATIONS This year I am holding conversations with women leaders in technology whose authority further informs me of current trends and challenges. Recently I spoke with Sonya Davidson, CEO and Founder, H2energy Now who emigrated from the United States to Israel in 2007. During our highly-engaged conversation, I was quick to see [...]

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Charting Your Course

In today’s uncertain business climate, services are being cut while transparency, the hallmark of organizations in recent years, dons a new veil. You aspire to transformation and alignment, yet do you have the time and ability to engage in conversations that open new opportunity? Are you concerned that you are experiencing a gap in your capacity? A survey analyzed in HBR’s "What Great Managers Do Daily" indicates, “Perhaps unsurprisingly, employees who got little to no one-on-one time with their manager were [...]

Peering Ahead

My ideal day a year from now is to celebrate with a business owner at an award luncheon. The business owner and his strategic team had been totally unaware how others perceived the 10-year startup and what immediate changes could take the business to the next level. This acclaim began with an exploratory executive coaching call on January 2, 2017 with a member of a virtual team. The more we spoke, the more was identified about the company's struggle with brand [...]