Resilience: Commerce challenged by nature’s wrath

Chip Cutter's article on LinkedIn discusses the challenges of Houston getting back to work "Merely getting to work is difficult after the storm damaged as many as a million cars in a city heavily reliant on them", Cutter reports. The distractions to productivity companies noted by Career Builder are compounded to the nth degree since Harvey. Where will empathetic and overstretched employers turn to sustain their businesses? What new business models will form after weather and workforce disruption? Resilience under-girds processes. It takes a village - a [...]

Diversity by Design

“They just don’t see.” “They just don’t get it.” My friend, a global coach, echoed these sentiments in our conversation when I shared examples of lack of gender or cultural diversity in a social media promotion. Our discussion centered on other blatant oversight in company, product and service portraits. The first pattern illustrated in an author’s promotional video of his next bestseller on the art of closing was the absence of a female sales leader though a good number of [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]