It isn’t the change that does you in, it’s the transition!

January 29, 2012 - 23:09 -- Dr. Ada

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We hear a lot about change, its perils, and how often we fail at change. But change is not the real problem. The difficulty lies in the transition, that intricate, turbulent, and convoluted process that people go through to incorporate the change into their lives.

There is a difference between changes and transitions. Change is situational, while transitions are psychological. Change relates to events outside, transition has to do with the inner-reorientation, the new way of making meaning we have to tackle in order to navigate to the other side. Transitions are difficult because they often force us to re-examine our values, lifestyle, and learning. Continue reading »

4 essential communication tips for leaders

January 25, 2012 - 18:36 -- Dr. Ada

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Most problems in business today can be traced to the absence of good communication. If you don’t have good communication skills, you could be passed over for promotion. Savvy leaders know their next success could depend on mastering the ability to communicate and connect effectively. Here are 4 communication tips that can help you succeed. Continue reading »

Use your whole brain!

January 22, 2012 - 21:22 -- Dr. Ada

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Are you using half a brain or your whole brain? Douglas R. Conant, the recently retired President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company, recently wrote a great HBR blog post titled: The power of idealistic-realism: how great leaders inspire and transform Judging by his track record, and the 20 comments on the article, he really knows how to inspire toward transformation.

He posits that the job of leaders is to offer a vision that inspires and motivates. Yet, he argues that equally important is the need to be in touch with reality and acknowledge the reality of the challenge. His is a true example of rejecting “either or” thinking and embracing “both and" thinking. Evidently he learned to use both his left and right brain hemispheres. As a result, he has been and excellent leader. That’s the kind of leadership we need today more than ever. Continue reading »


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