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What does AI mean for consulting psychology?

By Randy White I was excitedly writing to my consulting psychology listserv about a panel I had been on and the question that was posed by a senior executive chief technology officer concerning artificial intelligence and leadership.My question on the listserv was...

Whitewater rafting and the frothy uncertainty of leadership

Dr. Matt Mulford and Dr. Randall P. White recently sat down with their friends at TRIUM Global Executive MBA in a conversation about the future of leadership. This video is one short segment from the hour-long session. Here, Matt brought up Randy's first book on...

The adult in the room has left the building as Sandberg leans out

As a leadership advocate, I think Lean In – the book, the buzzword, and the movement – has some merit. Yet, at the same time, its critics – women who challenge its premise as not being equitable to all women – also have sound points. I’ll reserve judgment on the book...

Toxic workplace – what leaders can do about it

The term “toxic workplace” has been widely used lately and means different things to different people. What does a toxic work environment look like and more importantly, how does it feel? Overall, it’s an environment that doesn’t feel psychologically safe. When...

Letting go – the art of strategic compromise

Executive Development Group partner Dr. Sandy Shullman writes in Training Industry about the power and advantages of letting go in a debate or conflict.It's more about emotional intelligence than weakness and helps build trust, respect and – often – better solutions....

How to encourage feedback in cross-functional teams

Feedback is vital to development. Dr. Lily Kelly-Radford was interviewed by Deanna deBara for Lattice.com, the HR and talent management online publication. “Having a mentor in another department is one of the most valuable things that can happen in an organization....

If you’re considering working with a coach, prepare to change

Journalists have a saying: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” The same applies to the field of executive coaching. If you tell us, “I’m good with people,” we check it out.We go looking for confirmation because while your personal assessment may be...

Learning’s role in building a diverse workplace

Learning’s role in building a diverse workplace

Photo: Adobe Stock Learning plays a role in creating a diverse workplace through the leadership examples it presents. If we’re still relying on the case studies of the past – mostly white, mostly men –  how can we expect minority learners to see themselves as...

Go ahead and hit the wall. It’s normal.

Marathon runners “hit the wall” when they lose the ability to run as fast as they’d like or even come to a complete stop, when their bodies run out of fuel. In the beginning we were all about hikes, dog walks and baking bread. But now making dinner each night is a...

American leaders are rising to the occasion. Oh really?

Yes. You just have to look a little deeper than our top national leaders, according to Randy White, writing in Great Leadership, a blog by Dan McCarthy. We are seeing that leadership is a calling and it’s often more geeky than macho and certainly not...

Four strategies to get the best from younger workers

Rather than focusing on differences that are irrelevant to the company’s mission, focus on the energy and fresh talent that every new generation brings. Channel this toward ways to keep the organization competitive and vibrant while also doing a better job of retaining new talent with meaningful work. Here are 4 strategies for leaders to get the best from their younger workers.

LGBTQ rights preserved by Supreme Court ruling

As a firm whose mission is to help business facilitate meritocracy without regard for race, ethnicity, age, faith, sex or sexual orientation we, The Executive Development Group, heartily endorse this decision. "It is impossible to discriminate against a person for...

How has the pandemic changed coaching? Not that much.

Drs. Lily Kelly-Radford and Randall P. White were asked about how executive coaches could weather the pandemic and the move to virtual coaching. Their responses describe a practice that’s always been mostly remote. So there’s no reason to forego your development. And given the continuing upheaval, change and chaos it might be the best thing a leader can do.

If you’re a leader right now, here’s your handbook

Late last summer when my team began the work to bring Relax, It’s Only Uncertainty into the digital age, we could not know how much the world would change in just a few short months. I hope that you and your families are well, sheltering safely in your...

Overcoming our natural aversion to change

Writer Michael Toebe asked Randy about resistance to learning. Read the article "Answers Behind the Resistance to Learning" here. This is an especially timely subject, as we all face increasing uncertainty, that is evolving with every news cycle.Toebe does a nice...

Learning your way through a tempest

It’s better to continue to sail through a violent storm than to turn back. If you head back, you’ll lose any progress you made getting through the storm. Depending on the direction the storm is moving you’ll be racing to outrun it. The storm could easily catch you...

Remembering our friend, mentor, and colleague Bob Dorn

As an innovative and compassionate clinical psychologist, Dr. Robert C. Dorn was a pioneer in developing our current protocols for feedback in executive coaching. Bob was also a good friend and mentor of the Executive Development Group partners, in his role as a...

Architects of Change – topically edgy, ultimately inspiring

I’m recommending a new book, Architects of Change: Designing Strategies for a Turbulent Business Environment, by Dr. Jeremy Ghez. But first, some disclosure is in order. For decades now I’ve been studying the effects of ambiguity and uncertainty on leadership....

Post #MeToo, are men ready to adjust?

Earlier this year, LeanIn.org published a survey—Working Relationships in the #MeToo Era—and the results made big news with coverage in major media.The most notable finding from our perspective is that in light of the #MeToo movement, men now report being less...

Facilitating “Women Helping Women” seminar in Doha

Women employees from Qatar Petroleum (QP), Qatargas (QG), and ExxonMobil Qatar Limited (EMQL) took part in the event and made it a successful endeavor in inspiring other female professionals to join the women leadership consortium.

Exploring uncertainty. Pretty much all the time.

Read "Uncertainty. Learning's Final Frontier" Randy White's latest article on ambiguity and uncertainty as factors of the leadership equation appears in the April issue of CLO Magazine. Uncertainty is constant and as a co-author of the book Relax. It's Only...

Let’s explore the role of failure in success

Illustration: Dialogue Where does failure fit? Much of the Executive Development Group’s work focuses on the development of emotional intelligence and learning leadership. Emotional intelligence is key to the interpersonal workings of the organization. Without it, a...

A look back at The Lessons of Experience research project

From CCL—The Center for Creative Leadership celebrated the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Lessons of Experience: How Successful Executives Develop on the Job by Morgan W. McCall, Jr., Michael M. Lombardo and Ann M. Morrison, on October 29. Having sold more...

Who’s up for some experiential learning?

Uncertainty is part and parcel with experiential learning. Workplace experience is key to learning leadership as most in our field subscribe to something close to the 70-20-10 model of leadership development. The 70% is for experiential learning. Twenty percent is...

Uncertainty is good for learning. Are you good with uncertainty?

A Yale University study last month says we learn when uncertain. “We only learn when there is uncertainty, and that is a good thing,” said Daeyeol Lee, Yale’s Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and professor of psychology and psychiatry. “We really don’t...

Executive Development Group leads Masterclass in Doha

"Are Leaders Born or Made?" was the title of a Masterclass we just completed at the Commercial Bank Plaza in Doha. It's the latest special session tailored specifically for Commercial Bank in a partnership between HEC Paris in Qatar and the Qatari bank. HEC Paris, one...

Teaching in Singapore – what to expect and how to prepare

Teaching in Singapore can be a choice assignment for Western trainers and instructors. Lily Kelly-Radford shares her experience on what to expect and how to prepare in the April 2018 issue of Training Magazine. The cultural experience on the ground is rich and varied...

Deep engagement and how to get it

In this month's edition of Dialogue, colleagues Hervé Coyco, Roger Hallowell and Randall P. White present and discuss the concept of "deep engagement" and suggest two vital principles in the journey to achieve it: 1) People before rules Break the rules when the...

Authentic leadership ought to be hard work

Photo courtesy Takatuf. Authenticity is in demand. Your boss and your staff want the real, unvarnished you. Or do they? They might actually prefer a more polished, thoughtful and developed "you." Experience suggests that the hard work of personal development can...