Don't Bump The Fishbowl

By S. Chris Edmonds / September 8, 2014 / 3 Comments

I was reminded recently of a Nutterism that really fit the struggles one of my culture clients is experiencing. A little background is necessary. Jerry Nutter was my best boss ever. I spent 5 of my 15 years in YMCA management under Jerry’s tutelage – and I still reap benefits today. Jerry had a way […]

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Speak Their Language

By S. Chris Edmonds / June 23, 2014 / 0 Comments

Have you ever found yourself in a foreign land, trying to communicate your needs in a different language? It’s a disquieting feeling, to say the least. I recall doing client work in Osaka, Japan, years ago. We were well cared for by our hosts and by expat Americans who spoke Japanese during our week’s stay. […]

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Bad Leader Habits

By S. Chris Edmonds / June 16, 2014 / 2 Comments

I learn a great deal when I’m coaching leaders and executives. Recent conversations have brought to mind three bad habits that leaders need to break. A habit can be defined as an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. We humans find comfort in routine – even if those routines and […]

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More Good Decisions

By S. Chris Edmonds / February 10, 2014 / 0 Comments

How effective are your day-to-day plans, decisions, and actions? One of my #GreatBosses told me a story that sheds light on good decision-making. A leader and follower were discussing an important project. The follower felt the pressure of performing well as the lead on this project. It was the first formal leadership role she’d been […]

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Serve Well Then Lead Well

By S. Chris Edmonds / November 4, 2013 / 7 Comments

Last week’s post/cast outlined the foundation of effective service and leadership – living well, being of positive physical well-being. If I have inspired you to take steps (literally and figuratively) to boost your physical health, let’s look at the second step: serve well. Serving others is the foundation of citizenship in our families, workplaces, and […]

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Corporate Soul is REAL

By S. Chris Edmonds / October 7, 2013 / 5 Comments

“Corporations have no soul.” I read this in a non-fiction book recently and I thought, “Oh, yes, they do!” Let’s define what “soul” means. In theology and philosophy, the soul is seen as one’s essence or spirit which exists beyond the physical self. I define corporate soul as the organization’s essence or spirit which exists […]

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