Transforming executives — AINx Talk

Transforming executives — AINx Talk

The Applied Improv Network — AIN — is a professional association of practitioners who apply elements of improvisational theater to their work. This video from the world AIN conference captures my talk on how applied improv practitioners are well positioned to be a trusted advisor to senior executives.

My tango double life — TED Talk

My tango double life — TED Talk

I attended a TEDGlobal conference themed “Radical Openness.” There, I had the opportunity to share my passion for Argentine tango in a short TED Talk. I was known as the “tango lady” for the remainder of the event and discovered that talking about personal passions is the fastest way to befriend strangers. Here, you can watch my TED Talk, read the transcript, and get the backstory.

Leadership Off-Site 101: Part III — Substance design

Leadership Off-Site 101: Part III — Substance design

This blog continues to explore the end-to-end process of crafting and leading an outstanding leadership offsite. Once you have understood the context and objectives, it is time to move on to design. The design has three important dimensions to consider: Substance, structure, and style. This post addresses the substance dimension and borrows from systems thinking to determine inputs, offsite modules, and outputs.

Leadership Off-Site 101: Part II — Early planning questions

Leadership Off-Site 101: Part II — Early planning questions

This blog post is a part of a larger Facilitation Collection which explores the various aspects of crafting and leading successful corporate events. It explores topics you should consider at the very beginning of the planning process: broader context, objectives, and basic parameters.

Leadership Off-Site 101: Part I — Benefits, objectives, design choices

Leadership Off-Site 101: Part I — Benefits, objectives, design choices

So, you have been asked to organize the next leadership offsite/onsite/workshop/meeting/retreat? Congratulations! You are climbing up the ladder — and convening a leadership even is a corporate right of passage. If you want to get the ground running, here are some basics.

Steal from the consultant playbook, please

Steal from the consultant playbook, please

I was struck by the muses while waiting at the San Francisco Airport to record this on-the-go video with a simple message: Management consultants are in great demand because they develop skills and adopt practices that you too can develop and adopt — pick and choose from their playbook. Here, you can watch the video and read the transcript.

AEDEA — The story behind the name

AEDEA — The story behind the name

In retrospect, AEDEA may not have been the best name for my consulting practice, but I still love it. Here is the story behind it. In short, it means “an executive muse” and symbolizes many aspects of my focus, approach, and values.