In Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, the Phantom who has hid himself, his disfigurement and his true talents in the depths of a Paris opera house, desires the love of the beautiful leading lady Christine. He uses tricks and fear to manipulate Christine and others in an attempt to obtain this. But instead, he is hunted down and captured. Only when his mask is removed and his true self is shown with all his flaws, does he get his true desire: a heart-felt kiss from the beautiful Christine. This story has many parallels to stories of leaders charged with creating change within theirRead More →

Dr. Fred talks about leading change after organizational crisis: Following an organizational crisis, company leaders often struggle with how to move past the emotional disorder and begin steering employees in the right direction again. “How a leader addresses the inevitable emotional consequences after a crisis is critical in limiting the damage to morale and shortening the adjustment period that team members will need to move forward or fully re-engage. Here are Dr. Fred’s top five C’s for leading after a crisis: 1. Compassion. People within the company will experience a range of emotions from anger to disillusionment. A leader who can genuinely express sympathy andRead More →

For the past several months I have had the joy of working with the Grand Valley State University Advanced Leadership Excellence (ALE) program.  Initiative One has partnered with GVSU to create and deliver the content of this groundbreaking program.  Although we are at a university campus, there are several aspects of ALE that make it far different from the usual college experience.  First, it is an experiential program, not a didactic one.  Next, we are focusing on emerging leaders.  Finally, the outcomes we are looking to change as a result of this program are bottom line business metrics.   Experiential Program Initiative One’s Leadership Excellence programRead More →