At my college commencement ceremony, the speaker reminded us of something – that failure is inevitable.  It happens to everyone.  Everyone has to face it at some point in their life.  But eventually, failure is going to become a part of your success.   Marti Wronski reminded me and the rest of my graduating class that baseball players are considered great if they can bat .300 for a season or more – that means that they fail seven out of every ten times they are at bat.  Failure is going to happen throughout life, and especially throughout careers.   Failure impacts everyone differently, andRead More →

At InitiativeOne, we pride ourselves on being the best at what we do.  Many companies provide Leadership Development, but the process here at InitiativeOne stands out from the rest.  Our Leadership Transformation process focuses on four key areas to develop your organization’s leadership thoroughly and completely.     Discover   “Leaders get into trouble when they don’t know what they don’t know in areas that matter.” Robert Bruce Shaw   Traditional Training: Most Leadership Development approaches begin with a short assessment and data interpretation from a small portion of the company.   The InitiativeOne Difference: The InitiativeOne Discovery process begins with interviews.  These allow focusedRead More →

University Leadership Curriculum

Developing relationships at work may seem like a skill leaders can put on the back burner, but developing relational skills can impact your employees’ productivity and your organization’s culture (and possibly even your boss’s opinion of you).   Relational skills are coming to the forefront of modern workplaces.  Patience, trustworthiness, empathy, and reliability are all key relational components to personally develop.  These abilities will impact your relationships both inside and outside of your organization.   “Relational skills are the most important abilities in leadership.” – John C. Maxwell, Developing the Leaders Around You   Think about it – if a leader cannot relate to anRead More →

I was in my mid twenties when I faced my first challenge as an agent of change. I was the architect of a bold new initiative. Perhaps you are imagining a merger of two global enterprises. Not quite. I was charged with a significant internal transition in the office. It was new furniture. The “powers that be” had decreed that old was out and new was in. It was time to transform the space. We were making a change from the old desks to new modular furniture. Most were excited. One was not. The new furniture was comfortable, functional, and attractive. Almost everyone agreed. Almost.Read More →