Becoming a Sage Episode 7

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann.  Episode 7 features Dr. Jann’s conversation with Barry Rellaford.   Barry Rellaford has a gift of engaging leaders and teams in an understandable, engaging, and actionable way. He has worked with leaders and teams from over one hundred countries. Barry’s clients include Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Verizon, Pfizer, The …

Why We Should Be Doing Deep Work

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This post is written for people interested in using their time more effectively.  Time is our most important resource.  Use your time wisely by engaging in deep work. Since my first career was in higher education, I enjoy reading research articles and books based on research.  As a former management professor and now leadership development and change management consultant, I …

What They Don’t Teach in Business School

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Business schools don’t prepared people to be laid off or downsized out nor do they teach leaders how to lay off people.  We often refer to people and interpersonal skills as the “soft skills.” But as one of my Sages for Leading With Wisdom:  Sage Advice for 100 Experts told me:  “The soft stuff is the hard stuff.”  And another Sage …

Relationships Are Important

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 “Leadership is not a position.  It is not a title.  Leadership is a relationship.” Last week I posted my monthly podcast on Becoming a Sage.  Since there were major Internet issues last week, I am linking to it in case you missed it.  The podcast was my interview with Dr. Dori Mintzer who is a licenced psychologist and retirement coach who …

How To Measure Culture Change

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Several of my recent blog posts have been about culture and several readers asked about measuring culture change.  This is my response to that inquiry. You have probably heard the old adage (paraphrased): “What measures matters.  And if you don’t measure it, then it must not matter.” Since culture influences how people feel, what they believe, and how they act, …

Becoming a Sage Episode 6

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Welcome to the Becoming a Sage podcast, hosted by Dr. Jann.  Episode 6 features Dr. Jann’s conversation with Dorian (aka Dori) Mintzer, M.S.W., Ph.D.   Dori Mintzer, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who provides Psychotherapy, Career/Life Transition Coaching, Couples Relationship Coaching, Executive Coaching and Speaking. She is a Licensed Third Age Coach and a 2Young2Retire Certified Facilitator. She facilitates workshops …

5 Tips on Creating a Healthy Corporate Culture

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Creating a healthy corporate culture is one of the most important roles for leaders.  Culture is the “invisible tapestry” that weaves people together and influences how people think, feel, and act.  In the absence of a strong and positive culture, people are not connected and the culture can become toxic.  Based on my experience and research, below are five tips …

Culture Starts at the Top

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  While a leadership development and change management consultant, I am a “culture person.”  I believe that nothing much else matters unless the organization has a healthy culture and the tone is set at the top.  So I am going to be writing several posts on how to create a culture where people want to work. Culture starts at the …

Living and Dying as a Sage

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Iowa lost one of our pillars recently with the death of Joy Corning, former Lt. Governor of Iowa.  Since Joy knew she had a terminal illness, she embraced her life and her mortality.  Joy recognized that dying was a part of living.  For example, Joy started giving away her special possessions to her three daughters and friends and sharing stories about the …

How To Lead Like A Sage (at a younger age)

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People who regularly read my blog know that I am passionate about sage-ing or positive aging.  After writing my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts,  I started to weave these concepts into leadership development since the most important person to lead is yourself.  One of my main conclusions in my book is that “it is hard to be …