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August 3, 2018

3 Key Factors for Harnessing Collective Brilliance in a Digital World

Organizations that truly excel in the digital world harness the power of collective brilliance. Sure, some companies clearly have great visionary leaders, but these individuals are […]
July 11, 2017

Isn’t it time you got serious about developing your leadership?

  In these dynamic and stressful times, leaders need every edge they can get to grow themselves, their leadership and their organizations. And while Amazon has […]
June 2, 2017

3 Simple Steps to Mindfulness and Finding a Purposeful Life

This article is part 2 of 2. If you have not already read part 1, you can do so here. As I pointed out in part […]
May 25, 2017

Stop Reacting and Become the Person You Want to Be

In today’s world, we are endlessly bombarded by email, app notifications, a 24-hour news cycle, and the pull of entertaining (and of debatable value) social news […]
May 9, 2017

A Tale of Two Ads: the cost of disconnection

Empathy. (Don’t roll your eyes.) People often call it a ‘soft skill’ – and the underlying implication is that ‘soft skills’ just aren’t as business critical […]
May 2, 2017

Author of Your Future or Victim to Your Fear?

How many times have you been in a place where you were willing to give up something you love due to a perception that it was […]
April 11, 2017

You Can Choose How Your Next Political Discussion Goes

I’ve never been one who has believed in the maxim, “Don’t talk about politics or religion.” I get it, of course, and I see (and practice) […]
April 2, 2017

Special Leaders, Bosses and Bastards Episode: The Pacific Women’s Sport Leadership Program, with Jane Livesey and Olivia Philpott

December of 2016 saw the arrival of the first ever Pacific Women’s Sports Leadership Program, held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The event was designed […]
March 7, 2017

Loving Leadership and Inclusion For Everyone, with Ann Shannon Episode #15

We’re hearing more and more about including love in the way we lead. This may seem like a new topic in relationship to work, but we […]
February 24, 2017

Be Seen, Be Heard

Shining a light … becoming visible in the modern workplace One of the consequences that I see of inequality is that people don’t often feel heard […]
February 2, 2017

Are You Killing or Encouraging Innovation In the Workplace? Interview with Peter Mulford

Innovation in the workplace is something we all want to see more of – IF we even know what we’re talking about! Today’s guest Peter Mulford, Chief Innovation […]
January 4, 2017

Organizational Problems: How to Find Them and Truly Fix Them, with Anne Murray Allen

Most of us have been in meetings where the topic of discussion is a particular problem that’s been going on in the organization for some time. […]
December 8, 2016

Transform Civil Discourse Using A 3 Letter Word, with Laura Huffman

  You may not use the word “civil discourse” in daily conversation much but you engage in it all the time. It’s the act of talking […]
November 21, 2016

Why Continuous Improvement is Dangerous

In this episode, Colin and Mickey discuss the dangers and limitations that come with striving for “continuous improvement” in an age that demands companies change and […]
October 19, 2016

Don’t Bastardize Your Apology

In today’s episode, Mickey is joined by senior Conversant consultant, Robin Anselmi, to discuss the importance apology plays within the realm of leadership, as well as […]
October 6, 2016

Good Leaders Kill The Annual Performance Review

In this episode, Mickey interviews a senior leader of Conversant, Jim Motroni, on his thoughts of why annual performance reviews might actually decrease performance. Leaders must […]
August 25, 2016

Good Leaders Must Focus on Personal Development

Don Van Winkle joins the show to discuss the primary traits that lend themselves to “good” leaders. First and foremost, Mickey and Don discuss the overarching […]
February 17, 2015

The Heart of Transformation

For anyone who has lived through, or led, large-scale change in today’s corporate environment, the notion that “people resist change” often stands as a taken-for-granted starting […]
March 17, 2014

Trust is Built, Not Granted

When people think about trust, they very quickly leap to thinking about someone’s character.

January 26, 2013

Stretching…

I like quotations, and I have a quotation site I especially like full of nuggets I often find timely and relevant.  Earlier this week, one showed […]
October 19, 2012

Leading Healthy Organizations

Leaders create the conditions for positive organizational health, and are a product of them.  Yes, you heard me right.  Leaders make organizations healthy or not, and […]
June 15, 2012

The Agile Ascent: Leading in the Age of Agility

Recently, I saw a prominent leader in descent. His iconic business, hugely profitable for years, was in rapid decline.  Voices of customers, employees and investors were […]
June 15, 2012

Smarter Together: Accelerating Speed-to-Results

Last year, I worked with a group of senior leaders facing a tough administrative cost cutting environment. Faced with the potential for service reduction, they asked Conversant to help them save in a way that would grow their contribution and be true to their mission.