Cindy is a freelance writer with a focus on business leadership. She uses her expert knowledge, skills and personal experience in leadership development and training to design content that helps leaders produce results. When taking a break from work and writing, she can be found hanging out with her husband, three kids, and two dogs in the rolling hills of Middle TN or binge-watching the latest great Sci-Fi show on Netflix such as Altered Carbon and Lost in Space!
Are You Struggling to Engage Employees? You're Not Alone. Here are 10 Ways to Engage Employees Now.
Engaged employees are more productive, results driven, and happier in the work place. A leader can create a culture of engagement with simple, yet effective ways. Here are 10 that can be implemented immediately.
Avoid Being the Boss People Leave: Pick Three Skills
A great leader learns every day. Each experience comes with a lesson. How to learn from these lessons helps you grow to make better decisions or avoid a future mistake.
The Society of Human Resource Management released The Skills Gap 2019 showing alarmingly high statistics in multiple skills that employees are missing in the workplace including “30% of candidates that do not have the right workplace (soft) skills.”
“People quit their boss, not the company” is a common quote shared in HR...
How to use Low-Context and High-Context Communication to Improve Your Leadership Effectiveness
How do you communicate with your employees, peers, bosses, and customers? What words, expressions, and nonverbal cues do you use? How do they communicate in return?
Low-Context and High Context communication are widely used to explain cultural differences when conducting international business.
I want to bring the concepts closer to home. As a leader within an organization, you’re just as likely to deal ...
What Three Expectations Work for Every Leader in Every Setting?
When I first started leading teams, I would provide a list of 10 to 12 expectations in an initial meeting while spending a good 20 to 30 minutes covering each. Boy, how boring that must have been!
As I’ve developed and matured in leadership roles, the list of expectations shrank to three. I once read a study that stated when people are looking to make decisions, the optimal number of options is three. At three, they feel capable of analyzing their choices, weighing the pros and cons...
Simple Six Steps to a Personal Wellness Plan for a Well Balanced Life
As part of continuing education credits, I studied wellness coaching back in 2010 and it was one of the best investments in my personal training experiences. I am able to apply the principles of positivity, curious questioning (open-ended questions that drive deeper thinking), and support/celebration of successes.
In the Webster Dictionary, Wellness is defined as “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal.”
Good health is more than just good nutrition ...
Vision Board Provides Direction and Focus
I like creating vision boards. This is my third in the last five years. The last two were in presentation form with music and neat segues in and out of each picture, motivational quote or affirmation that helped me envision what I wanted to achieve over the course of one to three years.
My current vision board which was made a little over a year ago has been a daily reminder of where I want to go and how I want to feel. With a few magazines and a desire to capture a feeling of professional...
5 Factors to Overcoming Change Resistance
A change process is guaranteed to have varying levels of resistance. To break up the routine, reduce fear, and challenge the status quo, a leader is most successful when focusing on transforming the employee’s change experience. Many organizations approach to change result in negative experiences and slow implementation. Business changes are faster than ever before. The five factors laid out here are meant to help increase the speed of change while providing a positive experience for the whole te...
Reflect and Evaluate Day to Day Tactics to Overall Strategy
The New Year is always a good time to reflect on the past before charging into the future. In business, anytime that you start feeling yourself getting stuck in the day to day crisis, week after week, then it’s time to step aside, reevaluate, and adjust for a successful overall strategy.
As a leader in any level of the organization, your ability to balance the needs of the business relies on taking a hard look at the strategies for long-term success. Evaluating and ensuring that the day to da...