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Ode to Joy
This spring more than many in years past, I am finding joy. Perhaps it is that the long, long, winter thankfully met its end after a particularly valiant fight. Or the sun-warmed breeze that gently tickles my skin as it passes. Or the heart-flutters I experience while watching my darling children...
Bio The Way
Bio the Way... I just updated my bio. It seemed like a nice way to close the parenthesis on 2013 and open new ones for 2014. Who knows what new and exciting things I'll have to add a year from now! How...
In a recent conversation, a good friend mentioned that she and her team had attended a workshop regarding Microaggression. She and I are both Human Resources managers, she is based in Tucson and I am here in Maine, but the term was not one with which I was familiar....
Executive coaching: In-house or external?
Executive coaching can make the difference between filling a leadership chair and being a leader. Between simply building a great resume and experiencing the true energy, meaning and inspiration of leadership in all areas of life. Executive coaching is transformative process that, if pursued with full engagement, has the...
Get Engaged
According to a recent Gallup poll, less than a third of Americans consider themselves actively engaged in their work. Applying that metric to an office of ten people, it means only three of them are engaged. Committed. Devoted. Faithful. Pledged. So, what about the other seven? Disengaged. Detached. Disconnected....
Leadership Leasons From Teens
What was I doing when I was 15? Complaining about homework and eating cold pizza? Probably. Hanging on the phone for hours, talking with friends about high school drama and flipping through fashion magazines? Likely. Those years were a blur of growth and activity and sometimes angst... so it's...
So You Have A Coach?
So you got a coach. Congratulations! Coaching can offer tremendous benefits in your work, relationships and development. It can open your eyes to improvement opportunities and help you pour more of your strengths into everything you do. At any level of business hierarchy, a coach tends to be that one...
The Communication Contract
The What? It seems that every team of which I've been a part throughout my history in the workforce has, when prompted by leadership for improvement suggestions, collectively responded with MORE communication or BETTER communication, or both. I have held...
Executive Image
Welcome to the third and final installment in the image series, which focuses on executive leaders. The theme of this article will not be dressing the part of the executive... you are where you are at least in some small part because you've long-since mastered that game. Rather, let's...
Professional Image
In this article, focused on Direct Managers, the second in a series of three articles about professional image, I wonder…When did the leadership image lose its gravitas? I'm not talking about fedoras and wingtips. Or neck ties, even. I'm talking basics... coordinated, pressed and tucked. Generally speaking... tended. If you were...
Time To Really POP!
Of course job performance is important - you wouldn't be where you are if your work lacked attention, quality and merit. Or if you did not plan, prepare and verify the facts and figures to create those impressive results. That you must take care in your work for the best...

The Leadership Maker

By Ralph Twombly

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  • Update to our Workshop Series

    Update to our Workshop Series

    Ralph, Craig, Mary and I are very excited to announce that we are changing our series from 5- to 8- day workshops to 10-day workshops within a year’s time and we plan to start in August of this year.

  • Increasing Meeting Participation

    Increasing Meeting Participation

    If you feel like your meetings are not productive enough because people won't or can participate, the people in your meetings are unprepared or after meeting conversation are bigger then the meeting itself, the problem might lie in your preparation.

  • Communications


    Let’s be clear here about communication methods for leaders. Face-to-face communication is best. Not just best, it is best by a mile. A phone conversation is next best, but it is no substitute for face-to-face connection.

  • Time for a Paradigm Shift

    Time for a Paradigm Shift

    Perhaps it is time for a paradigm shift, a shift in how people think and learn about what is out there for career opportunities.

  • Delegation


    The final test of leadership is to leave behind men and women with the conviction, commitment and competency to carry on in your absence.

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