Blog | Valerie MacLeod

23 May 2018

Malcolm Gladwell advises writers to use systems thinking

23 May 2018, Comments: 0

  “One of the mistakes that writers make is spending a lot of time thinking how to start their stories and not a lot […]


14 March 2018

10 Tips for Great Conversations

14 March 2018, Comments: 0

  Always in a hurry, but you want to communicate better? Celeste Headlee gives a great TED talk about how to have a better […]


28 February 2018

5 Keys to Effective Communication

28 February 2018, Comments: 0

  Do you ever wonder why your staff didn’t “get the message”? Communication is not easy. There are 5 keys to successful communication – […]


21 February 2018

Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist

21 February 2018, Comments: 0

  I should start a 12-step program for perfectionists. I have met many in my career. Perfectionists are afraid of taking action because they […]


10 January 2018

Tomatoes and Productivity

10 January 2018, Comments: 0

  I am easily distracted. Squirrel! I decided to try a simple productivity tool called “The Pomodoro Technique.” It is called this because the […]


29 December 2017

Gratitude

29 December 2017, Comments: 0

  According to the Harvard Medical School, “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel […]


8 November 2017

What’s the best mindset for leaders & entrepreneurs?

8 November 2017, Comments: 0

  I am being interviewed as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week on the Entrepreneur Mindset. As I thought about it, there is no difference between […]


11 October 2017

Team effectiveness: it’s not all fun and games

11 October 2017, Comments: 0

  When I first started working with teams I was often asked, “will we be doing trust falls?” I always answered in the negative […]


29 September 2017

Is your plan integration the staple in the corner?

29 September 2017, Comments: 0

  I taught a strategic planning workshop this week. We discussed, at length, the difficulties of getting the departments of the organization to plan […]


23 August 2017

7 Steps for a mission-driven organization

23 August 2017, Comments: 0

  Mission statements drive behavior. The Johnson & Johnson mission saved the company. Does your organization measure up? In the well-known Tylenol tampering incident […]


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