Sign Up Here for No-Drama Leadership, Meet the Author

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Ask Marlene, For Members | 0 comments

Sign Up Here for No-Drama Leadership, Meet the Author

Register Here for No-Drama Leadership, Meet the Author

read more

Why Communication is a Critical Skill Not a Soft Skill

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Communication Skills | 0 comments

Starting emails without a warm introduction brands you as one without manners. Writing an email that way too long or detailed brands you as one who will waste someone’s time. Letting voice mai back up brands you as unorganized or overwhelmed. Losing control of a meeting brands you as one who can’t lead. Interrupting while someone is talking brands you as insensitive. Letting your communication flow into endless stories instead of getting to the point brands you as scattered. Criticizing and blaming brands you as one who is irresponsible.

read more

Better to Complain than Ask

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Guest Blog, Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading | 0 comments

I often find myself throughout the day listening and observing the behaviors of personnel and today it dawned on me that many would rather complain than ask for what they want or what they need. It makes me ponder the question, Why? Is it that they don’t believe they can have or get what they want? Or, is it just better to complain and have an excuse to why something can’t be done?

read more

Reinterpreting Thoughts to Increase Leadership Effectiveness

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Managing and Leading | 0 comments

The skill of separating fact from feeling helps managers and supervisors become critical thinking. An equally important skill is to learn how to reinterpret your thoughts.

read more

Enlightened Leadership: The Power to Create

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Become a Creator, Enlightened Leader, Leadership Lessons | 0 comments

You don’t need a jubilee, a special event, a limited offer, an authority figure, or the allure of a beautiful building to transform your life or your business. As a leader you can choose to step into a new truth through your power to create.

read more

15 Things to Stop Saying in 2015

Posted by on Dec 27, 2014 in Change, Course Correction | 0 comments

If you want more power in your life change your language. Here are 15 phrases to throw away in 2015 in order to step into your power.

read more

We Are All Adults: The Ultimate Red Flag

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Change, Course Correction | 0 comments

“We’re all adults here!” That statement is always a big red flag that drama is right around the corner. You can’t rely on good behavior, good decision-making, or good ideas just because people are a certain age and are considered to be “adults.”

Adults hold grudges, make promises they don’t keep, manipulate, pout, and play games. Here are three skills you can model and teach to those of a certain age to make sure they do indeed act like adults

read more

Drowning in a Sea of Choice

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Enlightened Leader, Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading, Responsibility | 0 comments

It’s almost eerie to read what management consultant Peter Drucker predicted many years ago:

“In a few hundred years, when the history of our time is written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event those historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time—literally substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is unprepared for it.”

In my upcoming book, No-Drama Leadership, there are many ideas about dialing up or dialing down choice to increase focus or increase freedom.

read more

Transparency is Not a Choice

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Change, Disruptive behavior, Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading | 0 comments

Companies are realizing they must develop more enlightened leaders because of the fact that nothing is hidden anymore. As much as we talk about “choosing to be more transparent,” we need to understand that transparency is no longer a choice. Transparency is a given.

read more

Speeding Out of Control

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading, Responsibility | 0 comments

It only takes a little observation to see things spiraling out of control. Kids are being bullied on cyberspace. Shootings and violence occur over minor incidents. There is virtually no space between stimulus and response. People’s fuses are getting shorter and reactions are happening faster. This is why we need enlightened leaders. We need someone to show us how to take responsibility to gain the necessary skills so that we don’t spin out of control by driving beyond our level of experience.

read more