Leadership Topics


Online Learning Modules: a series of 20 to 40 minute talks designed to teach you key leadership concepts and skills.

Adaptive Leadership:
(31 slides, 26 minutes)

The Behavioral Event Interview:
(30 slides, 33 minutes)

Principles of Authentic Partnership:
(23 slides, 22 minutes)

Influence in Negotiation:
(21 slides, 20 minutes)

Communication in Crisis Situations:
(23 slides, 26 minutes)

Leadership Success and Derailment:
(47 slides, 37 minutes)

GroupThink and How to Create Thought Diversity in Organizations:
(23 slides, 26 minutes)

Why Emotional Intelligence is Crucial to Your Success:
(23 slides, 26 minutes)

How you can improve your emotional intelligence:
(43 slides, 28 minutes)

The Powerful Apology:
(23 slides, 27 minutes)

Peer Coaching:
(15 slides, 13 minutes)

11 Strategies to building a Great Team:
(30 slides, 31 minutes)

Perfect Persuasion: Concepts in S.P.I.N. Selling:
(24 slides, 23 minutes)

Managing Difficult Conversations, Part 1: The Dynamics of Difficult Conversations
(28 slides, 31 minutes)

Managing Difficult Conversations, Part 2: Tools and Strategies
(30 slides, 33 minutes)

Creating an Innovative Team:
(36 slides, 30 minutes)

Employee Engagement:
(28 slides, 26 minutes)

Cultural Competence: Why global teams fail
(34 slides, 34 minutes)

Cultural Competence: Understanding how diverse groups function
(33 slides, 36 minutes)

Critical Thinking for Business Leaders
(47 slides, 27 minutes)


Publications and White Papers: a collection of useful publications on leadership topics.

The Skype Interview:

For high level initial interviews, the Skype interview, or videoconference, is replacing the airport interview. In a videoconference interview, you need an additional set of knowledge and skills in order to come across as polished and professional. Fortunately, with a little preparation, its easy to do, even for the luddites among us.

The Communication Compass:

A useful framework on structuring your opening comments of a speech or talk that helps ensure that everyone listening is paying attention.

S-N Bridging

A tool based on Jungian Psychology designed to bring a listener's focus back on topic when they are tuning out because you are not saying the kinds of things they are receptive to hearing

Saving the Conversation

A set of tools you can use to ensure more complete group participation in meetings and conversations.

The Power of Positive Personal Regard

Not every manager has has the actual power to reward or punish employees in an efficient manner. In some fields, there are few carrots and few sticks. As for titles, so often they fail to convey what we do and fall far short of symbolizing any “power of the office.” So what is one to do with pockets empty of such tools? Often, an effective manager means working with different tools. None can be more effective than personal power.

Employee Engagement

It is every manager’s dream to lead a team of highly engaged workers. High engagement means higher productivity. It means higher morale. It means mission critical becomes mission accomplished. Just how engaged does the workforce of this new millennium look? And more important, what can a public health manager do to help employees become more engaged and more successful at work?

Creating Thought Diversity: The Antidote to Group Think

We hear a lot about the importance of diversity in the workplace these days. You may think that having a diverse workforce is just a way to “look like” the population you serve. You may promote diversity because you have to, or because it’s politically correct. But the most important reason to promote diversity is because a diverse group of people brings diverse ways of thinking about things. And you can build “thought diversity” no matter who you have at the table.

Emotional Intelligence in theWorkplace

Traditional public health training does a very good job at preparing professionals with the requisite “hard” technical skills they need to have in order to protect the public’s health. But most traditional training programs do not excel at teaching that other critical ingredient, the soft skills.