Interview with a leader – Mary T. O’Sullivan

By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL “…a leader has to demonstrate the truth and trust in what he says and what he does.” – Dan Smith Several years ago, I had the opportunity to interview a company president about his thoughts on communication and leadership. This president put aside time in his calendar and scheduled my…

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Musings on Leadership Styles – Mary T. O’Sullivan

By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL The management guru, Abraham Zelnick theorized that there was a good reason that managers managed, and leaders led. It all has to do with which one is willing to take a risk. “For those who become managers, a survival instinct dominates the need for risk, and with the instinct comes…

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Why women work so hard – Mary T. O’Sullivan

By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL “I never dreamt for success. I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder Working hard and still overlooked A recent client, Beth, is a high energy, very intelligent, hardworking individual with a tendency to rely on external means (such as spreadsheets, extensive lists, charts and graphs, etc.) to keep herself in…

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Hybrid Teams – Burnout is Not the Option – Mary T. O’Sullivan

By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL “The land of burnout is not a place I ever want to go back to”. – Arianna Huffington             In a recent article published by Harvard Business Review (HBR), responsibility for employee burnout in the workplace has shifted from employees to the organization itself. This idea may seem shocking to…

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Women Need to be Persuasive – Mary T. O’Sullivan

By Mary T. O’Sulllivan, MSOL  “Find the Prophet. This is the person whom you will influence to make your vision a reality.” – Lawrence of Arabia Many years ago, before I became an author or a coach, I was put in charge of a major ($1.8M) renovation of a specialized facility; the company wanted to…

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Why Senior Executives Fail; A Universal Story – Mary T. O’Sullivan

By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes. – Lewis Grizzard In the early 1990’s, the late Jack Welch gathered 20 of his brightest executives to capture rubrics of their success. These individuals were the future senior leaders of GE. They spent…

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Is Change Management Turning You Inside Out? – Mary T. O’Sullivan

By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL A Modern Day Rasputin Consultants are mystical people who ask the company for a number and then gives it back to them. – Unknown It’s not uncommon for leaders to be faced with “big rocks” to solve. (Forbes, “What Are Your Big Rocks?” January 21, 2020) They are complex issues,…

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We still get our hands stuck in the cookie jar – Mary T. O’Sullivan

By Mary T. O’Sullivan, MSOL “We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly” – Aristotle 384-322 BC The scandals of the Deep -Water Horizon oil spill and the Wells Fargo account manipulation fraud, among other notable scandals (Enron and WorldComm for example)…

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