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3 Simple Things that Can Make or Break a Leader

By Dr. Mary M Gillam | November 4, 2018

Have you ever wondered why we need leaders? Imagine what would happen if there were no leaders? Would chaos and confusion be the norm of the day? If effective leadership was no longer the predictor of a successful outcome, then why have leaders? Since these are merely hypothetical questions, it is reasonable to assume that […]

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Is Your Ego Creating a Divide in Your Organization?

By Dr. Mary M Gillam | October 27, 2018

When you hear the words “conceited, self-centered, arrogant, or self-absorbed,” what comes to mind?” Imagine if you as the leader, were being described by your team with these adjectives.  Although these words are used to define egotistical, whose root word is ego, they can also lay the foundation for leadership in crisis. Leaders who want […]

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Boss – Where Do I Belong?

By Dr. Mary M Gillam | August 6, 2018

by Dr. Mary M. Gillam In recent months, there has been a series of incidents in which people of color have been accused of being out-of-place.  As I watched in horror listening to the victims tell their stories of having the police called on them for no legitimate reason, I was mortified.  Never in my […]

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How to Defeat the Sunk-Cost Trap Bias in Program Decision-making

By Dr. Mary M Gillam | September 27, 2017

How many of you remember the infamous enterprise resource planning systems or ERPs? Although some ERP system implementations were successful, some never made it pass go. Yet, they continued to get funded. Why? Can psychological traps in decision-making be the culprit? In the early 2000s, the military launched several ERP system implementations. Without rehashing history, unfortunately, there were […]

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Is Cultural Intelligence and Millennial Engagement Part of Your Leadership Arsenal?

By Dr. Mary M Gillam | September 27, 2017

Adopting these two strategies can help organizations grow their leadership team, gain global influence, and maximize millennial contribution. In his book, The Science of Leadership: Lessons from Research for Organizational Leaders, Julian Barling (2014) asked a very profound question. “Do leaders matter? If so, in terms of what outcomes?” This discussion intrigued me. As I read the […]

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Does Leadership Matter?

By Dr. Mary M Gillam | September 27, 2017

In May 2003, Harvard Business Review published the article “IT Doesn’t Matter” by Nicholas Carr. Challenging the traditional paradigm of thinking that information technology (IT) added strategic value to the organization, Carr’s article provoked much debate in the information technology community. As a former chief information officer, director of information technology, and director of technology, […]

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Is Your Leadership Talent Walking Out the Door?

By Dr. Mary M Gillam | September 27, 2017

Is your business stuck in a leadership rut? Is money walking out the door in the form of highly qualified employees due to a lack of promotion and leadership opportunities? Many studies suggest that millennials are leaving companies due to the lack of skills integration and promotion opportunity. As a forward thinking business owner, have you considered expanding […]

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Are You Ready for College? 6 Tips for Success

By Dr. Mary M Gillam | September 27, 2017

How many of you are Star Trek fans? As a child of the early sixties, Star Trek was one of the first television series that I watched consistently. For years, Star Trek enthusiasts witnessed Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and other cast members step into a fictional transport machine. After experiencing some type of metabolic change, the individuals […]

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How to Build Team Congruency through a Shared Vision

By Dr. Mary M Gillam | September 27, 2017

Have you ever worked in an organization in which the leader’s vision was unclear? Although there was a designated boss, the role appeared to be in name only. There was no consistency in the message. Organizational priorities, goals, and objectives changed continuously. The organization was existing; yet, in chaos. No organization destined for greatness will survive without […]

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Is Your Leadership Development Program Working?

By Dr. Mary M Gillam | September 27, 2017

When you think of a leader, what image or person comes to mind? Is it the President of the United States (POTUS), your pastor, military member, corporate executive, principal, football coach, teacher, or could it be the little elderly lady who has spent years mentoring girls from broken homes? How you answer this question depends […]

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