That One Thing (TOT) Part 2

That One Thing (TOT) Part 2 What Holds You Back? by Michele Parrish During my career as an operations leader in the high tech industry, I experienced the tremendous value of applying Theory of Constraints to optimize manufacturing operations. Eli Goldratt was actually a physicist who developed the theory and


by Norman Lanier, Ph.D, Corporate Psychologist & Executive Coach Ranking right up there near the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” is a somewhat similar and equally puzzling question, “Why are people resistant to change?” Rabbi Harold Kushner, in preparing to write When Bad Things Happen to Good

What Holds You Back? Breaking Through That One Thing (TOT) Part I of IV

By Michele Parrish, Editorial Contributions by Norm Lanier, Ph. D. A couple of years ago I started articulating the work I do as an executive coach as “helping brilliant people shine brighter.”   Yes, even the most brilliant people can grow. Our strengths are what make us shine, and there has been

Embrace 2016!

  A new year is a “temporal landmark” (a phrase coined by social scientists)—a point in time for a fresh start and a chance to begin again. In our businesses, we build new budgets, refresh/add to strategic plans, and hopefully, look at our own resources and skillsets to think about

John Ray’s Secret Sauce Part III: John’s Insights into Human Relations

JOHN RAY’S SECRET SAUCE Part III – John’s Insights into Human Relations by Norman Lanier, Ph.D, Corporate Psychologist & Executive Coach   John Ray was a large, brawny man who probably had never met a stranger. To say he was down to earth was an understatement. His reputation preceded him; he was

An Insider’s View of Executive Search and the Hiring Process

Some say the economy and job market are bright for 2016. After an extremely rocky start to the year on Wall Street, the experts’ views on the economy are mixed. But one thing is certain: hiring good, capable people is always a challenge. When times are good, more jobs are

Executive Presence: Commanding the Room with the “5 C’s”

  Executive presence is a quality we see and feel when we look at leaders whom we admire. We all want to know who is in charge (especially when we believe it is ourselves), and to feel the confidence and comfort a great leader seems to have and to instill.


Like many concepts, EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EQ) is something people knew about and described for years before someone (in this case, Daniel Goleman) hung a label on it that stuck. EQ was a clever play on words—IQ was short for Intelligence Quotient, and EQ has become short for the intelligence that


by Norman Lanier, Ph.D, Corporate Psychologist & Executive Coach For those of you who were able to delay gratification, we have John Ray’s Secret Sauce recipe and we are going to share it—including all of the ingredients. As you may recall from last time, years ago I was consulting with a company