Virtual Development Programs: 4 Things Leaders Want Most

Today is National Online Learning Day—a celebration of virtual education for school-aged children. When this was established in 2016, no one could have imagined the dramatic surge in online learning for both kids and adults. Fast forward to 2021 and the pressures of an ongoing pandemic. Leaders have discovered that a good majority of professional development opportunities are [...]

2021-09-24T09:39:21-05:00By |Leadership, Web/Tech|

Remote Workers: Make Your Virtual Impact Count

June 24 is National Work-From-Home Day—a celebration of the cultural and technological advancements that allow us to be productive working from anywhere outside the office. After 2020, I’m guessing there will be millions more people metaphorically toasting to that capability! While remote workers weren’t uncommon before, the pandemic accelerated the proliferation of tools and services [...]

Shake Up Your Own Thinking

If you want to play a bigger role in the evolution of your company’s growth and success, there’s a mandatory step in the process: shake up your own thinking! Steve Miller, former CEO of Shell Oil Co., was well known for shaking things up. As Shell was rebranding in Europe, he invited a group of employees [...]

2021-06-10T14:01:01-05:00By |Professional Success|

What 2020 Taught Us About Leadership

I’ve always believed that challenging experiences help us to grow. From that perspective, 2020 offered us a learning opportunity like no other. I don’t know about you, but I really hope 2021 involves a little less learning. So now what? While it’s tempting to block out the whole year and focus on the future, I [...]

2021-02-04T13:11:55-06:00By |Blind Spots|

What’s in a Name? Personal Musings from a Keynote Speaker

It happens all the time. I introduce myself in a social setting and share my name. Seems pretty straightforward, right? Unfortunately, no. Here’s how the exchange usually goes: "Hi, I’m Sara Canaday.” “Sara Kennedy?” “It’s Canaday with a C.” “Are you from Canada?” (usually accompanied by a chuckle and a wink) “Well, no. But it’s [...]

Modern Leaders Balance Hard Data with Soft Intelligence

Every day we generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. This information has led to some tremendous breakthroughs with the potential to improve thousands of lives. As leaders, we also have mountains of data available to us—honestly, more than we can assimilate or make sense of. Yet huge decisions are made every day based solely on [...]

2019-07-23T11:39:23-05:00By |Leadership|