1. Are Your Players Hitting Home Runs?

    June 28, 2014 by Elaine Suess

    Devin Mesoraco is a baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds. He spends his time behind the plate catching a leather-covered piece of rubber. Sometimes it comes at him moving just a tad more than 100 mph.  I have some insight into catching a ball hurling through space. I was on both sides of the pitcher/catcher equation in fast pitch softball in college. I can assure you, I neither caught nor threw at that velocity!

    As a catcher, and at that speed, you have to be ready for anything.

    Even though the catcher gives the signals and expects the pitch to match the signal, that doesn’t always happen.  So, you have to align your expectations and understand what’s possible outside of them.

    Batter Up!

    The unexpected also peaks its head in when Devin steps up to the batter’s box. (more…)

  2. Why People Follow

    May 28, 2012 by Elaine Suess

    If I were to ask you what four words best describe the reasons people follow leaders, what would you say?

    Perhaps, strategic vision? Maybe resilience? What about strengths and emotional intelligence?

    Certainly, these are important, but they don’t quite get it, according to Gallup. 

    Research, Research, Research

    As you know, Gallup has been on a quest to research strengths and leadership for many years. They have studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted over 20,000 interviews with leaders and have interviewed more than 10,000 followers across the globe to see exactly why they followed the leaders who were most important to them in their lives.

    They asked one key question for the study:  (more…)

  3. Where Are Your Singing Mice?

    January 30, 2012 by Elaine Suess

    Not long ago, I was reading through a Smithsonian magazine, and came upon a particular article that captured my attention.

    The story was about a man in Detroit who discovered a singing mouse. No one, including the folks at the University of Michigan, knew what to make of it. They studied the mouse, but couldn’t quite get to the bottom of it all. (more…)

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