Jul 312013

In Conversation with Gregg Thompson:
Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

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Gregg Thompson
Realizing Leadership in Conversation

Gregg is a facilitator, coach, author and speaker with a passion for developing the greatness in individuals and organizations. As president of Bluepoint Leadership Development, he leads a talented group of worldwide professionals who design and deliver challenging educational experiences that accelerate the natural development of leaders.

As a much-in-demand leadership coach, Gregg works with senior executives across North and South America, Europe and Asia. Gregg consistently wins the praise of clients for his wealth of experience and knowledge of business management, and his uncompromising dedication to achieving the highest standards of excellence in organization leadership.

Gregg’s popular book entitled Unleashed!: Expecting Greatness and Other Secrets of Coaching for Exceptional Performance is based on the principles of the highly-experiential workshop, Leader as Coach. The second book in the series co-authored with Ron Crossland entitled, The Leadership Experience: From Individual Success to Organization Significance addresses the necessity for leaders to advance beyond personal success to create a lasting organizational legacy. Gregg’s third book co-authored with Bruna Martinuzzi, entitled The Power to Lead: Lessons in Creating Your Unique Masterpiece, explores the basic building block of the leader – you! Using the metaphor of the art of oil painting, the authors challenge leaders to explore every facet of their lives in preparation for leadership.


Other authors and articles in this issue:

Nancy Daniels
Why You Should Breathe Diaphragmatically When Public Speaking
The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. Get started improving your presentation skills using Nancy’s free eBook, The #1 Secret for Improving Your Speaking Voice. To discover the best means of adding some life to your voice and your delivery, watch a brief video as The Voice Lady describes Dynamic Public Speaking and visit her website, VoiceDynamic.com, for more information and resources to enhance your speaking skills.


Dee Dukehart
Ten Communication Tips to Help in Your Personal and Professional Lives
Dee Dukehart runs Sandbox Communications, an international communications consulting business, that helps individuals, teams and companies improve their business strategies and bottom line with more powerful presentations, business writing and communication. As an executive business communications consultant and trainer, she combines her marketing and professional speaking background with her writing expertise to train and enhance employees’ written documents and spoken words, and to coach executives in organizing, creating and delivering impressive, memorable and powerful presentations. Dee has been a professional speaker, communications trainer and presentation skills coach for over 10 years. She’s an active member of the National Speakers Association and the Colorado Chapter – a board member in 1998-2000, 2006; a member of the American Society of Training and Development and 24-Hour Fitness. She is also a board member of the YMCA/Denver.

Her articles appear in diverse publications from Leadership Strategies to Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau to Surgical Services Management. For more information, please visit Dee’s website at DeeDukehart.com.


Shelley Kirkpatrick
Putting the Vision Statement into Action: Tips for Leaders
Dr. Shelley Kirkpatrick is the founder and CEO of Visiontelligence LLC, an organization devoted to helping leaders build and implement effective vision statements. Her research-based tools and systems, including VisionPlex®, VisionPlex® In Action, and Vision Development System, help leaders of small and large companies develop effective vision statements. She also serves as the Director of Assessment Services for Management Concepts, a Tysons Corner, Virginia, training and professional services firm. A former professor at Carnegie Mellon University and American University, she has published over 50 articles and given numerous presentations. She holds a PhD from the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at College Park and BS from Bowling Green State University. She is a third degree black belt in tae kwon do and lives with her husband and two sons in Vienna, Virginia.


Mitch McCrimmon
Why Leadership Isn’t a Role
Mitch McCrimmon, Ph.D., specializes in management assessment at all levels, executive coaching and career transition counselling. He has worked as a consultant for 25 years with 10 previous years in various HR roles. His consulting career started in Canada with KPMG and continued with them in the UK before joining PA Consulting Group in 1989. He has been Managing Partner, Self Renewal Group since 1994. Mitch has designed assessment centres for executive selection, leadership development and succession planning across a range of private and public sector organizations; he uses a range of psychometric questionnaires and reasoning tests as well. He was an executive coach for the leadership development program of Ashridge Business School in the UK from 2001 to 2006 before returning to Canada.

Mitch obtained a BA in Psychology and MA in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario in 1975. While he was in the UK, he obtained the Chartered Psychologist designation with the British Psychological Society. He writesextensively on leadership and related topics with articles published in the Ivey Business Journal, The Canadian Manager and Management Issues among other publications.

For more information, please go to Lead2xl.com.


Kate Peters
From Information to Imagination: Delivering a Good Story
Kate Peters has taught voice and communication impact training for over 30 years. She has been the communications trainer for many successful business clients at companies such as Cisco, Hyperion Solutions, Disney, Boeing, CA, British Petroleum, First American, and Nissan, and has been a featured speaker with organizations such as Women in Business, NAFE,
E-Women, Rotary, The UCLA Alumni Association, CASE, and many others. She is the author of the book, Can You Hear Me Now? and her blog, Kate’s Voice is among the top 100 public speaking blogs. Kate also stays active as a musical performing artist, with three albums to her credit and a cabaret act that she performs as time permits.


Lisa Woods
Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace:
How to Develop Yourself and Your Team

Lisa Woods is the President and CEO of ManagingAmericans.com. She is a successful entrepreneur, world-class marketing strategist, dynamic business leader and author with more than 20 years experience leading, managing and driving growth in the corporate world. Today she provides Management Tools, Do-It-Yourself Training, and Business Assessments for small to mid-size companies. Lisa utilizes her experience with integration techniques, organizational and cultural overhauls, financial turnarounds and strategic revitalization to help other companies succeed. Closing the gap between strategy and hierarchy through the use of effective communication skills, Lisa’s techniques successfully develop employees into exceptional leaders, results driven managers and passionate team contributors that collectively exceed objectives.