You walk into a meeting late and people are already in huddles. Colleagues glance over ever so briefly then turn back to their conversations. You sit down in a corner and use your smartphone to check email. Once the group discussion starts, you want to offer an opinion but can’t seem to get a word in. Eventually, you […]


Thanksgiving is a time where we reflect upon those things for which we are thankful. The team here at MFI wanted to take this opportunity not only to thank our clients for your trust in us and for allowing us to support you in your efforts to reach your goals but also to share our […]


Remember Newton’s Third Law of Motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction? I’ve coined a similar law for business teams: For every symptom there is a hidden root cause. Symptoms are easy to see while root cause is often hidden. Why should we care? We make decisions on what we can […]


Book Summary – by Patrick Lencioni The first step towards reducing misunderstandings and confusion within a team is to understand that there are five dysfunctions, and that each one that applies has to be addressed separately. The root cause of absence of trust lies with team members being unable to show their weaknesses; to be vulnerable […]


By Susan Murphy Are you holding yourself back because of low confidence? Do you spend a lot of time “in your head” worrying, regretting, putting yourself down, and wishing things were different? Do you stop yourself from taking advantage of opportunities and reaching the success of which you know you are capable? Without confidence, you […]


Learning may not always come from those above you on the career ladder. Peers and even direct reports may have valuable lessons to share – If you’re open minded to them. Effective leadership, like success in life, is as much a social journey as it is a learning journey. There’s simply too much change happening […]


By The Quiet Leadership Institute In his new book Peak: Secrets of the New Science of Expertise, K. Anders Ericsson proposes that almost all of us have the seeds of excellence within us—it’s just a question of nurturing them via deliberate practice. What is deliberate practice? Deliberate practice is the breakdown of expertise into a series of […]


I found this article today as I was reviewing Success Magazine. Interesting topic and thought I would share. Imagine for a moment that you’re about to sit down with an employee to discuss exciting new changes to your company. Perhaps you’re bubbling with enthusiasm, sure that she’ll feel the same as you. Then you break […]


Although coaching has traditionally been used as a developmental tool for executives, in many organizations access has expanded to individuals at every age and stage of their careers. This is because a growing number of organizational decision-makers recognize the capacity of coaching to empower, engage and develop employees. As the face of individuals receiving coaches changes, so do the modalities used. […]


Several articles we have published have provided insights into the growing trend of people in all walks of life to reevaluate their definition of success. A rapidly growing audience of individuals, companies, and even nations is embracing the pursuit of Significance, above and beyond financial success. Why? The journey to Significance feeds our hunger for […]