AvoLead blog: Company News

Updates and information on AVOLEAD and their business partners.

AvoLead Announces the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile™





Avolead LLC is pleased to introduce the Entrepreneurial Mindset Profile™ (EMP) self-report tool. AvoLead Client Engagement Director, Jennifer Hall, Ph.D., co-authored the instrument, which was developed by the Leadership Development Institute at Eckerd College. Read more about Dr. Hall here.

Based on extensive research, the EMP is designed to help corporate leaders, students and entrepreneurs assess the degree to which they are utilizing an “entrepreneurial mindset.” The tool measures 14 scales, assessing personality characteristics and motivations, as well as cognitive and behavioral skills critical to entrepreneurial success. The EMP provides a feedback report and a thorough Development Guide that includes interpretive material about each of the 14 scales, suggestions for development, recommended resources and action planning guidelines.

Learn more about the EMP and how AvoLead consultants can help your employees make the most of their entrepreneurial capacity.

AvoLead Announces New Associates

As 2015 gets underway, we are pleased to announce several outstanding new associates to the AvoLead LLC team.

Craig Jones, VP Business Development

Having contributed significantly to the top and bottom line of global organizations he leads, Craig understands the value of investing in people and how to build high performing teams. Responsible for the creation of new departments designed to tap into new markets, he has been chosen to lead several startups within the companies where he has worked. Meet Craig here.

And, with our continued emphasis on being a global provider to our growing client roster, AvoLead announces six new Client Engagement Directors:

Melody H. Clodfelter, Ed.D., High Point, North Carolina, USA

Melody has developed leaders in a variety of organizations and settings. She has also worked in public policy roles with elected and appointed educational, governmental and non-profit boards. Learn more about Melody here.

Diana Danu, Bucharest, Romania

Diana consults with AvoLead clients on public relations, language translation, marketing and media management. Fluent in Romanian, Russian, English and Spanish, her experience as a former press officer and public relations manager for the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova is valuable to leaders in Eastern Europe and to multi-national companies. Read more about Diana here.

Jennifer Hall, Ph.D., St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA

Jen is an experienced leader, coach, leadership trainer and author. Trained and licensed as a clinical psychologist, she blends a genuine concern for individuals and the lives they create for themselves with a pragmatic appreciation for bottom-line business results. Learn more about Jen here.

Larry Osborne, Ed.D., Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Larry is an executive coach and small group facilitator. His expertise includes executive leader assessment and coaching, change leadership and building leadership teams. He approaches coaching as a partnership with the intent to achieve both client fulfillment and organizational success. Read more about Larry here.

Tess Tholstrup, Perth, Western Australia

Tess is an experienced organizational psychologist specializing in working with individuals, leadership teams and organizations. Her work spans a wide variety of industry sectors, levels within organizations and countries. Learn more about Tess here.

Tammi S. Wheeler, Portland, Oregon, USA

Tammi is an executive leadership coach, facilitator and organizational consultant. Her diverse experience includes serving start-ups and Fortune 500 firms in healthcare, high-tech, manufacturing, retail, natural resources, government, financial services and higher education. Read more about Tammi here.

Every AvoLead associate combines knowledge of individual and organizational effectiveness with considerable business experience to make a real difference in the “speed-to-success” of leaders and organizations around the globe.


Leading Forward: Successful Public Leadership Amidst Complexity, Chaos and Change


AvoLead LLC Senior Consultant, John S. Lybarger, Ph.D. is co-author of the new book, Leading Forward: Successful Public Leadership Amidst Complexity, Chaos and Change (with Professional Content). Published by Jossey-Bass, the book will be available this month.

From the Publisher:

Leading Forward explains the four Leadership Meta-Competencies for effective public sector leadership. There is a wealth of advice available for corporate leaders, but little in the way of leadership guidance for those in government agencies. Leading Forward fills that gap by providing the Four Leadership Meta-Competencies Model: (1) Agile Learning Capability, (2) Adept with Ambiguity, (3) Adroit at Thinking Strategically, and (4) Ambitious Drive to Execute. These four leadership meta-competences must be developed and mastered in order to successfully lead in in the public sector. Based on years of experience working with agency leaders at all levels, the latest assessment data from the Office of Personnel Management, the authors’ own survey of over 200 government agency leaders and interviews with over 30 mid-level through senior executive leaders, this engaging yet practical resource includes an assessment, development guide and online resources.

  • Offers unique and uncommon leadership guidance for those in the public sector
  • Includes examples, exercises, techniques, and development resources
  • Ideal for government agency executives, managers and emerging leaders as well as students in leadership and professional development programs

Leading effectively in a government agency is different than leading in the private sector. Leading Forward offers a practical and effective framework for developing great leaders for public service.

An early accolade from Jim Kouzes, co-author of the bestselling, The Leadership Challenge and the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University:

“I am the proud son of a public servant. My dad spent his entire career in Federal service. He started out as a file clerk and retired as a Deputy Assistant Secretary. He taught me more about the real life of a leader than anyone. I know that he’d be a huge fan of Leading Forward just as I am. That ‘s because Tim Flanagan and John Lybarger have captured the essence of what federal leaders struggle with every day and the skills required to master the ambiguities of their roles. Leading Forward is unique in its focus, full of compelling examples that make it an engaging read, and rich with practical suggestions that enable the reader to take action immediately. And the assessment and personal development plan at the end of the book is a valuable bonus that’s worth the price alone. Leading Forward is a must-read for all those who want to continue to make extraordinary things happen in public service. Enjoy.”

JohnLybargerJohn S. Lybarger, Ph.D is a nationally known organizational development consultant and executive coach. He serves public and private sector clients as a consultant, program director, curriculum designer, facilitator and executive coach. Read more about John here.



Higher Ground

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Higher Ground is the place to explore your unique edges, lean into who you are and understand new ways to bring out your magnificence.

Tomi Bryan and Judy Johnson of Leadership Worx are your trusted guides for this unique leadership experience, the first in a series, to take place on Thursday, April 18 in Greensboro, NC.

Learn more and register now.

‘Stealth Coaching’ by AvoLead Senior Consultant, Rob Kramer

StealthCoaching.RobKramerRob Kramer, AvoLead LLC Senior Consultant is the author of the new book, Stealth Coaching: Everyday Conversations for Extraordinary Results.

Rob writes, “In this age of diverse, innovative, and knowledge-based workers, contemporary tools are needed to retain current talent and develop future leaders. Coaching has emerged as a primary instrument for this need. The challenge lies in how it is applied. Oftentimes traditional formalized coaching, used during performance reviews or as a means to give corrective feedback, is met with resistance by the very people it is intended to help.

When released from its conventional use, however, coaching becomes an easily accessible tool to catalyze individual and organizational performance. The framework outlined in Stealth Coaching provides an informal, everyday process to use in daily conversations where real work occurs: between meetings, when people drop by the office, during lunch, or in the hallway. Being stealthful transforms coaching into an effective method to use routinely with staff, peers, and even superiors. Leaders cannot afford not to add this important tool to their toolbox.”

Published just last month, the book is available on Amazon here.

Read more about Rob here.