Author: Laura Queen

No Place for Hate

This is an interesting time. Our eyes and ears are filled with disturbing and disquieting images. It is difficult to rise above the fray. It is even more difficult for some not to succumb to anger, divisiveness, and hatred. We are finding ourselves polarized and at cross-purposes with colleagues, friends, family members and neighbors. Our…
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August 21, 2017 0


I love my job! It’s Monday morning, I’ve been up since 3:30 am and I’m writing this from gate F27 of the Philadelphia International Airport. I mean it, I really love my job! On any given day I am a puzzle-solver, listener, creator, counselor, therapist, administrative assistant, controller, cook, concierge, project manager, and most importantly…
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July 14, 2017 0

Walking your talk: when the best intentions go wrong

It’s 10 am on Monday morning and you are looking at the operations dashboard for last week. Your employee attrition rate remains at 26%, you are only attracting qualified candidates for 50% of your current openings, and most of your new hires are remaining with you for fewer than 60 days. You’ve missed your manufacturing…
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April 27, 2017 2

Successful leadership: How to energize our strengths in a world where we are taught to “fix” our weaknesses

I am not sure of the exact moment when I realized that leadership development could be more productive, and potentially more impactful, if it focused more on strengths and capabilities, than on gaps and deficits. Nonetheless, it has been my great fortune to have done so at a time when others are now slowly coming…
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April 5, 2017 0

Are you ready to activate your own Business Leader Evolution ™?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of evolve includes the phrase, “to…develop slowly, often into a better, more complex, or more advanced state; to develop by a process.” At Colloquia Partners, our work focuses on helping individuals, teams, and organizations through times of transition. Sometimes the transitions are self-imposed, as when someone is seeking to change employers,…
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March 27, 2017 0

Infographic: 7 Positive Questions to Improve Fit in Hiring

Our first in a series of “7 Positive Questions”.

March 15, 2017 0

The Power of Storytelling

Winter always inspires me to regroup and reconnect. More of my time is spent indoors, and it invariably leaves me feeling a little claustrophobic. This year, I am using that energy and inspiration to go through my ridiculously ample book collection, and read books that I have collected and received throughout the years. Many have…
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March 8, 2017 0

Successful Leadership: Insight from a Well-Respected CEO

Today, leadership manifests itself in many different ways. We all know powerful leaders that may not necessarily be successful or effective, and many of us also know successful leaders that don’t exert the power that we would expect of someone in the role. But what about the leaders who have found that delicate balance between…
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February 28, 2017 0

Perception: What if we weren’t so quick to judge?

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius Is there such a thing as an objective truth in life? It is a debate for the ages, a philosophical question that quite possibly doesn’t have an answer. Too often in my life and in…
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February 19, 2017 0

A Whole New Metaphor: Merger as Mash-Up!

Attending the New Orleans Jazz Festival is at the top of my bucket list. Jazz is a fusion of sounds, voices, tempos, and rhythms, and has roots in many traditions. It is constantly evolving. It takes on the nuances of the moment and the artists and draws its energy from the audience. It’s organic and…
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February 13, 2017 0