To Be of Use

To the Fringe community, this month, I wanted to speak directly to you — not about management, or bias, or skill-building, but about the human experience. I’ve never been someone who struggles to fall asleep. Before this year, I could drift off as soon as my head hit the pillow. But I’ve recently found myself lying awake or waking in …

When Sorry’s Not Sorry

American politics has given us many examples of inauthentic nonapologies in recent years. Yet Rep. Ted Yoho’s cringe-worthy attempt to apologize to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez offers a fresh reminder of what not to do after calling your co-worker “crazy” and “f—ing bitch” — namely, go through the motions of an apology without an ounce of self-reflection or an attempt at …

Coaching as a Path Forward

Turning Uncertainty into Action

You may have thought it was Siri or Alexa, but it’s actually the human brain that wins the top spot for its ability to see and anticipate patterns. Yet like any good algorithm-generator, the accuracy of the brain’s predictions depends heavily on the accuracy of the underlying data.  The powerhouse that is human decision-making becomes faulty when the data of …

Fringe PD makes big move to enhance client experience

WASHINGTON — One of the fastest-growing coaching and training firms just got bigger: Megan McGrath Corsetti joined the female-led Fringe Professional Development (PD) team on Feb. 10 as its director of client relationships. “We are thrilled to be adding Megan’s energy and wisdom to our team of whip-smart trainers and consultants and look forward to seeing her ideas strengthen the impact of our …

Gather ‘Round the Table, Ya’ll

Want to know what I’m thankful for this year? Thanksgiving dinner. But it’s not because the food is delicious (although my sweet potatoes are amazing …). It’s because holiday meals are the perfect testing grounds for mediating disputes.   Think about it. Mediation, when successful, is simply communicating through conflict with the goal of reaching an agreement that lets everyone carry …

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Fringe Research: Communication in the Legal Profession

After studying civility and workplace communication in the legal profession with the NALP Foundation for over a year, it is time to start putting our finding to work! Check out our article, “An Exploration of Civility within the Legal Industry,” in this month’s issue of the PD Quarterly. To learn more about how we are utilizing this research in practice …

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Sharing is caring. A lesson for our leaders.

Leaders are bestowed with a great gift. They have the capacity to shape individuals, organizations, and nations. Without being cheeky, I will remind everyone of the wisdom given to Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” All too often in corporate America, our leaders see the power in their actions, their decisions, how they choose to structure teams and deals …

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Communicate Better with Neuroscience

Have you ever had a conversation with someone, only to find out later that the person walked away with a totally different understanding of your meaning? Have you ever had this happen in a work environment? If so, you have likely seen the damage that can be done to a relationship because of a simple miscommunication. Within a team or …

Introducing, Fringe Professional Development

Friends and colleagues, It has been just over a week since I announced the launch of my new business venture, Fringe Professional Development. My goal with Fringe is to provide the critical skills needed to help talent succeed in this new modern workplace and to provide organizations with insight into how they can be leaders in managing and developing the …