Ash Wall

Ash brings public, private, and nonprofit experience to the team at Edgework. He has worked in a traditional classroom setting, having spent a year-long fellowship at a school in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he taught American Studies. Following that, Ash spent three years on the staff of a U.S. Senator in Washington, DC, where he worked on — among other things — coalition building and international affairs policy. His work experience also includes time in education and communication at a software start-up in Auckland, NZ, building and expanding a platform to help retailers reward their customers. Ash is a native of Providence, Rhode Island, and holds an undergraduate degree in Government from Hamilton College.

Recent Posts

Towards a New Definition of High Performance Teams

Posted by Ash Wall on Aug 22, 2016 2:19:08 PM

"All of these major changes in organizational life and business are raising powerful questions about what a team can and should do. Today’s high performance team cannot just focus primarily on its producing. A high performance team gives equal, if not more, attention to how it provides for its team members."

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Topics: Teamwork, Organizational Culture

Is The Grass Greener? Go Find Out – The Right Way!

Posted by Ash Wall on Jul 12, 2016 2:34:19 PM

"We say that young professionals entering the workforce lack loyalty, and are committed to people and experiences, not the company. What is wrong with that?  Maybe we all have something to learn from this approach!"

"Maybe you don’t like your job or the people you work with.  Or perhaps you love your job, and the people you work with, but you want to be sure it is where you should be. Maybe you want to experience a growth opportunity that doesn’t exist there.  Regardless of your situation there is real value behind the process of looking."

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Topics: Leadership Coaching, Retention

3 Ways to Have a Successful Conflict Conversation in the Workplace

Posted by Ash Wall on Jun 7, 2016 12:47:07 PM

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. Dealing with the conflict through a meaningful conversation is always preferable to letting it simmer, and to have that conversation be a success, it pays to prepare. We all prepare for these conversations in some way. Often times, not constructively. “When he brings up this point, I’ll bring up that one!,” we think, like George Costanza in Seinfeld and his famous jerk store line – planning out the moment when you’ll prove your coworker's point wrong with a witty repartee, solving the issue once and for all.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, Workplace Culture, Conflict, Navigating Conflict

Soccer, Landmines and Trauma in Iraq

Posted by Ash Wall on May 19, 2016 1:58:05 PM

"Sulaymaniyah is one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever visited, flanked by majestic mountains, rolling hills, and glassy lakes. But, driving up into those mountains the evidence of decades of war and conflict is apparent; dozens of landmine signs warning of anti-personnel mines, anti-tank mines, mortars, and other unexploded ordnance mark the hillsides."

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Topics: Sports, Trauma

Open Enrollment Workshops 2016

Posted by Ash Wall on May 11, 2016 12:45:58 PM

We're throwing the doors open at Edgework Consulting in 2016, offering some of our most popular materials in open enrollment workshops. For those of you curious about seeing an Edgework Consulting workshop live, this is a great opportunity. Each workshop will be held at our headquarters in Boston's Financial District. Our next one is Giving & Receiving Feedback. Here are the details:

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Topics: Teamwork, Workshops and Training

Three Things to Guide A Transition at Work

Posted by Ash Wall on Apr 14, 2016 2:11:09 PM

"The world of work is changing, and with limited exceptions, this means that being adaptable and flexible is one of the most critical workplace skills that anyone can have. But, in order for this to be successful, you have to know what you need to succeed. Some people thrive in a remote working environment, while others need the more regular informal contact that commuting to an office provides. Some people like to be self-directed, and others want a manager to help them stay connected. Some people like project-based work or tangible tasks that can be completed, while others like a more knowledge-based approach, with no clear answer or problem to solve. Know yourself, and then think creatively about how you can use that knowledge to satisfy both your workplace needs and your professional ambition. Often, both can be addressed by being open to a different route than the one you thought you were navigating."

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Topics: Leadership Coaching, Transition

A Feedback Exercise For Teams That Gets Results

Posted by Ash Wall on Mar 31, 2016 9:53:42 AM

"Too many of us go through our workday avoiding feedback conversations, or anxiously preparing to give someone feedback only to stumble through it to little effect. The giver doesn’t feel heard and the receiver is not quite sure what they heard – or what to do with it. In our extensive research and work with all types of teams and organizations, we’ve seen that for feedback to be effective and constructive we need to think about it differently – as a two-way street."

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Topics: Organizational Culture, Feedback