It’s one thing to know what Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is, but it’s another thing to take an assessment and know your score (both overall and for each component).Read More
Brain trust, leadership circle or peer learning group – whatever you’d like to call it, having a safe environment in which to discuss challenges, share ideas and learn from others is vital to your success as a leader.Read More
How can you incorporate play and joy into your weekly schedule?Read More
When you were a child, you probably set goals all the time without realizing it. “I want to get A’s and B’s – nothing lower – in school.” “I want to save up enough money to buy Nintendo for X dollars.” “I want to master throwing a curve ball.”
Even back then, you knew that setting and achieving goals helped you make the most of your life. As an adult, that same principle now applies to you both personally and professionally.Read More
Sleep is one key to higher emotional intelligence, or EQ. While you are sound asleep, your brain is at work shuffling through your memories and storing or discarding them. This shuffling process results in two things: dreams and an alert and clearheaded mind when you wake up.Read More
Use compassionate listening when someone is struggling. Maybe their spouse had a mental breakdown, their mother is dying or their child is addicted to drugs. All you do is listen. You don’t have to say anything. You don’t have to think of the next great thing to say. You simply focus on them.Read More
Listening is a critical leadership skill. Listening creates connections, and connections allow us to relate to others. The most effective leaders have deep connections with the people around them and can easily talk to them about challenging or difficult topics.Read More
How often do you have to repeat a question because you didn’t listen to the answer the first time you asked?
Do you ever space out in meetings because you are thinking about dinner, carpools, and errands?
When was the last time you insisted to your spouse that he or she never told you something, but in truth, you just weren’t paying attention?Read More
All day long, you get to pick whether you are in a good mood or a bad mood. You also get to pick who are you going to spend your time with.
This may sound obvious, but your mood and the moods of others have a huge impact on you as a leader. I know some leaders who avoid talking to certain people – even lucrative clients – because they know what they’re going to get – a negative attitude and nonstop complaining.Read More
I have been working on 360 reviews with clients lately. Some find the feedback incredibly useful and are genuinely excited to hear what their colleagues say about their leadership skills. They see it as a gift. Others do everything in their power to prove that the review does not reflect the truth.Read More
We are trapped in a belief system that states we must do more in order to be better. It’s a badge of honor to say, “I worked a 60-hour week.” Or, “I haven’t taken a proper vacation in three years.”Read More
Can you do nothing? Niksen, you see, is a Dutch term that means doing nothing. If you are like most of my clients, you cannot fathom doing nothing.Read More