Emotional Intelligence

  • In a Funk? Here’s how to kick a ‘funny mood’.

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    “This is going to be art’s greatest moment since Mona Lisa sat down & told Leonardo da Vinci she was in a slightly odd mood.” – Edmund Blackadder, Blackadder Goes Forth, BBC I love Blackadder, and this quote has been pertinent as I’ve been in an ‘odd mood’ for a few weeks. I can’t put […]

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  • Gratitude is a Happiness Practice

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    There’s been a groundswell of work in the ‘positive psychology’ space lately. Researchers like Shawn Achor (Harvard) and Dan Gilbert (Harvard) are focused on happiness, and what actually triggers and drives happiness in humans. Achor’s Six Exercises for Happiness are grounded in gratitude, and show that these practices actually change the size of the neural pathways in the human brain! Practicing gratitude makes […]

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  • Gratitude, it’s not just for the holidays

    Do you regularly express gratitude? I mean, on purpose, and for little reason; as in, look someone in the eye and say, “Thank you for doing that.” I don’t do this nearly as often as I should, but have been paying a lot of attention to this space lately. I know, gratitude is a concept […]

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  • Four Ways to put a Spring Back in Your Step

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    Being an entrepreneur is the hardest I have ever worked. In comparison to building a company, my corporate career was easy! While there have been many highlights and periods of excitement during the last 12 years, there have also been those moments when I’ve been in the doldrums, where my energy dropped and I (briefly) […]

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  • Fear of Failure: Perspective Is Everything

    Living with a frequent fear of failure is a significant personal struggle. While fear may not be completely eliminated, it can be overcome. A major shift in perspective is required—something with which an experienced leadership coach can assist you. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and […]

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  • What Causes Fear of Failure?

    I’ve been discussing leaders’ challenges and a big one is fear of failure, even though many refuse to admit to anyone they might feel it. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can (Capstone, 2012), offers some background on causes. Several factors contribute to […]

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  • The Great Leadership Challenge: Fear of Failure

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    Of all the challenges leaders face, none is more pervasive yet hidden than fear of failure. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” Robert F. Kennedy Click To Tweet Leadership is a tough job that requires courage. Doubts, insecurities and fears make organizational challenges more difficult and, in extreme cases, insurmountable. […]

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  • Self-Awareness: Write Your Beliefs

    I’ve been writing about self-awareness, inner monologue, and how we can improve our connections to others through better self-knowledge . This next exercise builds on the previous exercise where you simply write down your inner monologue. It is a little harder because it requires you to pay attention to your beliefs and write them down. During […]

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  • Self-Talk: What We Can Learn About Ourselves

    It’s not always easy to uncover our blind spots and gain real self-awareness. One way is to write down your self-talk, recording the exact words you use. Do this several times over the course of a week, and you’ll uncover a lot about how you think and perceive your world. The exercise is even more […]

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  • An Exercise to Build Self-Awareness

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    I’ve written previously about the power of self-talk and how this can empower and drive us forward, or cripple us in the grip of self-doubt. Our inner monologue runs nonstop, whether we pay attention to it or not. It is a valuable source of self-awareness and a key to knowing our blind spots. Some call […]

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