Emotional Intelligence

  • Fear: Name It, Claim It, Reframe It

    Who hasn’t dealt with fear of failure in one’s career, at one time or another? Several process-oriented changes can lessen the effects of failure or reduce its likelihood. In general, conquering fear of failure is a process of naming it, claiming it and reframing it. Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People […]

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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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  • How Leaders Recognize the Signs: Fear of Failure

    Fear of failure has several telltale—and observable—signs. You’re likely to set your ambitions too low or too high, explains entrepreneurship expert Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don’t Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can (Capstone, 2012). Goals set too low reflect a lack of self-confidence and a fear of achieving […]

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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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  • Mr. Myagi’s Lessons on Vulnerability

    About a year ago, I wrote about my quest to be FEARLESS! Did I achieve the fearlessness that I was seeking? Yes and no. In my pursuit of fearlessness, the universe instead provided several opportunities to be vulnerable. [Ha ha universe – not laughing!] Yes, we must be careful what we ask for. My greatest […]

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  • Self-Acceptance: A Foundation of Business Results

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    As crazy as it may sound self-acceptance has everything to do with business results. As leaders we are focused on the product, service or task that we are responsible for, both individually and with our teams. We place great care and attention on how to organize our processes, procedures, budgets and roles to make it all […]

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