Leadership Series Secret Two – Collaborate

Leadership Series: Uncover Your Secret Code to Success | Secret Two – Collaborate

This post is part two of my Leadership Series on the secrets of successful leadership. In my first post, + Secret One: Open yourself up to those around you, I discussed the importance of letting go of your fears and making yourself vulnerable, allowing you to gain self-awareness, self-knowledge, and self-actualization. Now that you are…

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Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Successful Leadership

Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Successful Leadership For the past twenty-plus years, people have been talking and writing about the importance of emotional intelligence. Recently emotional intelligence or EI has been tied to leadership, specifically successful leadership. While most of these articles were written with a professional/corporate audience in mind, I am going to open…

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New Year’s Resolution: How to Get Started on Your Annual Plan

New Years Resolutions The end of a year can have an emotional pull in polarized directions. To our left, we see our accomplishments, celebrated victories, new friendships, and relationships and to our right, we see heartbreaks and incompletions. Depending on your personal wiring you will tend to keep one side closer to your vest. But…

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Three Essential Tips for Dealing with Difficult People, Including Yourself

3 Essential Tips for Dealing with Difficult People “The difficulties in life are vital for our personal growth and well-being.” – Lailah Gifty Akita I recently had to deal with a very difficult person who shall rename anonymous for the purpose of this blog. This person was making my life miserable and as much as…

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Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?

Competitions are a great motivational tool for increasing performance. Findings of Coren Apicella and Johanna Mollerstrom, Professors who have studied competition among women and its effects on success and productivity. Women in the workplace are often reluctant to compete with other women, keeping them from success and perpetuating gender inequalities in the workplace. I can…

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Getting Unstuck – The Process of Rewiring

So, you are feeling stuck? What’s the big deal? Well, it all depends on what it has been costing you. I am talking about things like health, wealth, happiness, contentment, inner peace, confidence, peace of mind. You get it. The process of feeling stuck is a normal part of human evolution. What isn’t so normal…

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How to Get Unstuck with Neuro Emotional Coaching®: The Process of Rewiring

“In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” – Warren Buffett So, you are feeling stuck? What’s the big deal? Well, it all depends on what it has been costing you. I am talking about things like health, wealth, happiness, contentment, inner peace, confidence,…

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Shake Things Up! Make a Splash! Disrupt!

If, like me, you’ve been trained to think of disruption in negative terms, it’s time for a change. Used correctly, disruption can be the most thoughtful and creative way to shake things up and make people take notice. Disruption means doing the unexpected. The basic theory of disruption has been around since 1995, and historically…

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The Law of Attraction – Does it Really Work? (Part I)

The Law of Attraction is an idea that is widespread in New Age and New Thought philosophy. It posits to never dwell on the negative, as the metaphysical principle of life is embodied in a “law of attraction”: you get what you think about, your thoughts determine your destiny. Louise Hay, the Queen of Affirmations,…

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What is Your Vision?

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Many years ago Martin Luther King had a powerful dream for the world. He dreamt of a world where people of all races could live together in peace…

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Getting to Know You – Part 1

Throughout our lives one thing should never change: our quest to understand ourselves and others more clearly. When we learn about ourselves, the benefits are nearly endless: a sense of self, knowledge of our beliefs, understanding of our motivations, learning how and why others react to us in different ways, and – from the point…

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Fight The Urge to Stereotype

The subtlest and most pervasive of all influences are those which create and maintain the repertory of stereotypes. We are told about the world before we see it. We imagine most things before we experience them. -Walter Lippmann Here’s a quick exercise on stereotyping: what do you think of when you think of a London…

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All You Need Is Love (For Yourself)

Can you remember the feeling of new love? There’s absolutely nothing like the wonder and feelings of fresh new love: the world is bright, energy is buzzing and boundless, productivity abounds, your heart is bursting, all is right with the world. You look to the future with open eyes and expectations. Your emotions are edgy…

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Place the Big Rocks First

Though you’ve may not heard of author and speaker Steven Covey, you’ve probably read, or at the very least heard of, his wonderful book The Seven Habits of Effective People. And, though that is his most well-known book, it’s a philosophy from his first book, Put First Things First, which really resonates with me. There,…

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The Truth Can Be Hurtful

A coaching client of mine recently had an experience that brought back to me a frequently-forgotten but basic truth. This client (let’s call her Ellen) has been coaching with me for about a year. But last week when she came in, she was emotionally distraught and clearly distracted. She explained that something had happened between…

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How to Receive Feedback – Part Two

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her. -David Brinkley This post is about receiving negative feedback or making receiving criticism a positive experience. For ease of discussion, let’s say there are two types of feedback: positive feedback when you are told…

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How to Receive Feedback – Part One

Winston Churchill recognized the importance of criticism when he said, “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than…

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I Want My Employees to Trust Me: A Few Simple Steps to Move to Regain Trust

Recently, a new executive coaching client came to me and pointed to a very specific dilemma he was experiencing. He felt, quite strongly, that his employees simply did not trust him. He wanted my help. This was a challenging undertaking and was a multistep process. Together, we tackled the problem and, together, we succeeded in…

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Gearing Up When You’re Out of Steam

We all have times that we feel stuck. When it’s a writer who gets stuck, the syndrome has a name: “writer’s block.” But certainly that feeling that your brain can’t get started isn’t exclusive to writers. Plenty of executives that I coach run into these blocks frequently. Since it’s a universal feeling from which we…

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Cultural Intelligence Revisited – Self Confidence and Success

Not for the first time, and probably not for the last, I find myself clinging to the importance of cultural intelligence. Often, I’ve thought of this concept in terms of defining the culture at work, or in a family, in a country or even in a classroom. But now studies have been done on actual…

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NEC® and Hiring – Using Your Rational Mind and Your Instincts Together

“Engage your emotions at work. Your instincts and emotions are there to help you”. –Richard Branson Neuro Emotional Coaching® helps us to transform our negative emotional reactions and makes space for behaviors that favor a thoughtful rational approach to business. If you are angry – breathe, figure out what is causing the anger, react in…

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Teaching Emotional Intelligence to Children and Young Adults

If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far. People tend to become more emotionally intelligent as they…

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Do You Have an Inner Caroline Kennedy?

A big part of my executive and life coaching practice is about letting go of whatever is holding you back. I help you find and identify inner demons that interfere with your business and personal success and overcome them. That’s exactly why a recent article that I read about Carolyn Kennedy resonated with me. If…

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Putting It Into Perspective – Just How Serious Is Your Stress? An Executive Coaching Perspective

We all stress over things in our daily lives – work, friends, family or other circumstances that seem contrived to bring out the worst in us. Some of us survive these stresses through meditation or medication, some through dance, some through reading, some through exercise, the possibilities are endless. But, what if there are stresses…

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Let It Go; Free Yourself and Move On

“I felt ashamed for having judged him so harshly without knowing the real boy. His one offense against me―goaded by Charlie’s bullying character―was easy to forgive.” – Richelle E. Goodrich, Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher Almost all of us have someone in our lives who can derail us. These individuals, whom I think of…

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Why a Professional Coach Is Essential to Your Success

“I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum potential.” –Bob Nardelli, former CEO of Home Depot, www.entheos.com/quotes Have you ever considered whether you should get involved with a professional coach (executive, life or business) but stopped before your initial phone call or consultation?  Did you stop not because the problems or concerns…

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