Is Your Ego Getting in your Way?

Writing for Training Magazine online, Dr. George Watts and Laurie Blazek address a difficult subject that almost no one talks about in professional development: the role ego plays in your leadership style. They don’t pull any punches. “The ego is the psyche’s trickster”, they write. “It’s the wrong-minded attempt to perceive and project yourself as … Continue reading Is Your Ego Getting in your Way?

What Have You Learned Lately?

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso Companies are always on the hunt for the best talent. But how to define talent is different for every hiring manager. Experience and technical skills play a role in defining talent, of course, but … Continue reading What Have You Learned Lately?

5 Ways to Make Your Point More Effectively

Speaking up in meetings can be nerve-wracking for many people.  Even workers who are not normally shy feel panic at the thought of expressing ideas in front of the boss.  One employee of a nonprofit says she can feel her throat close up if she’s called on to express an opinion.  Another colleague says, “I’m … Continue reading 5 Ways to Make Your Point More Effectively

Hot and Cold Conflict in the Office

Conflict happens on the job. Even people who agree on what must be done can have strong disagreements about methods. When resources are scarce or performance pressure is high, you can easily have conflict that boils over. Mark Gerzon, a mediation expert and author of “Leading Through Conflict: How Successful Leaders Transform Differences into Opportunities,” … Continue reading Hot and Cold Conflict in the Office

Gut Feelings

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. ~ Albert Einstein Intuition is part of the human experience. It’s the ability to know something without thinking consciously about it. It can be more reliable … Continue reading Gut Feelings

Choose Trust

“Tough people fight fire with fire. Wise people fight fire with water.”  Former Marine and FBI counterintelligence expert Robin Dreeke wrote the book on human behavior. He taught social psychology and in the practical application of the science of relationship development for the FBI, and eventually rose to direct the behavioral analysis program for the … Continue reading Choose Trust

Coach in Quiet Moments

This is a reprint one of my posts inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. I felt inspired to share it again, just in case you (or someone you love) might be stuck in a behavior patter that’s not serving them right now.   In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg discusses how important feedback has been to … Continue reading Coach in Quiet Moments

Trust First

Here is the formula to become a great leader: First: Be eminently worthy of trust. Second: Prove you are. Those are the words of Robin Dreeke, a former Marine and FBI counterintelligence agent in his book The Code of Trust, in which he outline rules for creating and maintaining trust within your personal relationships and … Continue reading Trust First

To Decide or Not to Decide; That is the Question

“Where you are today, in your personal and professional life, is the result of decisions you once made. Where you will be in the future depends on the decisions you are about to take.” Author and consultant Joseph Bikart has helped individuals and companies make hundreds of important decisions, and he believes that making good … Continue reading To Decide or Not to Decide; That is the Question

How to Be Happy

Epictetus, the great Stoic philosopher, asked and answered some of the most important questions of life. If you think that an ancient philosopher couldn’t possibly have anything relevant to say abut modern life, you might want to think again. Sharon Lebell is the author of The Art of Living, a book that interprets Epictetus’s writing … Continue reading How to Be Happy