Tag Archives: Emotional Intelligence

The Value of “Un-Labelling” to Leadership

This week’s post borrows from “TED Works: The Empowerment Dynamic.” As a lifelong learner, I discovered the TED work through a class I took for coaches.   It struck a chord and I’ve been helping clients gain helpful perspective from this relevant model ever since. Written just “two days after the very dramatic and chaotic US Presidential election,” I share their perspective here. “Much has been said already about what will change. Most of us fear change, including big change that this election will create for just about everyone. During this time of chaos, we prefer to become like “sociologists,” observing …

Having doubts as a leader?

I work with leaders who often have big dreams—visionary individuals who, when they begin to work, find their ideas are often outside the mainstream of the marketplace.  These individuals possess a rare combination of abilities; high degrees of creativity, tempered with equally high analytic horsepower.  I am constantly amazed to watch as they go back and forth, honoring the need to rigorously employ both domains. However, one thing you may not expect is that these same people often struggle with their minds—or specifically their habitual thoughts. They also struggle with the emotional tug of war that goes on inside, when …

How Do You Manage in the Gray?

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips borrows from Leading Blog.  We outline an approach to a common leadership conundrum:  How To Manage in the Gray? Leadership today requires more than ever before.  Leaders need to make decisions based on facts, and to discern the difference between opinion and fact.  They need to analyze what is known, to integrate seemingly unrelated fields, and often under extreme time pressure. In his book, “Managing in the Gray,” Joseph Badaracco offers us 5 key questions to help. He urges readers to avoid temptation to skip one or pick a favorite.  “This approach improves deliberation …

When The Going Gets Tough I…..

Recently I’ve experienced a number of tough challenges.  I’ve also been hearing from friends and colleagues who’ve been voicing the same.  This got me to reflect on my habits and patterns. I’ve also observed how others who receive challenging news manage to courageously embrace “what is.” Leadership is an opportunity to evolve and develop aspects of yourself that will impact you and others.  It’s a chance to examine your beliefs about people and things; how you manage your uncertainty; where you allow your fear to overtake your courage.  It all shows up in your leadership.  This is why looking at …

How to stop chasing your tail: a truthful tale of leadership discovery

This week’s “Step Up” Tip focuses on a pervasive problem many leaders face:  the proverbial “tail-chasing” syndrome. The “Chasing Your Tail” Situation In this story, our character, Brian, is clear about what he wants.  He is reeling from being out of balance, working harder and longer, yet unable to complete things without a struggle to the finish. He has insomnia at times, and lacks the time to take care of people and tasks that are important to him.   He finds himself interrupted frequently and distracted throughout the day. He is getting tired quickly, and experiences burnout and exhaustion.  Moreover, he …