Tag Archives: Emotional Intelligence

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 …

How Recruiting Fails: Leadership Learning

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips focuses on a key leadership competency:  recruiting talent. During my past life as a vice president of a retained executive search firm, I learned how much opportunity there is to educate companies for a more successful recruiting experience.  Large organizations have HR departments and often employ internal recruiters or external headhunters. But what about the many companies who do not?  What can they do to improve? Because I work with many Founders and CEO’s of entrepreneurial companies that are in the second category, I see familiar patterns from my recruiting days.  One of my …

What’s the True Value of Leadership?

I do quite a bit of work for investor-owned companies. In these situations my focus is on helping leaders of these organizations improve performance that translates into metric and defining the true value of leadership. We know that confidence in leadership is important, but what exactly do we look for?   This week’s Step Up Leader Tip explores the answers in a recent Leading Blog post by Dave Ulrich and Justin Allen. Dave is the author of The Leadership Capital Index. He details how equity or debt investors can systematically and predictably determine the quality of leadership to make faster …

Is Your Leadership In The Right Gear? Part 2

Last week, Step Up Leader Tip borrowed a Leading Blog post on a topic that is fundamental to effective leadership and living:  presence.  How many times do we notice that we are physically here but our mind is somewhere else?   This is a symptom of the inability to be present, without which connection with another person can’t happen. To see our exploration of the “5 Gears” models’ first two gears, see Part 1: Is Your Leadership In The Right Gear? Part 1. The Remaining Three Gears A Bonus Gear Making the 5 Gears Work For You We need all 5 …