09/2015
Like boats, people create wakes -- swells of good feeling, ripples of irritation, or frothing waves of drama and crisis. These emotional wakes can either spur engagement or thwart it, which is why effective leaders are mindful of the impact they have on those around them.What effect do you have on your team members?
08/2015
Maria walked into the team meeting with a chip on her shoulder.
07/2015
It's summer time, so I'm thinking about retreats. We all need time to step off, step back and take a deep breath. We need time to reflect on where we are both personally and professionally, time to dream and time to plan.Teams also have the same needs, which is why The Professional Development Group offers high-performing team and board retreats.
07/2015
After hearing about Pixar's new animated movie, I knew I had to see it immediately!Inside Out is a film about 5 emotions coming to life: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. (While Pixar identified only 5, there are actually 7 core emotions; Love and Hope don't make an appearance.) Still, it's amazing to see how Pixar's animators turned feelings into characters who vie to control the "Head Quarters" of an 11-year-old girl.
05/2015
From the desk of Melanie Sanchez-Jones: When people learn about my experience, they are usually curious about the 2 years I spent working in Shanghai, China.
05/2015
I am thrilled to welcome a new consultant to The Professional Development Group!
05/2015
Would a surgeon ask her intern to perform surgery without surgical tools? Of course not.Would a banker ask a loan officer to conduct business without calculators and computer databases? Never!Yet in every profession executives ask team leaders to manage others without providing the right tools or training to do so.  
04/2015
"Does emotional intelligence really matter?" Arnold, one of my new coaching clients asked me.This CEO had a bad habit of verbally lashing out at employees, as I had learned from doing a 360 and speaking with several direct reports.  In the past 6 months, 3 star performers left the company claiming they were unable to work with him. Arnold was burning through people like an out-of-control fire in a drought-ridden forest.  His nickname had become "The Terminator." 
04/2015
Shawn Kent Hayashi shares her advice for hiring a speaker who will do more to make your event a success.Panel discussions, book signings and follow up activities are all ways to get more from your event speaker.
03/2015
"I don't understand why I haven't been able to hire competent people who want to stick around," Bob, the CEO of a medical devices company, shared as he vented his frustration about continual turnover in several key roles in his organization.

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