Thank you for being inspiring and aspiring leaders! Thank you for sharing your vision, for encouraging people to grow and develop, and for acknowledging the people on your team who make a contribution. Thank you for expressing gratitude to others in ways that help them to connect the dots about what is important in your organization.
From the desk of Melanie Sanchez-Jones: What's the biggest anxiety for any high performing team?
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?
Maria walked into the team meeting with a chip on her shoulder.
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.
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.
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.
I am thrilled to welcome a new consultant to The Professional Development Group!
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.  
"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."