Remember how much fun it was to measure your own growth as a child? My father designated a family growth chart next to a bookshelf. I loved watching my son make his own black line on the wall, complete with name, date, and height. He was thrilled to see that yes, he was in fact growing-- some years at an astonishing rate!It's useful to measure what matters to us and to delight in how we are changing for the better.
Shawn Kent Hayashi quoted in Fast Company article “How to Say What You Really Mean In Conversations.”
Kristy Tan Neckowicz's View From the Top: An organization or business unit goes through a predictable set of challenges as it grows through the 7 Stages of Growth, according to James Fischer's extensive research.
Shiny red hearts are already showing up everywhere. Valentine's Day and its bold focus on emotion reminds us to reflect on what causes us to feel love and joy and make our heart beat faster.Most of my readers already know that when it comes to developing and leading successful teams, EQ (emotional intelligence quotient) matters just as much as IQ. A genius can create a brilliant product, but if she can't connect with people, she won't be able to lead the company that produces it.
Do you ever deal with someone who seems stuck? Perhaps stuck in the past way of doing things? Or maybe stuck in a resentful story? Do you know what to do to engage the person to get unstuck and improve his or her performance?
Curious about your workplace strengths and blind spots, but don't have time to wade through books on leadership or to take professional development seminars? Let me make it simple for you.Research shows there are 5 competencies required for professional and leadership roles - you could call these "the price of admission" as you need them in place before you accept a leadership role. These professional competencies are listed below.
It makes sense that the season of abundant harvest is followed by the season of giving.
Recently, my mother had to undergo open heart surgery and she asked me if I would remain with her in the ICU. Of course I said yes. Soon after I realized that I had questions about the best way to be present to my mother in this situation.Since I myself had little experience with hospitals, I reached out to a friend who had dealt with several medical emergencies in her family. “What do I need to know?” I asked. “Do you have any advice for me?”
The holiday season is now in full swing, which has me thinking about lists and gifts. When considering gift ideas for friends and family members or suggestions for yourself, think outside the box--literally.What do you really want to give? Power tools or tools for building powerful relationships? A smarter phone or a smarter approach to business success?