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." 
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.
"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.
Talent. It's one of the key resources for a successful business. What are the best ways to attract it? How do you provide the right kind of culture to nurture it? How do you avoid losing it to competitors?Talent. It's one of the key resources for a successful business, and yet so few people understand how to manage it effectively.Want to be one of them?
I want to start 2015 by sharing a story of success.Last year Nancy, one of my coaching clients, had her best year ever. How did she do it? It all started when I asked Nancy this question:If you were wildly successful this year, both personally and professionally, what would that look like?
Despite the unemployment statistics there is actually a war for top talent happening now, and it will be even more obvious as the economy improves. It affects a company's succession plans-developing internal people to take over leadership positions as senior leaders transition into other roles or retire.