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Mindful Leadership – Are you paying attention?

As Cheshire Cat said to Alice, “If you don’t know where you’re going, then any road will take you there.” The road to effective personal and organizational leadership success is largely based on the ability to direct attention—to learn, change, and achieve goals.

Unfortunately, research suggests that the ability to pay attention is on the decline. A study by Microsoft (May 2015) shows that human attention spans are now lower than those of goldfish, falling to 8...

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Leading with Heart & Backbone: How Balanced is Your Leadership?

Although seemingly opposite, heart and backbone are necessary counterparts for effective and meaningful leadership. When we lead with our heart, we leverage emotional connections to inspire our teams. When we lead with our backbone, we competently handle difficult situations, and share accountability and responsibility to earn respect and loyalty. When we harmonize these approaches, we win the hearts and minds of those we lead, ensuring their commitment to achieving our vision and objectives....

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You can teach an old dog new tricks – Neuroplasticity

change-agility focus growth Oct 04, 2019

Accordingly to McKinsey Quarterly, only 30% of change initiatives are successful.Why? Because of human resistance to change. Changing the way we think or behave takes focused attention which requires increased brain energy, which is easily forgone for routine and what is known.

Neuroscience has proven that the old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, isn’t true. It is possible to change the way we think and respond as scientists have proven that the brain is...

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Deal with It, or Park It

If you’re experiencing a setback that inflates your stress, anger or anxiety and you can’t move past it, it’s probably worth dealing with. My philosophy is simple. Deal with it, or park it. If you aren’t willing to deal with it (on your own, or with support), park it and move on. The repercussions of packing around distressing emotions are significant in terms of personal and workplace relationships. It all boils down to emotional intelligence: the source of all good...

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How comfortable are you with silence?

coaching silence Aug 28, 2019

What is your silence threshold? A few seconds, a minute, a few minutes? Personally speaking, becoming comfortable with silence has been a journey, one on which I have come a long way; yet, I still have much to discover. As a strong advocate of the effectiveness of the coach approach to leadership, I have been working hard to manage my natural tendency to try to problem-solve for others and ‘rescue’ people from the seeming awkwardness of their silence. I now recognize silence...

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Relatedness: The Key to Employee Engagement

Do you want to engage others and increase their commitment to your organization? Let’s look at a key factor in how the social brain works.

The need for people to experience a sense of belonging and attachment to other people is the essence of the social brain theory, the idea that animals in complex social groups have evolved larger brains. Current neuroscience research shows that our brains are wired to be social and that a feeling of being connected to others is essential to our...

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An Introvert’s Amygdala Hijack

brain emotion regulation Jul 03, 2019

A portion of the brain called the amygdala plays a key role in the processing of emotions. An amygdala hijack happens as a result of the emotional brain being hijacked before the thinking brain has a chance to contribute logic to the situation at hand.

We have likely all experienced or witnessed an amygdala hijack of someone with an extroverted personality. Speaking from experience as someone who speaks to think (extrovert), if my amygdala gets hijacked, my emotional response is usually...

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"A life looking into your phone is not a life," Michelle Obama

"A life looking into your phone is not a life," said Michelle Obama when she visited Vancouver this year. That statement resonated with me and comes to mind when I find myself scanning social feeds.

Unfortunately, technology is triggering the addictive centers of our brains and causing this animation to be truer than I would like.

#putphonedown

#screensaretimesuckers

#bepresent

#realtimeconnections

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What gets in the way of collaboration?

Working in collaboration with others is not an easy terrain to navigate because “the social world is the source of tremendous conflict, and many people never master its seemingly chaotic rules” (Rock, 2009).

While it’s increasingly important for us to collaborate, and there are social benefits for participants, people’s natural inclination is to not socialize outside of their group, and are hard-wired to evaluate others to be potential friend or foe. Unfortunately, the...

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Poker Face

coaching trust May 15, 2019

‘Playing your cards close to your chest’ is a metaphor used to describe a situation in which someone is being cautious about what they reveal to others. On the contrary, ‘showing your hand’ is a figure of speech to describe someone who reveals their intentions. Do the people you lead and coach trust you enough to share their goals, challenges, and plans? The prerequisite for leading and coaching is a trusting relationship. Without trust, people are unlikely to open up...

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