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3 Major Benefits to Online Training

Humans crave community, and there is no denying the value of in-person, human connection. Body language, tone, and energy are all significant contributors to healthy communication. In fact, it is believed humans have the ability to exhibit over seven million body language signals, a quarter of a million facial expressions, five thousand different hand gestures, and over one thousand different postures.1 That’s a lot of physical communication! Through recent technological advances, we...

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Become the leader people love to follow.

The secret to being a good leader is having a high EQ.

Great leaders inspire us to reach our potential and realize the vision or goals at hand. They do it by fostering cultures where feelings associated with safety, wellness, hope and performance are present and minimizing situations that bring feelings of hopelessness and overwhelm.

None of this happens by accident.

The best leaders have a high EQ (also known as Emotional Quotient, or emotional intelligence). They are aware of...

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You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: The Power of Neuroplasticity

Accordingly to McKinsey, only 30% of corporate change initiatives are successful. The other 70% fail.[1] Why? Because humans are naturally resistant to change. Changing the way we think or behave requires energy, and our brains conserve energy for tasks we perceive to be more urgent or rewarding. So unless a change initiative is borne out of a strong desire to address a threat or reward, our brain’s motivation to do the work needed to achieve sustainable change is minimal.

But that...

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How to Build a Team of Intrapreneurs

Uncategorized Mar 24, 2021

Have you ever found yourself asking, "What would I do if this were my business?" You might be an intrapreneur, and that's a good thing. Organizations benefit when employees think like business owners, rather than with an employee mindset. Thinking and acting like an owner is an important catalyst for engagement and innovation.

According to a recent Gallup survey, only 15% of employees are engaged at work globally.[1] More than just a well-being aspect of a workplace, employee engagement...

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5 Tips For Seasonal Self Care

Winter is here, and that means long nights, less sunlight and disturbed sleeping patterns. Combined with additional social limitations due to COVID-19, that can add up to problems with focusing and seasonal blues.

Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to combat the effects of winter and regain control of your mind. Here are 5 tips for seasonal self-care.

Tip 1: Exercise more.

Shown to be effective in the fight against non-seasonal depression, exercise is now proving itself useful as...

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How to Show up Strong in a Digital World

In Dale Carnegie’s day (How to Win Friends and Influence People), friends were earned with a firm handshake and a warm smile. The idea that winning friends today has been reduced to an “accept” or “like” button is concerning. And with pandemic cases and physical-distancing measures on the rise, handshakes are a long way from re-entering the mainstream.

What is the current ratio of your face-to-face vs. digital interactions? For many people, emails, texts, tweets...

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The Power of Courage

Leaders need the courage to show up, step in, and stand up for a cause or a vision. They need courage to look ahead and see what’s coming, even if it’s difficult. They need courage to advocate for a change in direction when necessary. And most of all, leaders need the courage to take risks—to take a chance on options that others may not have had the courage to do. This kind of courage is what sets great leaders apart from mediocre leaders.

You might think that courage is...

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How comfortable are you with silence?

Silence really is golden, but most of us will do anything to avoid it.

What is your silence threshold: a few seconds, a minute, a few minutes? Personally speaking, becoming comfortable with silence has been a journey. As a strong advocate of the effectiveness of the coach approach to leadership, I have worked hard to manage my natural tendency to try to problem-solve for others and “rescue” them from their silence. The fact is, silence is a powerful precursor for...

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6 Powerful Benefits of Leading With Questions

Ask Vs Tell

The coach approach to leadership is based on the premise that asking questions is significantly more effective than telling others what you think they should do. It is a powerful approach with more than one benefit.

Here are 6 powerful benefits of leading with questions:

  1. It stimulates thinking and new ideas
  2. It supports discussion and transparency
  3. It fosters accountability
  4. It inspires action
  5. It builds relationships and trust
  6. It builds confidence

Think about this: What are your...

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When Your Best People Go Silent: The Freeze Response 🧊

leadership trust Sep 22, 2020

As a leader, one of your most important tasks is to build a culture of trust within your team and organization. Because if you don’t, leading in the absence of trust will be like trying to push a massive boulder up a hill. When there is distrust within teams, it can unravel all of the hard work you’ve done. Even worse, some of the problematic behaviors that result can multiply one person’s distrust into an unhealthy, untrusting environment for all.

Distrust is harder to...

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