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Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

May 22, 2017

"Emotional intelligence is a powerful tool critical for exceeding goals, improving critical work relationships, and creating a healthy, productive workplace and organizational culture." says Brent Gleeson in his article, "5 Aspects of Emotional Intelligence Required for Effective Leadership.

The very essence of leadership is to lead oneself effectively, which then influences others in a positive and inspiring way. Without the ability to modulate our emotions and understand what we want to achieve at any given moment, it's hard to lead competently.

Posted in Leadership and Business, Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

What Is Empathy and Why Is It Important?

May 15, 2017

Have you ever had one of those days when you just needed someone to talk to, someone to really get how you were feeling? Have you ever felt totally misunderstood by your spouse or a friend? Well, if you have, you were more than likely needing a dose of empathy. 

Posted in Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

March 09, 2017

Gone are the days when intelligence was a test score or a number on the IQ scale. Thanks to modern technology, from brain scans to social media, the idea that intelligence is more multifaceted than book smarts is becoming widespread. Emotional Intelligence might be the closest thing to a buzzword that 21st Century psychology has.

But what is emotional intelligence? While it’s easy to think Emotional Intelligence (or EQ as it’s commonly referred to) is all about mushy feelings, it’s actually an idea born from psychological research and now strengthened by neuroscience. But while IQ is a [...]

Posted in Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

The Stop, Drop, and Roll of Successful Communication

August 02, 2016

Most of us (especially parents) know what to do if our clothes catch fire: STOP, DROP, and ROLL. But do we know what to do if our relationship catches fire?

Our relationship may function smoothly and harmoniously most of the time. But when a conflict does arise, we may find out that we just don’t know how to resolve it. Many times, the problem lies in our lack of communication skills.

We all want to feel heard and understood. If we don’t know how to establish real connection through effective communication in our love relationship, we may find ourselves competing within the relationship [...]

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships, Communication & Interpersonal Skills

How to Give Feedback Effectively

January 06, 2016

Often we hold back from giving feedback to others, even when it’s important to us and to the health of our relationship. Maybe we’re afraid we’ll hurt their feelings even if it's constructive, or we’re afraid of their reaction. Or maybe we think they’ll feel we’re criticizing them. But if we don’t give others feedback, we may hold on to resentment or anger toward them, which can spill over into later communications and even cause distance in our relationship.

Posted in Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

How to Give Effective Feedback to Children

April 23, 2014

One of the biggest misconceptions about creating healthy self-esteem in children is that praise is an important ingredient in building it. But praise can actually deplete self-esteem. Why? Because too much praise causes children to become dependent on what other people think, instead of focusing on what makes them happy and how they feel about themselves and their actions. Praise promotes pleasing others and relying on others for validation.

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect, Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Finding Bliss Everyday

July 03, 2013

When my kids were still in the baby-zone, I left them and my husband for four glorious days in New York City with a couple of close girlfriends. I was worried that I would miss the family, but instead I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment of freedom. Shortly after returning, I met with Jennifer and cried my heart out, mourning the fact that that sense of freedom had come and gone so quickly. I had a whole year to wait until I could do something like that again.

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect, Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Meaningful Mentors

April 19, 2013

I write regularly for a women’s business website, and I often have the opportunity to interview career women who are really making a difference in their workplaces and their communities. In these interviews, we often discuss how they got where they are, what kinds of things factored into their success, and how they balance it all. One factor that almost always comes up is mentors, and the importance of women helping other women.

Posted in Communication & Interpersonal Skills

The Power of Friendship

November 20, 2012

I say it all the time: Thank God for my girl friends.

I feel fortunate to be able to laugh with my husband; we confide in each other, we have fun, we mostly communicate well. Of course it’s not always fun, but I’m not sure that living with anyone is ever fun all the time. I’ll admit I’m not always pleasant in the mornings, especially pre-coffee.

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships, Communication & Interpersonal Skills

No Sense of Hurry

October 15, 2012

This past weekend I was in Lewistown for my son's football game. Prior to the game, we made a quick pit stop at the local truck stop. As I was waiting to use the restroom, a mother and two young girls were coming out. The mother held the door wide open while waiting for her oldest who was meticulously washing her hands. She bombarded her daughter with "Hurry! Hurry!" then turned to me and said: "Kids! They have no sense of hurry!”  Ah, a parenting stress moment; we've all been there.

Posted in Parents: Permission to Be Imperfect, Communication & Interpersonal Skills

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