The Business Technique That Can Boost a Mompreneur’s Success and Sales

June 12, 2018

“You’re a tour guide on the process, not trying to pull a cat on a leash.” I laughed out loud when sales coach and author Kim Orlesky said that to me.

Orlesky was talking about closing a sale in the business world, but she just as easily could have been talking about being a mom. Being a mother and an entrepreneur are not dissimilar, it turns out.

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Making Mindfulness Practical in Business

June 05, 2018

The concept and practice of mindfulness is becoming all the rage. Our fast-paced, high-tech lives have left many of us too stressed out to be happy. And it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find meaning and purpose in what we do, something becoming increasingly important for future generations.

Mindfulness can be summed up as “present moment awareness.” It’s the practice of being in the “here and now.” Most people practice mindfulness with meditation or another mindful sitting so that they can focus on their breath, observe their thoughts, and emotions and gain perspective on [...]

Posted in Leadership and Business, Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

Why Self-Care Matters for Both Employers and Employees

May 01, 2018
Today, as I was reading a professional company manual, I came across this instruction: “Take time to care to your own self needs. Adequate rest, hydration, nutrition and sleep are vital to your success, as well of that as your clients and your organization. If you have a need that is not being met, excuse yourself to tend to it or talk to your supervisor.” 

This was not advice. This was instruction. “Take care” was right there on page 5, just after the table of contents and mission statement.

Now...this was a manual for practitioners of Thai Yoga Massage. After years in the corporate world [...]

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Employee Attrition: Why Companies Are Losing Dedicated and Talented Employees

April 05, 2018

We’ve all seen it happen: A worker is excelling on the job. Her skill set is an ideal match, she understands and excels at her tasks; she takes initiative, actively furthers company goals, and genuinely seems interested in the work. Then she leaves. Everything seemed like a wonderful fit, and at the same time, no one feels they can fault her for wanting to explore her potential elsewhere.

As an employer, employee attrition is a hard—and often discouraging—situation to watch happening inside your company. Whether you run an industry office, cutting-edge software company or a startup, hiring [...]

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How to Be an Authentic Leader

February 22, 2018

“Great things in business are never done by one person.”

In 2003—the year Apple launched the iTunes music store—Steve Jobs went on 60 Minutes and explained his view of leadership.

Again and again throughout the history of effective leaders, a similar sentiment is echoed: to be an authentic leader is not to lead the most people, wield the most power, or even achieve the most outcomes. To be an authentic leader lies deeper than those surface measures, in character and emotional intelligence.

Posted in Leadership and Business, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Why Companies Fail without Leaders with Emotional Intelligence

January 18, 2018

Leadership requires much more than business smarts. Poor decision-making, breakdowns in communication, knee-jerk reactions to employees, taking credit for another's work or a lack of engagement are a few examples that can be problematic. These behaviors can act as a disease in business and undo even the most prominent companies. What is becoming more and more corroborated is that a leader's success depends not on a business degree but much more heavily on their ability to get along with people, to lead and inspire people. 

Posted in Leadership and Business, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

How to Cultivate Healthy Collaboration and Team

December 13, 2017

Nothing is more exciting and empowering than working on a project or playing on a dynamic team—until it’s not. An energetic brainstorming can go completely awry by a subtle putdown. A co-worker makes a critical comment about a blog posted on the company newsletter. Someone makes a disparaging remark about another person's work. Most everyone has experienced something like this, right?

Posted in Leadership and Business, Communication & Interpersonal Skills

"Look What You Made Me Do!"

October 21, 2017

“Look what you made me do.”

Even if you haven’t said those words, you probably know the feeling. Your friend startles you and you drop something fragile. Your co-worker procrastinates and you miss a deadline. Your spouse does something infuriating and you get frustrated or angry. How do we escape the blame game?

I recently found myself in a situation that I hope never to repeat; the kind that makes your stomach turn and the spot between your lungs feel tight. After moving to a new city and starting a new job, I dove headfirst into my role; I volunteered for more responsibility, took on [...]

Posted in Leadership and Business, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Do People Pleasers Make the Best Employees?

August 29, 2017

A couple of years ago, I lectured to a group of business owners on employee engagement. A gentleman gave lavish praise for one employee in particular. In the same breath, he also lamented how difficult it would be to find a replacement to fill her shoes. The business owner had many reasons for his fondness: "She stayed late whenever asked to get projects done and with amazing accuracy." "She always volunteered to go the extra mile!" "She was super productive!" "She was the first to come to work and the last to leave." "And the best part, she was very popular in the office because she went [...]

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How to Make Employee Evaluations More Effective and Meaningful

July 06, 2017

Evaluating employees is a workplace standard that has been used for decades. At this point, it’s routine. Business is changing, though—just look at the prevalence of startups, unconventional office spaces, even workplace yoga.

Mindfulness is one of the fastest-growing interests in the business sphere. Now it is changing employee evaluations and feedback, too. When that inevitable, and admittedly awkward, time of year comes around for discussing employees' effectiveness with them, mindfulness is creating a new outlook for workers and managers alike.

Posted in Leadership and Business, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

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