Good Communication Is Vital for a Successful Business

June 13, 2019

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ~George Bernard Shaw

Do you find yourself having to repeat a little too often “Remember, we discussed that in our meeting. . .”? Or someone's memory of an interaction is totally different from yours. If so, poor communication could be the culprit. Effective communication is a two-way street, not a cul-de-sac. It’s about connecting. Talking with someone is different from talking at someone. There are many people, especially executives, who feel they communicate clearly but then get frustrated by having to [...]

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Useful Lessons in Leadership from the Popular Game of Thrones

June 06, 2019

WARNING: Spoilers ahead. If you haven’t finished Game of Thrones, proceed with caution.

“When you play the game of thrones, you win, or you die” ~Cersei Lannister

With the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones finally over, what have we learned? That fans don’t like it when you outpace the books and fundamentally shift narrative styles? Absolutely. But more importantly, we’ve learned vital lessons about what it means to be a leader and the importance of emotional intelligence.

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Is Your Business Robbing You of Work-Life Balance?

January 29, 2019

Do you ever feel like your business is running you instead of the other way around? Have you ever wondered how to find balance between work and home? Do you find yourself swinging between burned-out and completely energized and passionate?

One of the things I’ve heard from many business owners over the years is their desire for work/life balance and their search for the secret to achieving balance once and for all. However, balance doesn’t come from outside us.

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The Business Strategy of Saying “No”

December 17, 2018

One of the greatest challenges of business is knowing when not to follow an idea. A mistake many business owners make—even large companies—is trying to do too much at one time.

When was the last time as a business owner or executive, you were able to follow an initiative through to its completion without at least a few of the following challenges?
  • new ventures devouring too much time and money initiatives and projects screaming for attention a million little things taking you off track pet projects that you clung to for far too long
  • too many great ideas competing for funds
  • going too many [...]

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Why Emotional Intelligence Is Crucial in Business Today

August 16, 2018

Whether you consider yourself an entrepreneur, a business owner, or a CEO, there are few things more valuable in business than emotional intelligence. What might come to mind are emotions and empathy but what many people often don't realize is that emotional intelligence (also called EQ) includes scores of competencies: problem-solving, conflict resolution, forecast thinking, resiliency, visionary leadership, prioritizing, and the ability to respond instead of reacting, to name only a few.

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Is It Better to Feel or Flee Emotions?

August 02, 2018

From the time we are children, we are taught appropriate emotional responses. Depending on how you were reared, you may have been taught to suppress “negative or bad” emotions and hide these away. For instance, boys are often taught they should not cry in front of others, as this is a sign of weakness, while girls are taught that it’s okay to cry anywhere they want, yet, if they get angry, they should suppress this inappropriate emotion.

On the other hand, concerning good emotions, we are taught to embrace these and experience them to the fullest. Happiness, joy, and pleasure are all types [...]

Posted in Business and Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Self-Compassion

Generational Differences in the Workplace

July 17, 2018

Differences of all types are a touchy and fiercely relevant topic right now. Amidst the hubbub and debates, the discussions of sexism, racism and ageism—people still have to work. And it’s in the workplace that most people encounter people different than themselves.

Age in the workplace is one decisive topic. Whether you have a traditional 9-to-5 job or own your own tech firm, you will almost inevitably end up working for, managing, collaborating or communicating with someone of a vastly different age than yourself.

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The Business Technique to Boost Mompreneurs' 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 Business and Leadership, 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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