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emotional intelligence

Emotional Intelligence Begins With “I”

In our decades of experience working with leaders, we have observed that a core characteristic of great leaders is their highly-tuned sense of self-awareness. A leader who is self-aware plays to his or her strengths and is not blindsided by his or her limitations. In the emotional realm, self-awareness is one of the building blocks… Continue reading Emotional Intelligence Begins With “I”

emotional intelligence

It Takes Courage to Live into Your Core Values

The quarterly leadership team meeting had started like any other. I (Rip) was facilitating, and had opened the floor so that the team members could share good news, either personal or professional, to help them connect with one another. When we got to the newest member of the leadership team, however, things took an unexpected… Continue reading It Takes Courage to Live into Your Core Values

collaborative leader

Walking the Talk about Becoming a Collaborative Leader

John C. Maxwell, the prominent leadership speaker and author, said famously, “Your talk talks and your walk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.” Today, we want to shine the spotlight on one place in business where this truth can result in severe losses: namely, when a “benevolent dictator” talks about becoming… Continue reading Walking the Talk about Becoming a Collaborative Leader

Helping Each Other: High-Performing Teams Actively Lend a Hand

One of the messages we deliver in many client meetings is, “Look around the table. Ask yourself, ‘What can I do to help everyone else at this table be a superstar?’” Too often in corporate culture, we focus exclusively on our job, our role, our responsibilities. We never pick our head up to see what… Continue reading Helping Each Other: High-Performing Teams Actively Lend a Hand

Priorities: High-performing Teams Know What Comes First

If your team has twenty or thirty items on its “to do” list, we have one word of advice for you: don’t. Don’t scramble to try to get everything done at once. That is a surefire recipe for increased stress, wasted energy, and missed goals. High-performing teams recognize that to go fast, they have to… Continue reading Priorities: High-performing Teams Know What Comes First

Understanding Roles: Clarity Is Key for High-Performing Teams

High-performing teams all have this in common: everyone understands each team member’s role. It is so easy to say … and so hard to do. We have found in our work that teams are frequently plagued with problems when it comes to knowing who is supposed to do what. Roles on the team may be… Continue reading Understanding Roles: Clarity Is Key for High-Performing Teams