5 Nov 2019

How to Know If You’re Self-Aware

by Virginia| Nov 5, 2019
When I meet a leader for the first time to discuss coaching, I often hear these words “I’m a very self-aware person.” To my ears, that’s an indication that they are actually quite the opposite. To be self-aware means knowing how you come across to others. When we hear someone say they are very self-aware, we hear it as a lack of humility. This means that if you have said those words, you don’t understand how you come across to others, and by definition can’t be very self-aware. So how do you know if you're self-aware? Take our free assessment and find out.
29 Oct 2018

Mindfully Responding to Strong Emotions

by Jonathan| Oct 29, 2018
Emotional self-regulation is a key component of emotional intelligence, which Dan Goleman’s research shows is highly correlated to effective leadership. Many executives know this – but our behavioral style can often make this difficult regardless. I have many coaching clients who are emerging leaders in their organizations and who have directive, dominant, action-oriented personalities. For these clients with “get it done” behavioral styles, anger is easily provoked whenever they feel impeded in some way by colleagues. I often work with them to help them develop a strategy for managing this anger – and thereby inviting greater followership within their organizations in the process.
29 Oct 2018

How You Show Up Impacts How You Lead

by Virginia| Oct 29, 2018
We’ve all heard the saying “You could cut the tension in the room with a knife”. But what’s really going on when we sense an emotion like tension? Are we actually able to influence others with our emotions? Can you train your nervous system to be calm in the face of chaos? What does this have to do with leadership?
29 Oct 2018

Developing Resilience: 5 Strategies for Type A Personalities

by Jonathan| Oct 29, 2018
A number of my clients are what might be described as ‘Type A’ personalities. They are restless high achievers, drivers of projects, relentless seekers of deep and long-lasting business impact. They have a direct, results-oriented style and hold themselves to very high standards. In the right role and right organization, this personality type can serve them well – as long as they continue to achieve and don’t drive over colleagues. However, they can severely struggle with resilience once they encounter failure or extreme stress – as I was reminded of recently.

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