How to Successfully Navigate Holiday Family Dynamics

Holiday family dynamics can be very interesting and often trigger an emotional response within people and negative expectations (this may have already occurred at your Thanksgiving gathering!). Couple that with the stress of the holidays and we can get a potentially toxic brew of tension.  What can you do about it? You do not need to dread this holiday season or the time you will spend with family; self-mastery is just a few steps away.

Many of us would like to be more aware of our emotional intelligence and how we use it every day. What is emotional intelligence?  It is an awareness of our emotions, the emotions of others and using that awareness to manage ourselves and our relationships with others. The thoughts we have about ourselves, our lives and others can drive our emotions which impacts our behavior. You can enhance your (more…)

Are You Successfully Navigating Interpersonal Rabbit Holes?

How often do you experience behavior in someone else that you cannot understand?  What do you typically do to make sense of that behavior? Part of the human condition is to jump to conclusions based on assumptions about people and that is like diving down a rabbit hole. When that happens, we plunge into murkiness, unclear of where we are heading only to run into a dead end or an alternative reality. As defined by Oxford, “an assumption is a thing that is accepted as true, or certain to happen, without proof.”  These assumptions are often negative as are the attributions ascribed to people regarding their actions and behavior. When we come to believe these assumptions and attributions (more…)

How Is Your Reliance on Technology Impacting Your Results?

Few can dispute the influence technology has had and continues to have to improve our lives and our businesses. Who would have ever thought these changes would occur with such lightning speed. The funny thing about change is that it is sometimes hard to anticipate the additional adjustments we may need to make to fully capitalize on the benefits of technological advancements. How are you responding to those additional adjustments and are you getting the results you desire?

Technique

If you have been around for any length of time you have probably noticed the influence technology is having on our ability to communicate. (more…)

How You Can Get More Profitable Results As A Leader

Most aspects of our lives require us to interface with people.  Our ability to manage these interactions effectively and productively is critical to the results we get as individuals and organizations.  This ability is reflective of our leadership and versatility.  Versatility is defined as embracing a variety of skills and refers to our adaptability.  Versatility leads to more (more…)