ABC’s of Team Building – E is for Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence (EI and also known as EQ) is defined as the ability to identify, comprehend, and manage our emotions.   This is challenging for leaders who are trying to ascertain each team member’s emotional intelligence because EQ will affect one’s behaviors which in turn impacts other people on the team. It is usually easier to … Read more

ABC’s of Team Building – C is for Conflict

When dealing with different personalities, genders, backgrounds, etc. there is bound to be conflict within a team.  The issue is that most people do not like to deal with conflict, but it can actually be helpful.  Conflict arises when there are opposing viewpoints or actions between the team members.  It can be something as simple … Read more

Leadership Blog – W is for Win

“Think Win-Win isn’t about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration.” ~ Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People  If you have ever read Stephen Covey’s book, he details the five elements of the win-win agreement. This can be a very effective … Read more

Leadership Blog – U is for Upward

Companies want increased sales and profitability; in essence they want to “move up”.  However, there are times when a leader should deliberately keep the company in a maintenance mode or even retrench.  There may be several reasons to do this but a savvy leader will know that to move a company forward, it may be … Read more

Leadership Blog – O is for Objectivity

Leaders need to be objective but that is a difficult challenge when dealing with all the other demands and deadlines facing them daily.  They may also be experiencing stress or even lack of sleep which affects their ability to think, and more importantly act objectively. The important thing for a leader to recognize is how … Read more

Leadership Blog – J is for Juggle

Needless to say, there are many duties that a leader has to manage which includes overseeing the staff’s activities.  Priorities will shift as things come up but when one is leading an organization there may be too many urgencies and not enough time. Juggling starts to occur but is that the best use of a … Read more

Leadership Blog – I is for Influence

A leader that is influential versus controlling and/or authoritative is much more effective.  By influencing others to achieve an objective, a leader is empowering them which is much more productive and beneficial to an organization in the long run. Influencing others is not easy.  So how to does one do it?  In most cases, trying … Read more

Leadership Blog – F is for Fail Forward

“The essence of man is imperfection.  Know that you’re going to make mistakes.  The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does.  Wake up and realize this: Failure is simply a price we pay to achieve success.” ~John C. Maxwell, author of Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes Into Stepping Stones for … Read more