At some point in your life, you are going to be asked to make a speech, conduct a meeting or make a presentation and as much as you prep and plan - getting in front of a group of people can be a daunting task.
Trust your intuition." These three little words have captivated me for as long as I can recall. I can't remember the exact time I heard this phrase but it surely has stuck around over the years. What began as an initial interest and curiosity has blossomed into a professional passion and skill I am always looking to hone as a coach.
I have spent the past fifteen plus years of my career developing leaders around the world and the past four as a proud "dad" and father so every now and again when I read something that immediately stops me in my tracks professionally and makes think about things personally I always take note.
Whether you work in an open space office environment or sit at a desk enclosed by the timeless (and design-less) grey and beige cubicle walls - one similarity exists...you work along side other people.
Thinking things through can be a great thing of course. But being an over-thinker can result in stagnation, frustration, exhaustion, anxiety and even illness. Ultimately becoming someone who self-sabotages the good things that happen in life.
Have you ever looked at some of the most successful leaders and CEO's around the world and asked yourself just how are these people able to achieve their goals and possess what appears to be from the outside - a sense of calm and ease?
Let's face it, the concept of emotional intelligence has become not just a popular topic in the field of psychological research as it pertains to leadership development and the way in which todays workforce interacts but also a critical component for ones physical and mental wellbeing.
One of the most popular and frequently overused phrases around time management is ‘Work smarter not harder’. The reality is that we all have the same 24 hours in the day and the truth is, it's your relationship to those 24 hours that will dictate the level and list of your daily accomplishments especially in the workplace.
There is no denying the power, prowess and presence that Bruce Lee bestowed upon the millions of fans and followers during his short time on this planet. He was a Hollywood superstar and martial artist extraordinaire. He was also a notable philosopher whose untimely and tragic death brought his life's work to light for world to read, understand and hopefully apply.
Life is not always easy, fair or a walk in the park as someone once noted. The reality is that life is filled with numerous challenges as well as opportunities for growth and possibility. So how can you level the playing field and create more ease, fairness and turn that walk in the park one you will look forward to?
I am often asked about my coaching practice – specifically around how I have managed to build, grow and scale my coaching practice over the past 15 years. Many coaches (including myself) have struggled at one time or another on how to attract new clients, retain existing ones and earn the income they want while figuring out who they are as a coach and who their target audience will be.
How can one determine if an individual has what it takes to be a leader? There are a myriad of diagnostic tests, profiles, evaluations, and assessments that offer insights into leadership ability, or a lack thereof.
Lets face it, we all know or have worked with someone - who at some point in time was..shall we say less then accountable or productive. It may have been at work or possibly in your personal life.
I want to preface that this article will not be touching on the industry itself, what makes an excellent coach, who can actually call themselves coaches or the effectiveness of working with a coach.
It could lead you to engage with someone whose only goal is to start a conflict. When someone baits you into an unwinnable verbal duel, it's probably because it affords them some type of gratification of acting out their argumentative predilections.