What Does the Other Person Want?

The ability to persuade is a valuable skill.  It translates into making a huge sale, convincing people to follow your leadership, getting customers to pay bills on time, and assisting in passing legislation that’s important to you.

“The Talk” – We Can Be Better Than This

When I was growing up getting “the talk” meant having a somewhat awkward conversation with your parent about the birds & the bees.  Today having “the talk” means something entirely different and more ominous especially if you are a person of color.

What Have We Learned from All This?

How quickly life can change.  We’re five months into a pandemic that has changed the rhythm of our lives.  As we take time to think first of the health of our families, friends, employees, and communities, we are also learning lessons that will help us navigate future challenges.

What Makes You Afraid?

Everyone is afraid of something: spiders, snakes, rejection, the unknown – the list is endless. We’re all hardwired to feel fear.

Distractions

Our world is full of distractions: kids home from school, vacation plans (or lack of them), coronavirus, summer heat, short tempers, email, social media, bright shiny objects, and now even protests and riots.

Our Precious Cell Phones

Our cell phones have become an essential part of us. We use them incessantly to send and receive messages, check our email, follow the latest tweetstorm, make and track purchases, or simply play a game.  Hardcore users devote up to 12 hours every day to their smartphones. There’s no indication that spending that much time staring at a small screen

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

Do you sometimes react quickly to a situation and later wish you had “thought before you acted”?  Do you find that your emotions control decisions rather than objectively looking at an issue before acting?  As a leader, are you aware how your emotions and the emotions of your team can affect actions and reactions?    Your answers to these questions may

It Is What It Is

A member of our ZOOM meeting this week: “I am so over agonizing about COVID 19.  I’ve got to get on with my life and start running my business again.  I can’t control everything, but I can run my business proactively and stop worrying.  It is what it is.  Time to move on.”

Be the Leader People Deserve

The last eight weeks have been like no other. We are in the midst of a disaster. Some of us are more involved than others and some are being hit harder than others: economically, emotionally, and physically.