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Today’s Quote

Soul Gatherings

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Hide not your talents,
they for use were made.
What’s a sun-dial in the shade?

~ Benjamin Franklin ~
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Research: The importance of emotional intelligence for organisational success

It’s been interesting watching the Twitter feed of the CIPD Future of Work conference today. In particular, the message that the ability to build and maintain relationships will be an even bigger commodity. (Note: check out the hashtag #CIPDFoW17)

Yet…

I still come across managers and leaders who see emotional intelligence as ‘soft and fluffy stuff’.

Yes. Even in 2017.

This, despite there being a wealth of literature on the value of emotional intelligence (EI), both in helping individuals thrive and organisations perform well.

Emotionally intelligent people tend to have higher levels of resilience. They are able to manage their emotions, meaning they can weather shocks in the work place more effectively than less emotionally intelligent people.

Emotionally intelligent people also tend to have better workplace relationships – up, down and across an organisation. This makes them a valuable asset for projects and programmes requiring collaboration.

In short, the more emotionally…

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How to prioritise effectively (get the right things done and become a better manager)

One of the issues that many of my coaching clients bring up time and time again is not having enough time.

In terms of leadership and management, not only does poor time management and inability to prioritise impact your career, it also sets a poor example to your team.

When I work with teams on helping them improve performance, one of the main things I see get in the way is the manager’s inability to plan and prioritise effectively.

Here are some of the common symptoms of poor prioritising and time management:

  • Cancelling one-to-one’s with staff
  • Missing a report deadline
  • Catching up on emails in the wee small hours or at weekends
  • Losing temper at the smallest thing
  • Not being approachable, your staff walking on eggshells
  • Running to catch up – always turning up to meetings late
  • Working long hours in order to try and get everything done (but still not…

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3 essential things you need to help you ace a difficult conversation

I work with a lot of managers who want advice and support around having a difficult conversation.

In this post, I’ll share with you the really simple formula that I share with my management clients. This is guaranteed to minimise any fear you might have and ultimately, help you ace the conversation.

The formula:

Right Mindset + Right Place + Right Time = A Respectful + Honest Conversation (Not a Confrontation)

MINDSET…

…is about ensuring you are calm and collected. I always advise managers to block time out immediately before and after a difficult conversation. There is nothing worse than having back-to-back meetings, with no space to collect your thoughts.

All it takes is the previous meeting to be a nightmare and you’re guaranteed to walk in to the difficult conversation hot, bothered and in all likelihood giving the other person an ear bashing.

This is how things escalate.

So, do yourself and…

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energy in motion…

Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

Every intention sets energy into motion, whether you are conscious of it or not…

~ Gary Zukav

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What If You Are a Jerk But Don’t Know It?

It seems impossible, but you could actually be a jerk. You may think you are a perfectly normal, fun-loving person that other people just love to be around, but you could be dead wrong and not even realize it. People might have low respect for you because of any number of bad habits or insensitive things you do or say.

Let’s have a little fun with this analysis and see where it leads. Let’s suppose there is a great bell-shaped curve in the sky that shows the distribution of official jerks. The center of the bell shaped curve is neither a jerk nor a wonderful person. To the left of the center are increasing levels of jerkiness. Individuals far to the left of the mean would be categorized by most people as jerks. The rest of the population are not necessarily jerks, and the ones to the right of the…

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What If You Are a Jerk But Don’t Know It?

It seems impossible, but you could actually be a jerk. You may think you are a perfectly normal, fun-loving person that other people just love to be around, but you could be dead wrong and not even realize it. People might have low respect for you because of any number of bad habits or insensitive things you do or say.

Let’s have a little fun with this analysis and see where it leads. Let’s suppose there is a great bell-shaped curve in the sky that shows the distribution of official jerks. The center of the bell shaped curve is neither a jerk nor a wonderful person. To the left of the center are increasing levels of jerkiness. Individuals far to the left of the mean would be categorized by most people as jerks. The rest of the population are not necessarily jerks, and the ones to the right of the…

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