What Should You Be Doing to Increase Your Staff’s Emotional Intelligence?

Anger Management seems to be moving beyond the grin and a wink response. You hear the call for anger management classes for all types of individuals. There are the police officers, teachers, actors, parents, children, bullies, husbands, wives, doctors, nurses and the list continues. You read about anger management in the papers or online and hear it on the news. There is another group that must be added to the list. I am talking about employees and supervisors in every office in every ... Read More

Sticks and Stones, Part 1

We’ve always been taught that it isn’t nice to pick on one another, but we all do it anyway. One of the most common things people pick at is, arguably, appearance. Some people blame human nature, others blame our culture. Either way, it is intrusive and more importantly it’s hurtful. Regardless of how confident a person is or pretends to be. We’ve all experienced it at least once. You’re going about your business and someone makes a comment about your appearance. Whether it’s the way you ... Read More

BITE ME

Lessons from Spiderman and Frankl “The struggle for existence is a struggle for something; it is purposeful and only in so being is it meaningful and able to bring meaning into life.” - Viktor Frankl Nothing says “good morning” quite like discovering that the steering wheel, headrests and even the contents of my truck’s cab were covered and connected by hundreds of crisscrossed spiderwebs, glistening in the sunlight like a time-lapse aerial shot of flight traffic over a major ... Read More

Stop Trying and Start Having

"You're faster than this... Stop 'trying' to hit me and HIT me!" - Morpheus, The Matrix (1999) If you've been 'trying' to get a job, solve a problem or work on a relationship with little or no success, perhaps consider that the problem is that you are 'trying' and not 'doing.' Congratulations. You have succeeded in 'trying.' You're a great 'tryer!' Now, if you actually WANT to HAVE a job, WANT to SOLVE a problem or WANT to BE part of a great relationship, stop TRYING and start HAVING! Go get ... Read More

Why Resist Change? (& 3 Easy Methods for Handling It)

Change isn't easy, and people will give you a hundred different reasons for why they would prefer not to change. They don't know what could happen. They're scared of the outcome. They like the way things are now. They don't have enough time, money, or sanity. They're comfortable. But, in order to become better, stronger, and more effective people...we have to change. Here are 5 methods to help you through this process: 1. Figure out why you're scared of the change. Get out a notebook and ... Read More

Movie Message: Living By Words Part II

“It is curious - curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare." -Mark Twain (1835-1910) What words do you live by? Switching gears to real-life heroes, let's talk about how Harvard's MBA class of 2009 applied the same principle and, in so doing, changed the world's financial system. Discouraged by the carelessness and lack of respect that many MBA's and financial managers had shown the people of the world, this league of graduate students did what ... Read More

Movie Message: Living By Words

"What if we had a code of conduct, the management equivalent of the Hippocratic oath?  What if we actually lived up to our billing and became leaders who don’t just make a difference in the world, but make a differencefor the world?" - Max Anderson, Cambridge, May 2009 What could a fictional character from a high-energy action movie possibly have in common with Harvard Business School graduate students?   Both have decided to live by words.   In the movie The Transporter (2003), we ... Read More

3 Steps to Getting Power From Quotes

"Man lives not by bread only, but by words." - Tiger Todd Quotes are everywhere. They can console us. They can inspire us. And they can even motivate us. But most of the time they just sit there and do nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Just more advice from old people or dead people. Super. So what's the point? I want more. In fact, I expect more. I don't need some stinkin' quote that was spoken or written by someone who has been dead for a century-or-more to just sit there and do nothing! If ... Read More

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