How the most effective leaders keep calm

One of the questions that recently came up in my Facebook group, High Impact Executives, is about leaders and CEO's who are able to remain calm under pressure. I wrote about the superpower of equanimity here related to my experience as a news anchor - especially during crazy breaking news when we literally threw out the scripts for the newscast and flew by the seat of our pants (talk about adrenaline rush)! At the same time, as an anchor, you Continue Reading

Are you choosing to be visible in your career?

One of my clients recently talked about his need to ‘raise his visibility’ at work. He’s hard-working, has a measure of success in his field, and appears to be well-liked by his team. And yet, he seems to be practically invisible to his supervisor and his supervisor’s boss. I asked him what he makes of that? (Long pause). And he told me that until now, he was “comfortable” being invisible. He didn’t draw attention to himself, did his work, and Continue Reading

Being a Leader When You’re Not in Charge

How many of you aspire to lead - even if you're not in charge? Some of my clients who are working for that next promotion, or being assigned that next big project will ask me "what can I do so that I can move into a position of leaderhip?" There ARE certain behaviors that you can practice so you can be seen as a leader even if you're not the boss. In Karl Albrecht's book, Social Intelligence, he talks about two types of authority - formal Continue Reading

What’s your Social Intelligence?

Have you ever considered your social intelligence? Most of us know about IQ, or intelligence quotient, and some of us are aware of EQ, or emotional intelligence. But what about your social intelligence? I am reading Karl Albrecht's book,  Social Intelligence, The New Science of Success, and am finding it fascinating. He defines SI as '.. the ability to get along well with others and to get them to cooperate with you.' How does that play into your Continue Reading

What are you thinking? Change your mind, change your brain

It started with one of my coaching clients who's worry and nagging background anxiety take a huge toll on her energy, and she's not alone. Did you know that our brains are actually wired for negativity? In the book Buddha's Brain, author Rick Hanson explains that it goes back to caveman days, and the amygdala being triggered in 'flight or fight' mode. No doubt survival is an important trigger, and it usually meant that we were avoiding something Continue Reading