leadership development

4 Key Branches of Emotional Intelligence

Developing emotional intelligence is learning how to respond rather than react and then helping others on your team to do the same. Learning how to respond effectively starts with understanding what we call the Emotional Intelligence Management Tree. The Emotional Intelligence tree is made up of four key branches, each branch growing together to develop strong… read more

5 Keys to Improving Performance

Improving performance isn’t just about bottom-line results. It’s also about improving how we perform as individuals and as a team every day. I think it’s safe to say that, as leaders and managers, our main goal is always to improve our performance. We need to improve the performance of our teams in order to improve… read more

How To Position Yourself As An Extraordinary Leader

Leadership – particularly extraordinary leadership – is a mindset. Think about the truly respected, influential leaders that you look up to. They didn’t become exceptional simply by being promoted to a leadership position. They are recognized as extraordinary leaders because they have a presence, a mindset, a brand that they’ve positioned themselves in, either intentionally… read more

3 Things That Extraordinary Leaders Know to be True

Learn the truths that extraordinary leaders understand in order to become one yourself. Being (and becoming) an extraordinary leader has a lot to do with learned skills, experience, and competence. But it also has a lot to do with mindset and understanding that there are certain truths to business and leadership. The Difference Between Education and… read more

Competence is at the Root of Becoming an Extraordinary Leader

Soft skills are important, but competence is the core of becoming an extraordinary leader. Warren Buffet said, “Look for three things in a person – intelligence, energy, and integrity. If they don’t have the last one, don’t even both with the first two.” Read any leadership book, blog, or editorial and you will find a… read more

Mindset Separates Extraordinary Leaders from Average Leaders

Extraordinary leaders have the mindset to achieve and inspire greatness. What differentiates a leader who has a great possibility for success from one that is simply average is their mindset. Their mindset dictates how they think, what drives their life, the kind of decisions that they make, and the problems that they can solve. Extraordinary… read more

What Makes Team Communication Different From Group Communication?

How the principles of team communication work in your organization can have a great impact on your team’s ability to produce results. There are some very key differences between a team and a work group. One of the simplest differences to spot are in how people communicate with each other. A truly successful team will… read more

4 Keys to a Successful Team Member

In successful teams, each team member will exhibit these four traits. When we talk about the best ways to produce real company success, what is one of the first key components that come to your mind? Your team, right? Perhaps your team looks more like a group of employees than a team (more on that… read more

5 Keys to Making Teamwork Work

Teamwork requires the right mixture of production, cooperation, and celebration to really work. Now that you have a blueprint for team success, how are you going to work with your team to make sure it all works in practice? It’s a fairly simple thing to design your blueprint: write your vision, mission, values, goals, and… read more

The Number 1 Reason Your People Are Afraid Of Change

Mistakes. People fear change because they are afraid they are going to make a mistake and, as a result, get in trouble for it. Humans are creatures of habit and our brains are hardwired to avoid making mistakes. But making mistakes is an inherent part of transition and change. There’s an engineering principle that understands… read more