Watching an orchestra rehearse and a conductor interact with the ensemble, manage and lead, provides a powerful analogy of leadership skills and behaviors. This analogy has been mentioned in various articles on leadership. In addition, it’s even been used in an executive education course case study offered by such prestigious schools as Harvard in Boston and [...]
You are motivated and hardworking but sometimes in some situations, something is off, or you feel off. It’s not that you don’t know what to do, you do know what to do, but somehow, you’re just not able to pull yourself together to do what you need to do, to do what you know [...]
If you’re a Strategic Account Manager (SAM) or a Key Account Manager (KAM) your role requires an elaborate variety of skills. From technical expertise, analytical and strategic thinking to communication, management, leadership and negotiation skills. It is a highly complex job. Strategic Account Manager – A Complex Job Successful SAMs or KAMs understand how to [...]
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters Epictetus Ancient wisdom taught us that it is not the circumstances or events in our life that matter, but the meaning we give to them and how we decide to respond to them. Epictetus was a Greek philosopher who lived [...]
Holidays bring up lots of emotions. It’s this time of the year to celebrate and spend time with family and friends and it makes me wonder how to manage this emotional intensity and get the best out of it. First there’s the anticipation, which can cause excitement or dread. When my children were young and [...]
Keep in mind that happiness is mostly dependent on our state of mind, not on our status or the state of our bank account. Barring extreme circumstances, our level of well being is determined by what we choose to focus on and by our interpretation of external events. For example, do we focus on the empty part or the full part of the glass? Do we view failures as catastrophic, or do we see them as learning opportunities?
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Social and emotional skills are critical for leadership. The best leaders are able to be both task focused and people focused. They get things done while connecting with others and building strong relationships. “Many companies have long overlooked the importance of social skills in leadership, often to great detriment. Simply put, without robust social skills [...]
You’ve read a book on emotional intelligence or you’ve attended a workshop and you liked it. You realize that these competencies and skills can help you move forward in your career, be a more effective leader, make better decisions and develop stronger interpersonal relationships. So what’s next? What is the best way to learn and [...]
Thinking clearly and staying healthy are two key benefits of sleep, still many of us don’t get enough sleep and undercut our chances to perform at our best! Did you know that when you’re sleep deprived you perform worse than a drunk? The next time you tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, [...]