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The Benefits of Focusing on Others

We know that interpersonal relationships and communication are critical to career success.  But what I frequently see with executives is a focus on what they want  for themselves and how they think things should be, rather than what their boss wants/needs from them or what is important  to a potential employer.

Example #1

An executive who was passed over for a promotion. He focused on being more casual with  posture and emails because he thought everyone should be treated the same, including ...

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Setting Goals in 2016

My Brook and I

I remember the brook
streaming through the woods;
spending hours around it,
building forts, wiping the mud off me with skunk cabbage.

I remember the brook on sunny days;
Water babbling over stones and rocks, pieces of wood;
making the water ripple the way it did.

I wondered what happened to the brook
traveling away from my yard.
I had a goal for my brook
to flow to the ocean…but then what?

I see goals for myself
thwarted, rearranged, fulfilled.
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EQ and The Importance of Soft Skills

While  driving back to the office from an appointment this morning, I listened to an interview with Georgia’s  Commissioner of Labor, Mark Butler.  He mentioned some exciting news.  Job growth in Georgia is at 4%!

But he also remarked that some companies are having a difficult time filling these job openings.  When he asks employers why this is so, the answers he gets consistently are that employers would rather hire someone with soft skills -someone who takes the  initiative, shows up ...

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The Role of Empathy in Executive Success

As an executive coach, I often work with leaders who are highly skilled and successful, but need help  developing better  interpersonal relationships in the workplace.  Often they receive feedback about their lack of perceived concern for the people who work for and along side of them. They may lack empathy. And this prompts them or their organization to contact me.  These executives are driven and are highly successful.  They have risen to positions of influence in their organizations, ...

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My Adventures in Kayaking and Life Planning

About 13 years ago I was introduced to whitewater kayaking. I had rafted down whitewater, but this was different, since with a kayak you are on your own.  Kayaks are also much less sturdy than rafts.  I realized that I did not have time to devote to learning  the kayak roll, (the task when your kayak tips over with you pinned inside, and you need to get the kayak right-sided so you don’t drown), so I opted for just renting ...

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Meditation: How to Achieve “Happiness Peace”

This morning I attended a group  meditation at a Buddhist Center here in Atlanta, where I am based.  Meditation does not solve your problems, but calms your mind, the monk explained. It is not a religion, but a way to experience “Happiness Peace.” “Sounds good to me,”  I say to myself. “Bring it on.”  Meditation can relieve “Monkey Mind”,  when our minds are so distracted, and jump around hither and there. The reason I attended today is that my mind has ...

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Workers Want More Flex-Time and Ability to Unplug

EY, the Global consulting firm, recently surveyed their 9700 full-time workers and found nearly one -third  responded that   managing their work and personal lives has become more difficult.  They want competitive pay and benefits,  flex-time, without a formal agreement, paid parental leave, less overtime, and the ability to unplug when they need to focus on their personal lives.  See article:

Managing Work-Life Balance

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How Leadership & Management Create Keys to a Great Workplace

  Three Keys to a Great Workplace

1. Trust

This is developed when leaders and managers demonstrate their competency, promote two-way communication, maintain and communicate a clear vision, match their action to their words, and treat employees with respect and fairness.

2. Pride

For employees to feel proud of their work, they must believe that their work is meaningful, that they are making a difference in their organization, take pleasure in their accomplishments, and believe that their organization ...

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Improving Social and Emotional Intelligence

Previously I have written several posts on emotional intelligence and described the importance of it for both career and personal success.

I’m pleased to announce a new offering in my coaching practice. I have just completed an intensive certification program in coaching social and emotional intelligence, and am pleased to announce that I am now a Social + Emotional Intelligence Certified Coach®.

What this means is that I have a wide array of new tools and materials available for you that are ...

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A Great Jobs Report For January

The Department of Labor issued  their jobs report for January and it was positive news on all fronts. The economy added 257,000 jobs in January, wages rebounded from their slump, and 2014  saw the largest gain in jobs since 1999.  The last three months, November and December 2014, and January 2015, witnessed the largest three month expansion of jobs since 1997!

Although unemployment numbers inched up from 5.6 to 5.7, economists saw that as good news since it meant that more ...

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