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Does our Compulsion for Control Create a Poverty of Possibility?

April 2, 2014 Affective LeadershipAssociation InsightsEmotional IntelligencePeer Powered Performance

This unforgettable scene from Oliver Twist is unfortunately not so unfamiliar today.  I am not speaking of the 150 million children ages 5-14 working in developing countries* but the vast number of fully employed but barely included employees working in the US.  Contrary to popular belief these employees are not asking for more money, benefits or even position but more challenge more opportunity and more inclusion.

The desire for challenge over cash is not true of all people or all companies...

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Leading without Positional Power

February 26, 2014 Affective LeadershipDiagnosticsEmotional IntelligencePeer Powered PerformancePositive Deviance

The Starfish and the Spider+Employees First

Leaderless organizations are everywhere.  If you don’t find ways to include everyone on your team, you may soon be the one sitting on the bench.

After reading a bio of one of my business heroes, Vineet Nayar I decided to read his favorite book The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom.   Vineet was the CEO of HCL Technologies at the time and has been recognized as one of the top business thinkers in the world today...

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Assurance or Adventure

February 14, 2014 Affective LeadershipEmotional Intelligence


I had a wonderfully candid conversation with HR Pro Vivian Otero-Epley who helped me better understand the reticence of some to leave the relative safety of compliance responsibilities to pursue a leadership role in the coaching and development of employees (and managers).    

The following day I heard a quote that applied perfectly; “People who say yes are rewarded with the adventures they have, people who say no are rewarded by the safety they attain.”   Keith Johnstone

There are some for...

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Understanding your Brain

November 20, 2013 Emotional Intelligence

facial expressions

In the Time Magazine article “Mysteries of the Teenage Brain”.   We learn that a teen’s brain will continue to develop well into their mid-twenties.  

One of the later areas of the brain to develop is the area that evaluates non-verbal communication.  In adults facial expressions are evaluated in the frontal cortex.  In teenagers the same pictures are interpreted largely in the amygdala, a primitive structure more directly related to emotion...

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The Science of Emotion

November 11, 2013 Affective LeadershipEmotional IntelligencePeer Powered PerformancePositive Deviance

Science of Emotion

Leadership is a Science

Leadership used to be referred to as an art.  Now it is a proven science.  Every component of this process has a purpose.  Like the endless lines of zeros and ones in binary code, it is not only the content of each component but the space between that produces the results.

Humor with a purpose

laughing_audienceIn live presentations I am most often described as a humorist, but my purpose is not laughter.  I use humor to share difficult lessons in an entertaining way...

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