Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Are your leaders inspiring trust?

A new workshop for Spring!  I'm inspired.  Leaving off the name of the client.  Can you imagine your team taking some time together to explore how to increase trust -- and performance?   
Building Trust to Enhance Excellence at ____
In decades of research across all industries, the presence or absence of trust in an organization is the most important ingredient in an organization’s performance.  

High trust organizations collaborate more effectively, operate faster, and achieve sustainable results.
The number one job of any leader is to inspire trust. Trust releases the creativity and capacities of individuals to do their best work. The great news is that trust can be repaired and high trust cultures can be created and sustained. 

In this 3 part series participants will:

·        Examine two dimensions of trust within the culture of ____
·        Explore the costs of low trust and the benefits of high trust cultures.
·        Use assessments to explore trust within departments and self.
·        Explore strengths and areas for growth in inspiring trust.
·        Learn basic strategies in Emotional Intelligence (EI).
·        Use EI skills to increase congruence and trust at work.
·        Use a matrix tool to mitigate risks when trusting others.
·        Learn and practice behaviors to increase and restore trust.
·        Practice telling stories to communicate positive intent and build a trusting culture.
·        Analyze organizational structures that build or decrease trust.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Oldie but a goodie

This article is dated but the research is not. Understanding our purpose at work, connecting to others and the meaning of our tasks enlivens engagement, productivity, and morale at work.
Check out the article here.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Emotions can guide us through conflicting and complex situations

What I love about EI is recognizing that emotions offer us an intelligence.  As my hubby and I look for a new house I've had lots of emotions.  Yesterday we almost made an offer on a house but I began to have this nagging feeling.  The feeling nagged me until I slowed down and examined what/who was pushing me to buy that house.  It wasn't the right house for us.  Yay for emotions!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Why is competition so much more compelling than cooperation?

Why is it that competition can feel more fun than cooperation? When I lead team building events, no matter the group -- teams always get more excited when they get to compete against other teams. Some really struggle when I try to coax them (or trick them!) to cooperate in an activity.

I know that Dr. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi's research confirms that boredom is painful and the "flow state" comes from meeting challenges and growing from them. Is this the reason?

Today I wondered: could we change the nature of challenge and competition in our culture? What if our measure of success had less to do with $$ and more to do with how well we serve each other?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Coming soon! Emotional Intelligence study cards.

Why cards? 

Since the subject of emotional intelligence is vast, using a single card can help us focus on one idea each week. The cards are brief, so their lessons can easily fit into our day. Physically handling the cards can make learning more tactile and embodied. And finally, cards suggest play. Exploring our inner world can be challenging, but doing so with a sense of playfulness will not only make the journey more fun but also more enduring. 

More information coming soon!
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