In a survey of 775 leaders and employees worldwide, the top issues are talent, leadership, and alignment. Emotional intelligence is seen as important but under-utilized — and organizations that score high on EQ earn 32% better “grades.” This bi-annual report provides a detailed exploration of the current “state of the union” of people in organizations around the globe.
It was 8.00am. My task was to write a proposal for a 2 day leadership program. It would take me no more than 45 minutes and then I could return to a weekend with my family (or so I thought). By 10.30am I had responded to 12 emails, donated money to a team charity day, [...]
Communication in the workplace is a constant challenge. The pressures to perform and the chaos of constant change often create an environment which makes a “meeting of the minds” seem like an oxymoron. Fortunately, research on emotions and the brain has helped clarify key communication tools. Paying attention to emotional subtext will build a deeper [...]
While some of us may embrace our physical pain during a workout or marathon–most of us try to escape psychological/emotional pain. Our defenses may be so efficient that we only detect our grief/shame/anger in a vague moodiness. But an excruciating emotion has much to teach us, if we open our minds and hearts to hear. [...]
A true story. Rick and I are selling our home. Several weeks ago, we readied ourselves to interview several realtors. Still, we knew our tendency—to go with the first person we met. That was Bob. Nice guy. After hellos, we sat at our dining table and Bob took us through his glossy brochure. He described [...]
Yesterday I came across a common situation at work and was frustrated mostly by how simple it seemed to make a change. A colleague finds himself feeling stuck, caught in a position between a demanding and sometimes irrational boss and a team that is dissatisfied and distrustful. The team has had many changes ‘thrust’ upon [...]
When I moved from working in the theatre to working in an office, I was astounded by the difference in attitudes and norms. My new organization and the workplaces of my clients seemed filled with unhappiness and dysfunction. Could I use my theatre training to help transform the malaise I saw everywhere? While my clients [...]
I had a strange dream this morning. I was helping a new employee who had just been hired in our department. We worked comfortably together but then, at the end of the workday (as can happen in dreams), I suddenly realized that this new worker was actually a former colleague. How did I not recognize [...]
I’m always amazed to hear the stories of how people subtly fight at work. Through procrastination, gossip, stonewalling, and other passive-aggressive methods, co-workers can find clever ways to obstruct progress while appearing helpful. So much conflict can be hidden under the surface of our actions and conversations. In the theatre, this is called “subtext.” Here [...]
Jay Grant, network member and wellness coach, is a regular guest on Sacramento & Company. Here is a clip about working from home and finding a work-life balance while working at home — including several practical tips!