Basketball and Emotional Intelligence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2XSPW9pBx0 Russell Westbrook is poetry in motion, de-facto team leader of the OKC Thunder NBA franchise, NBA Most Valuable Player for 2017, and a pleasure to watch. In action, he’s a blur all over the court, scoring, passing, guiding his team in lightening-paced action. But all that frenzy goes away when he’s been fouled. Stepping [...]

By | 2018-01-19T16:18:30+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four Steps to a Committed Team

You just assigned your team a new project. Their enthusiasm is, well, remarkably luke-warm. How do you build a fire under them to get them behind the project? Here are four steps to kindle the flames of team commitment. Build trust. Trust is the foundation for everything that is good and positive on a team. [...]

By | 2017-12-28T03:26:59+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Intentional listening can be the best gift to give at Christmas

  By Charlotte Lankard ---The Oklahoman When someone deeply listens to you, it is like holding out a dented cup you've had since childhood and watching it fill up with cold, fresh water. When it balances on top of the brim, you are understood. When it overflows and touches your skin, you are loved. When [...]

By | 2017-12-21T16:31:49+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gut Instinct, and How Leaders Use It

The e-mail read: Can a job applicant alter their personality style profile to influence the results so that their style appears to be more like the style we’re looking for to fill this position?” The rest of the story:  This small company hires customer reps who must be creative, friendly, but also detail-oriented. The company [...]

By | 2017-12-18T04:24:50+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four Actions to Improve Your Listening Skills, Impress Your Boss and Make Your Girlfriend or Boyfriend Crazy About You.

I’m going out on a limb here: The ability to listen well is the most important tool you’ll ever put in your leadership tool kit, or for that matter, your tool kit for living well. There. I said it. What do I mean? When you listen well, you’re also learning to communicate well. When you [...]

By | 2017-12-10T21:45:39+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CAUTION! You’re only Five Steps Away from an RBD (Really Bad Decision)

We all make bad decisions. Sometimes the consequences of those decisions are inconsequential. Other times they can be devastating. A few years ago Blockbuster Video had the opportunity to acquire a little start-up (Netflix) for a paltry 50 million dollars. They decided not to. Really Bad Decision. Netflix has recently been valued at 32.9 billion.  Yes, [...]

By | 2017-12-02T04:20:12+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is It Time to Throw Out the Compliment Sandwich?

Bored? Looking for a little excitement? Try googling, “Compliment Sandwich.’  You’ll find a few posts that define it and a bunch of articles on why you should NEVER use one. So, what is a compliment sandwich? It’s placing critical feedback between two positive statements about a person’s performance to lessen the pain or discomfort of [...]

By | 2017-11-27T16:17:25+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Four Reasons New Leaders Fail from the Start

When front line workers are promoted to leadership they must learn a new set of skills in order to be successful. There are four challenges that will derail a leader at any level if they aren’t addressed.  In my consulting business I have witnessed a lot of train wrecks that could have been avoided if [...]

By | 2017-11-19T15:01:44+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Making Polenta and Developing Great Leaders in Four Steps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTHL-wsU68o (Four things that Making Polenta and Developing Leaders have in common) Today I made polenta for the first time. It’s an Italian version of grits, only better. A few weeks ago I enjoyed osso buco; It’s the Italian version of roast beef, only better, served on polenta, at my favorite Italian restaurant. It [...]

By | 2017-11-03T16:17:37+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Six Things You Need to Know About Expectations

                                                                                         ---- Ruthie Hast, M.Ed., LPC Expectations are how we hope or anticipate life will be. They encompass all areas of our lives—our work, our relationships, the way our life will unfold. They play a major part in how our goals and general life direction are formed. They're how we are able to envision our [...]

By | 2017-10-23T20:52:36+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments