Emotional Intelligence

Empower Your Personal Brand

“The measure of a life is a measure of love and respect, So hard to earn so easily burned In the fullness of time, A garden to nurture and protect…” —Neil Peart (writer and musician) In all fairness, I didn’t read it. I only called the post out for the sake of comedic relief when… more Empower Your Personal Brand

The Needy, The Nerdy and The Girlie Are Not HR

Cool spring morning. Grade-school recess. A group of boys and girls gather on a damp field. Captains are called out. The usual suspects. The strongest players. Each picks his own number two. The second-strongest players. The ones they’ve done battle with before. Sometimes a girl but usually a boy. The number twos call out names… more The Needy, The Nerdy and The Girlie Are Not HR

Body Language and the Now of You

“You’re sharpening stones, walking on coals To improve your business acumen…” — R.E.M. (“Exhuming McCarthy”) Look at me. Eyes right here. Watch my face, my arms and my hands as I talk. In fact, watch my entire physical demeanor. What does it tell you? Now, imagine that you’re on your way to a job interview.… more Body Language and the Now of You

Invest in Being Fearlessly Authentic

“We play the game With the bravery of being out of range We zap and maim With the bravery of being out of range…” —Roger Waters (musician and writer) Small craters pocked the desk around her laptop dock. Tiny tendrils of sulfurous smoke rose from each one, like poisonous snakes entranced by music only they… more Invest in Being Fearlessly Authentic

Taking Care Of Selfie With A Smile

What? You’ve never heard of it? <smile – snap – post> It’s all the social media rage. <smile – snap – post> And all the kids are doing it. <smile – snap – post> Heck, not just all the kids either. Some of us older folk are doing it, too. <smile – snap – post>… more Taking Care Of Selfie With A Smile

The Halves and Wholes of Leadership Development

“Love is born with solar flares From two magnetic poles It moves towards a higher plane Where two halves make two wholes…” –Neil Peart We simply made it up. Neither of us had really had any formal lessons; I know I never had them. My stiff “pin-hips” as my mom and dad had always pointed… more The Halves and Wholes of Leadership Development

Forgive Yourself A Prayer But Never Surrender

“You can surrender Without a prayer But never really pray Pray without surrender You can fight Fight without ever winning But never ever win Win without a fight…” –Neil Peart, “Resist”   The final shame of not asking nearly overshadowed my extreme physical pain, but not quite. No, the visceral memory of my hands buried… more Forgive Yourself A Prayer But Never Surrender

When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

“The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don’t need no water let the m-f burn.” –The Bloodhound Gang At least, that’s the melodic hip-hop mantra many of us have wanted to repetitively belt out at some point in our world of work lives (with an unapologetic emphasis on the unabbreviated curse word,… more When Our Workplace Culture Is On Fire

The Complicated Nuance Of Workplace Bullying

I just didn’t want to go anymore. She made it nearly unbearable. It didn’t start off that way, though. When we first started working together as colleagues in the same department, our relationship was amicable and tolerant. We because fast friends and got to know each other very well, including our spouses, lives and everything… more The Complicated Nuance Of Workplace Bullying

The Authentricity of Mr. Pixie

“If I could wave my magic wand, I’d set everybody free.” —Neil Peart Call me Mr. Pixie. That image, now delightedly (or unfortunately) burned into the memory of nearly every one of my colleagues and cohorts, is a special one for me. It was another Fun Friday team theme at work, where I got to… more The Authentricity of Mr. Pixie

Two Things: Detach and Wish Them Well

“Spirits turned bitter by the poison of envy Always angry and dissatisfied Even the lost ones, the frightened and mean ones Even the ones with a devil inside Thank your stars you’re not that way Turn your back and walk away Don’t even pause and ask them why Turn around and say goodbye All that… more Two Things: Detach and Wish Them Well