If you’re experiencing a setback that inflates your stress, anger or anxiety and you can’t move past it, it’s probably worth dealing with. My philosophy is simple. Deal with it, or park it. If you aren’t willing to deal with it (on your own, or with support), park it and move on. The repercussions of packing around distressing emoti...

Leadership is more art than science. To be truly effective, you must balance the emotional with the rational. When you lead with both your heart and your backbone, you cultivate relationships, foster trust, and unleash inspiration. How balanced are your heart and backbone in your leadership role?

Accordingly to McKinsey Quarterly, only 30% of change initiatives are successful.Why? Because of human resistance to change. Changing the way we think or behave takes focused attention which requires increased brain energy, which is easily forgone for routine and what is known. Neuroscience has proven that the old saying “you can’t...

"A life looking into your phone is not a life," said Michelle Obama when she visited Vancouver this year.  That statement resonated with me and comes to mind when I find myself scanning social feeds.  

The video posted below had an equally powerful impact on me so I thought it was worth sharing. 

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As Cheshire Cat said to Alice, “If you don’t know where you’re going, then any road will take you there.” The road to effective personal and organizational leadership success is largely based on the ability to direct attention—to learn, change, and achieve goals.

Unfortunately, research suggests that the ability to pay attention is o...

October 15, 2018

Do you want to engage others and increase their commitment to your organization? Let’s look at a key factor in how the social brain works.

The need for people to experience a sense of belonging and attachment to other people is the essence of the social brain theory, the idea that animals in complex social groups have evolved larger...

September 14, 2018

Working in collaboration with others is not an easy terrain to navigate because “the social world is the source of tremendous conflict, and many people never master its seemingly chaotic rules” (Rock, 2009).

While it’s increasingly important for us to collaborate, and there are social benefits for participants, people’s natural incli...

What is your silence threshold? A few seconds, a minute, a few minutes? Personally speaking, becoming comfortable with silence has been a journey, one on which I have come a long way; yet, I still have much to discover. As a strong advocate of the effectiveness of the coach approach to leadership, I have been working hard to manage...

August 10, 2018

A portion of the brain called the amygdala plays a key role in the processing of emotions. An amygdala hijack happens as a result of the emotional brain being hijacked before the thinking brain has a chance to contribute logic to the situation at hand.

We have likely all experienced or witnessed an amygdala hijack of someone with an...