Want to Accelerate Your Career? The Magic Formula = EI + Coaching
The Rock or the Rebel? How Learning Agility Can Make or Break Your Company
Let Me Not Die While I Am Still Alive
What's the Best Blend of Mentoring and Coaching?
A Walk Down Memory Lane: Or Why I Love Positive Psychology
What I Like about You
Why Businesses Fail--and Succeed
The Secret to Exceeding Customer Expectations
Ever Wonder About the Value of Marketing?
Who's the Boss of Work Engagement and Happiness?
What a Year It Was--What a Year It Can Be
Naughty or Nice: Which Makes for a More Effective Leader?
Too Busy?
What tops the List of Lessons Learned by a Recent Master in Management Grad?
Are You on Track to Meet Your Year-End Goals?
Mt. Ashland Creates Its Brand from the Inside Out
Bad for Business Where Business Schools Went Wrong
The Top 4 Employee Needs to Fulfill for Greater Happiness and Productivity
10 Ways to Practice the Negative Approach to Happiness: Part 2
10 Ways to Practice the Negative Approach to Happiness: Part 1
The Path to Happiness May Be Backward
Blue Ocean Leadership: 4 Steps to Boosting Employee Engagement
5 Languages of Appreciation: Part 2
5 Languages of Appreciation: Part 1
5 Love Languages
How Do You Build Relationships?
How Do You Influence?
Walk a Mile in My Shoes
Develop Positive Rituals to Increase Emotional Intelligence
Hugheisms: Work Ethic Trumps Talent
What's in the Mirror?
Be Aware: Start from the Inside
Make the Connection for a Happier Life
Think You've Got Your Marketing Ducks in a Row?
How to Avoid Blue Monday
What would increased happiness do for your business?
What Do You Expect from Your Job?
How Can You Fuel Success and Performance?
Leaders Listen up: Pew Research on Leaders and Communication
What's Holding You Back from Reaching Your Potential
This Is for All the Lonely Leaders: Why Partner with an Executive Coach
Why Coaching? Why Now?
What's Your Sign: Let's Talk Personal Brand
Speaking of Happiness: How to Have Your Cake—and Eat It, Too
Project Teams: Your Nemesis or a Sure Way to Succeed? The Devil Is in the Details.
How to Live the Brand—and Play to Your Strengths
The Cinderella Fit: 5 Steps to a Better Brand
Six Key Features of the Happiest Workplace on Earth
How Important Is Leadership—Really?
Take a 75% Pay Cut? Are You Kidding?
Civility Costs Nothing—and Buys Everything
What's the Problem? No. Strike That. What's Working Here?
10 Things Happy People Do Differently
This Year, Retrain Your Brain. Give Yourself the Happiness Advantage.
What's Your Theme for 2013?
Creating Your Brand from the Inside Out
A New Report on Workplace Happiness
Is Your Work a Test of Endurance or a Labor of Love?
10 Ways to Make Your Life Quite Interesting
Happiness at Work: Not as Scary as You Imagine
What Can a Leadership Coach Do for You?
Learning About Happiness and Company Culture from the Big Dogs
A Night in Paris - Going Beyond My Comfort Zone, Dinner with Jim Haynes
What Role Does Happiness Play in the Global Economy? Why the Happy Planet Index Matters
What Brings You the Greatest Joy?
The One Minute Manager—Do You Remember It? Do You Use It?
What Does It Take for an Entrepreneur to Turn a Good Idea into Reality (Blog Post)
Do One Emotionally Difficult Thing Every Day
You Are Not the Mistakes You Have Made
Spring a Time to Reawaken
Teaching with the Power of Digital Media
April Is the Cruelest Month
Build Your Leadership Cache
What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding?
Why Happiness at Work Trumps Employee Engagement and Job Satisfaction
Something Seemingly Outrageous
Is Anyone Sick of Happiness at Work?
The Value of Happiness: How Employee Well-Being Drives Profits
Change Your Business Transform Your Life in 2012
Holiday Festivities Showcase Inspiring Leadership
What Went Well?
What You Think About Is What You Think About
Trying to Do More with Less
Is Happiness a Luxury Small Businesses Can't Afford?
Most Employee Problems Are Directly Related to …
What Would You Do if You Could Not Fail: Three simple questions … 1. If you knew you could not fail and those around you would wholeheartedly support you, what would you do? 2. Are you doing it? 3. If not, then why?
Playing to the Edge in Las Vegas: What an incredible week as I attended the International Coaching Federation’s international conference! The theme was Playing to the Edge. With more than 1,000 coaches from around the world, we gathered together to continue our studies in the art and science of coaching and share perspectives on how we can help businesses and employees achieve their potential in our global economy.
The Wall Street Journal Is Measuring Happiness at Work: Check this out—The Wall Street Journal is measuring happiness at work using the same assessment tool I have been using with my clients. This link takes you to the article and gives people the opportunity to use the free (short report) assessment. They will be reporting the results next month.

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Happy, Successful Leader with Emotional IntelligenceWant to Accelerate Your Career? The Magic Formula = EI + Coaching

What will get you $29,000 more per year, make you 58% more effective at your job and rank you with 90% of top performers? If you’ve been following this blog, you can probably guess. Yep, that’s right. Emotional intelligence. Read more …

Businessman Climbing a Staircase of BooksThe Rock or the Rebel? How Learning Agility Can Make or Break Your Company

Your company is expanding into India, and you’ve got to hire a CEO to head up the new branch. What qualities do you look for? Do you select the candidate with the solid academic credentials, proven track record and cautious yet consistently successful approach? Or do you go with the wildcard—the rogue leader who questions authority, circumvents convention and takes risks? Read more …

Stormy Sky Clouds“Let Me Not Die While I Am Still Alive”

And other lessons from an untimely death. I think I have a lot in common with 391,833 other Facebook users. I don’t want anyone to miss the essence of Sheryl Sandberg’s message from June 3 sharing her feelings and realizations from the 30-day religious mourning period following her husband’s death. Read more …

Mentee Artwork (Orange Fields Green Mountains with Lamb)What’s the Best Blend of Mentoring and Coaching?

Coaching and mentoring are close to my heart. Now a certified coach, I am fortunate to be in contact with a mentor I have had since my senior year in college over three decades ago. A retired journalist and professor, she is an author, a woman of great wisdom—and still my mentor. Read more …

Sunshine Yellow FlowerA Walk Down Memory Lane: Or Why I Love Positive Psychology

My students in the Working with Emotional Intelligence class recently presented on an emotional intelligence (EI) topic they wanted to know more about. I was delighted at the number who picked a positive psychology topic. That got me thinking back … Read more …

What I Like About You NotesWhat I Like About You

How important is it to let people around you know what you value about them? Why would you bother? Why take the time? A quick Google search offers about 615,000 reasons. My answer: It’s essential if you are looking to energize, motivate, develop or lead. Read more …

Adam Cuppy PresentingWhy Businesses Fail—and Succeed

Why do most businesses fail? Is it lack of resources? Poor marketing? Untrained employees? Or perhaps it’s their location—the company’s too far away from the epicenter of their industry, too under the radar to get noticed. None of the above, according to Coding ZEAL co-founder Adam Cuppy. Read more …

Coding ZEAL LeadersThe Secret to Exceeding Customer Expectations

What do coffee, code, and marketing have in common? For Adam Cuppy, Trever Yarrish, and Sean Culver—founders of the wildly successful Coding ZEAL based here in Southern Oregon—it doesn’t matter what they have in common. What matters is the experience customers have while enjoying your product and interacting with your company. Read more …

Oregon VineyardsEver Wonder About the Value of Marketing?

Ever wonder about the value of marketing? Well, you’re not alone. Last week, I saw an example of best marketing practices in action—at the Portland, OR, airport. We were in between flights from Medford to Spokane with some time to enjoy. Read more …

Time to FocusWho’s the Boss of Work Engagement and Happiness?

Try a new perspective: Instead of asking what your employer is doing, check in with what you are doing. Whose responsibility is it to create employee engagement, happiness and thus, results? Read more …

New Years FireworksWhat a Year It Was—What a Year It Can Be

With the holiday season wrapping up and a new year on the horizon, this is the time of year we reflect on the past and set our intentions for the future. I have a series of reflections I use with my coaching clients as well as for myself. Try them out! Read more …

Mean BossNaughty or Nice: Which Makes for a More Effective Leader?

Which boss do you think achieves better results—the one who inspires by kindness or by fear? Despite the inroads made by science of happiness researchers in recent years, the general consensus in business culture still seems to be that the tougher the leader, the more productive the employees. Read more …

Tasmanian DevilToo Busy?

How did you answer the last time someone asked, “How are you?” I’ll bet it was something like, “Oh, I’m slammed,” “I’m so busy!,” “Crazed,” or “Buried.” Recently a colleague told me she was “doing a trapeze act until the monster project is finished.” The week before, she was “wrapping up a gargantuan project.” Sounds impressive, but what does that even mean? Read more …

Mind MeldWhat Tops the List of Lessons Learned by a Recent Master in Management Grad?

“Was it worth 20 months and $20,000?” This is the question posed in the October 26, 2014, article by Statesman Journal editorial page editor Dick Hughes. As an adjunct instructor who taught Working with Emotional Intelligence to Dick and his cohort, I am happy to report Dick’s answer was an unequivocal “Yes.” Read more …

Woman Jumping a Track HurdleAre You on Track to Meet Your Year-End Goals?

Last month, I read a blog post by my high school classmate Bruce Johnson titled “How to Craft a 100-Day Plan So You Finish This Year Well.” He’s a very smart guy who, as he puts it, has “a business growth coaching, consulting and executive education firm that helps business owners and entrepreneurs like you become great at building a business that’s designed for maximum growth, impact and profitability.” Read more …

Mt. AshlandMt. Ashland Creates Its Brand from the Inside Out

Your culture is your brand; your brand is your culture. The two are one and the same—inextricably intertwined. It’s where marketing, positive psychology and innovative business practices intersect. And it’s the common denominator in successful companies. Read more …

MBA Student at Business SchoolBad for Business: Where Business Schools Went Wrong

The golden era of the business school has ended. We’ve gone from a time when MBA programs were regarded as prestigious, pragmatic and selective to one where they’re an embarrassment. Why? Warren G. Bennis and James O’Toole believe it’s because MBA programs have made decisions that are bad for business. Read more …

Business Leader Inspiring EmployeesThe Top 4 Employee Needs to Fulfill for Greater Happiness and Productivity

If you’ve been following this blog and other science of happiness research, you already know achieving employee satisfaction is key to creating a sustainable and productive workforce. It’s simple, really. More satisfied employees = happier employees = more engaged employees = more productive employees = a mutually beneficial equation for everyone. Read more …

Hill at Sunset: Contemplation10 Ways to Practice the Negative Approach to Happiness: Part 2

Pretending everything is copacetic when you’re feeling otherwise is another form of counterproductive suppression. Therapeutic modalities such as radical acceptance therapy teach us to soften ourselves to pain, grief, and anxiety. Read more …

Making Grass Angels10 Ways to Practice the Negative Approach to Happiness: Part 1

As we try to grasp the vision of happiness before us, it vanishes before our eyes. According to Oliver Burkeman’s The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking, we may have better luck achieving happiness if we tiptoe up to it from behind. Read more …

Stone Path over WaterThe Path to Happiness May Be … Backward?

You know those days when everything seems to go wrong? When you tell yourself you are not going to trip on that extension cord, you are not going to mention that painful topic to your friend, you are not going to burn your hand on that pan you just pulled out of the oven—and then you do all three? There’s a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. Read more …

Surfer on a Blue Ocean WaveBlue Ocean Leadership: 4 Steps to Boosting Employee Engagement

There are half a trillion reasons why every American should care about employee disengagement. They’re called dollar bills, and that’s how many the US economy loses annually because of the 20% of discontented employees who undermine workplace productivity, according to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report. Read more …

Happy Employees Shaking HandsThe 5 Languages of Appreciation: Motivating Employees by Developing a Culture of Appreciation (Part 2)

The most common form of appreciation expressed in the workplace is words of affirmation, and it is especially important to practice with individuals whose primary language of appreciation is verbal praise, according to Dr. Paul E. White and Dr. Gary Chapman’s The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace. Read more …

Circle of Happy CoworkersThe 5 Languages of Appreciation: Motivating Employees by Developing a Culture of Appreciation (Part 1)

7 Habits of Highly Effective People author Steven Covey argues that psychological survival—feeling appreciated, understood, and affirmed—comes second only to physical survival in human needs. Even so, employers who are myopically focused on the bottom line may not recognize the value of cultivating appreciation in the workplace. Read more …

Couple Kissing in the ParkLet Me Count the Ways: 5 Love Languages for Better Communication

Over two decades after its original publication, Dr. Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts not only tops the marriage and relationships category, but it is also the #1 bestseller in both Relationships and Religious Studies—and it currently ranks #45 of all Amazon book sales (see Top 100 Books). Read more …

Take This Waltz StillHow Do You Build Relationships?

How healthy are your relationships? At work, at home, with friends, with relatives, with neighbors? The ability to develop strong relationships is the final reward in becoming emotionally intelligent. It flows naturally out of the first steps: be self-aware; regulate and motivate yourself; and exhibit empathy. Read more …

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