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Leadership Series: Emotional Intelligence

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 in Entrepreneur, Inspiration, Small Business, Success, Tips for Entrepreneurs | Comments Off on Leadership Series: Emotional Intelligence

Leadership series: Emotional Intelligence   Today’s topic will be introduced by a thought provoking fact: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time (source). Wait, you got that backward, right? So, if it isn’t smarts that drives success, what is it? Research suggests that it’s emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically” (source). This is an indispensable capability of any true leader. Leaders inspire,...

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Leadership Series: Storytelling

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 in Entrepreneur, Small Business, Small Business Tips and Tricks Series, Success, Tips for Entrepreneurs | Comments Off on Leadership Series: Storytelling

Leadership Series: Storytelling A key role of any leader is to inspire. A very effective way to inspire is through storytelling. Think of some of the most compelling accounts from history and how they’ve shaped us. The amazing tale of the forefathers and how they claimed the independence of the United States as the pilgrims immigrated across the ocean and began a new life. The great leadership of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and others and their incredible histories. All of these stories engender in US citizens a spirit of values, self-reliance and independence. Now think of your...

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Leadership Series: Sharpen the Saw

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Inspiration, Small Business, Success, Tips for Entrepreneurs | Comments Off on Leadership Series: Sharpen the Saw

Leadership Series: Sharpen the Saw   As we discuss the topic of leadership it might be easy to become overwhelmed with a list of skills, capabilities and practices of effective leaders; enough to make us put our feet to the floor more hours each day and more days each week. But today we’ll discuss another essential and even invaluable habit of great leaders. This is what the famous Dr. Stephen R. Covey calls “sharpening the saw.” Abraham Lincoln, an experienced axman, taught a powerful life lesson that illustrates well this idea when he said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I...

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Leadership Series: Decision Making

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 in Entrepreneur, San Diego Lawyer, Small Business, Success, Tips for Entrepreneurs | Comments Off on Leadership Series: Decision Making

Leadership Series: Decision Making   It’s often said that being a decision maker is a necessary attribute to be a leader. But this is only, at best, a half-truth. Why? Well, on the one hand, it’s very important for a leader to be able to move an issue forward by making a sound decision but on the other, being the one that has to make the decision could be your organization’s biggest bottleneck. If you’re making all the decisions, you’re either too involved (i.e. you don’t trust your people) or you’re just plain egotistical (i.e. you don’t think your people are smart enough to make...

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Leadership Series: Debate

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 in Entrepreneur, Small Business, Success, Tips for Entrepreneurs | Comments Off on Leadership Series: Debate

Leadership Series: Debate   In our most recent Leadership Series post we spoke about the importance of conflict; and today, we’ll talk about the importance of a related but unique interaction necessary for organizational/team success—debate. Oftentimes it’s said of good leaders that they’re decision makers—and this may well be true in certain cases. But decision making leaders often leave something behind. The knowledge, ideas and intelligence of everyone else. Liz Wiseman, in her best seller, Multipliers, teaches us how to make sure we’re seeking fact based, well thought through...

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Leadership Series: Conflict

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 in Entrepreneur, San Diego Lawyer, Small Business, Small Business Tips and Tricks Series, Success, Tips for Entrepreneurs | Comments Off on Leadership Series: Conflict

 Leadership Series: Conflict Conflict. A word feared by many and a topic avoided by most everyone. But should it be that way? The answer is: NO In fact, conflict is essential to drive results. Now, we’re not talking about yelling at your co-workers or bashing people–but healthy conflict. The kind that is based on trust, engenders commitment and accountability and leads to action. Have you ever heard the saying, “if we both see things the same way, one of us isn’t necessary”? Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, provides an excellent model...

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