Category Archives: Emotional Intelligence

My Daily Personal Practice – A Variation Of Meditation For Goal Setting

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Have you ever tried to meditate? It sounds simple enough: just sit still, and try not to think about anything. Clear your mind, and enter instant nirvana. It’s promoted as the key to inner peace and has been credited with everything from curing diseases to boosting sex lives, so it seems like it’s worth a…

The Peace in Peace & Profit

This blog post is different than what I usually share.  But today marks nine years since my whole life felt like it was turned upside down when my step-mom passed away from a tiring battle with breast cancer. In the beginning, the heartbreaking loss was almost the only thing I could think about, but as…

Calming the Lizard Brain: 5 Steps to Dealing With Drama at Work

You know that surge of energy or sick feeling that takes over your body when someone takes credit for your work, makes condescending remarks about your presentation, or steals the pomegranate juice you left in the office fridge? Anytime you get triggered and feel it in your body, you can be sure the ‘lizard brain’,…

Playground Rules in the Workplace

Imagine you take all of your staff to the playground today, so everyone can get a little sunshine and much-needed vitamin D while they work. Each employee brings their workload with them and takes a seat on one of the teeter-totters. Do they all get to swing freely in the air, while balancing a manageable…

5 Parenting Tips That Will Make You a Better Boss

“I’m your boss, not your mother.” How many managers have wanted to scream that while dealing with bickering or whining employees? Yet the truth is, parenting and managing have far more in common than we might like to believe. I always saw my business as my baby, so the analogy strikes me as perfectly apt….

Taking 100% Responsibility: What it Means

Want to hear a fun story? I am going to share with you one of the worst moments I ever had in business… and tell you what I gained from it. In my first year of operating my first store, it was a whirlwind of excitement. Business was good, and I was insanely busy but…

Are Your Buddies Bad for Business?

Quick: write down the names of the 5 people you spend the most time with, and then write down the qualities–good and bad–that you associate with them. Does this strike you as a great list of people? Do you feel good when you’re around them? Do they inspire you and challenge you to be the best…

Is Your Business an “Unkind Environment”?

It breaks my heart to hear friends and family tell me about their stressful, de-humanizing experiences at work. When you consider that the average person will spend between 90,000 to 100,000 hours or more at work during their lifetime, it’s sad to think that so many people have a negative experience of those hours. Obviously,…

6 Business Tips from Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins was one of my favourite movies when I was a kid, and I still think Mary offers a lot of wisdom to live by: Feed the Birds: share your wealth with others. Use your business as a vehicle for making contributions to your community, by training your staff to be visionary leaders, sponsoring…

Are Men Better at Business?

The sad fact is, there are still a lot of misogynistic jerks out there who think women aren’t cut out to be really successful in business. Sadder still, is that a lot of women agree with that sentiment, and they run and hide from opportunities to shine as an entrepreneur. And then you have other…

5 Fear-Busting Techniques

If I ask you why you haven’t started that business you keep dreaming about, what will you tell me? You could tell me it’s because the timing isn’t right. You don’t have your business degree yet. You don’t have enough money. The economy is too unstable. The stars aren’t aligned. In a word, you’re AFRAID….

The Power of a Sincere Apology

You are going to mess up. Big time. Not because you’re stupid or thoughtless, and not because you don’t care. But you are guaranteed to screw things up, somehow, somewhere with somebody. It’s listed in the fine-print when you show up in your fine human form on earth. Don’t remember reading that? Something along the…