Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Mindful Leadership

  Mindfulness is like going to a mental gym and the equivalent of doing a rep where you lift a weight to make a muscle grow is being mindful, seeing your mind wander and bringing it back. And that indeed seems to change the strength and circuitry for focus. And focus is the key to learning, to optimal performance, to leadership, to excellence in any domain. ~ Daniel Goleman I started my mindfulness practice almost a decade ago. It was a particularly difficult time in my life and friends and my doctor suggested I might find it helpful. My exploration

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Inspire Excellence

Excellence

  We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent. ~ Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States Everyone, everywhere is busy. Busy is the almost inevitable response when you ask someone how they are doing. The fact is, in many ways we are busier. Being asked to do more with less, juggling multiple deliverables, the never-ending stream of emails and days fully booked with meetings. People feel rushed. This can result in members of a team taking an attitude of good enough is good enough. This presents an

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Leadership

Leadership

  My leadership journey started at a very young age. My parents put me into Air Cadets when I was in my early teens. There wasn't a lot of activities in Renfrew, so it was something to do. It was pretty cool going up in gliders, small planes and a tactical helicopter at CFB Petawawa. One year I was nominated for the junior leadership training program in Jonquiere, Quebec. I recall it being an interesting experience with other cadets from across Ontario. One quote that has stuck with since has been the one in the image above by the former American

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You Can’t Pour From An Empty Cup

Self Care Saturday

  At a recent leadership summit, one of the presenters read a quote that continues to resonate with me. You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first. As leaders we are always giving - of our time, our experience and in countless other ways. If you don't look after yourself, the cup will run dry pretty quickly. We have to remember that self care is important too. Last summer, as my cup was running dry, I decided that I was going to make Self Care Saturday a reality at least once a month. I was still

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