ready to be a leader

Signs you’re ready to be a leader… and a few signs you’re not

At a cocktail party recently, someone asked me if I thought they should try for a leadership role as Team Manager, which had just come open when their boss moved on. It would make them the leader of the team they’re already on. I asked them what was appealing about becoming a team leader and […]

emotional intelligence in leadership

Boost Your Leadership Emotional Intelligence

This week’s Coach’s Questions Blog is written by someone we admire, Janice Gair of EI Advantage. While professional and technical competence are essential for workplace success, emotional intelligence is frequently cited as a better predictor of success. A study by TalentSmart tested emotional intelligence, along with 33 other workplace skills, and found emotional intelligence to […]

Legacy

Why you should write your own retirement speech TODAY

My 13-year-old nephew, when he was a bit younger, was famous for asking interesting, open-ended questions. Perhaps he’ll be a great coach, one day! One of those questions that stuck with me was, “Uncle Patrick, if you could have any superpower, what would it be?” My answer was that I’d like the power to go […]

Mindful

Mind FULL or Mindful

“Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?” ―David Bader I’ve recently completed a course in how to be mindful — specifically bringing greater mindfulness to my coaching techniques and also helping clients build greater mindfulness into their day. I suspect some of you reading this are thinking “mindfulness is just the […]