Archive for the ‘Emotional Intelligence’ Category

when touchy-feely isn’t your nature

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
The other day a young woman was referred to me who has been in the job market for well over a year.  She has a great resume and consistently gets two interviews per month, BUT NO OFFERS. She's a financial analyst by training and quite brilliant by anyone's standards and yet, she cannot get hired.  After speaking with her for about an hour, here's what I learned:
  • She's strong INTJ on the Myers-Briggs Scale
  • She considers herself to be a no-nonsense, shoot from the hip, call-em-as-I-see-em person, in other words "If    Read More

moving towards “count-on-ability”

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

PromisespromisesThe reality is that as human beings, we want to be trustworthy which means we also want to be accountable (or rather "count-onable").  Have you ever met someone who aspired not to be?  The challenge is that somewhere along the line, we learned that it was "ok" to break our word.  That the world is, in fact, so accepting of it that we no longer feel bad when it occurs.  We have confused the "promise" of getting something done with the    Read More

holding a higher standard for personal accountability

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Accountability1 I was reading a blogpost recently that spoke to the issue of accountability, specifically on the leaders responsibility to hold people accountable for what they said they would do.

I was disappointed....

While there is truth in the old adage that "people will do what they know gets checked", I'm not sure if that equates to people being accountable.  More often than not it becomes more about fear-based motivation rather than accountability...

While that    Read More

self-awareness is not just for ‘leaders’

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Insight Self-awareness is one of the few leadership competencies that can have a tremendous impact on career success or failure and yet, it is the competency that most leaders are uncomfortable with.  The idea of having a mirror held up that invites feedback (ie. criticism in most of our minds) is perhaps one of the most fearful components of growing in self-awareness. 

Remember that feedback is but one way to enhance one's self awareness.  Here are a few others:

check out this list to see if your work environment supports your core values

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Boardroom In our work at Leadership on Speed LLC, we often get calls from career professionals when they begin a job transition process.  One of the first exercises we do is to explore our clients core values.  Why?  Clarity surrounding values supports their ability to find work within organizations that afford the best fit both technically and professionally.  Otherwise, individuals are at risk for potentially getting a great offer but being unfulfilled in the long term.  In a society that has often measured success    Read More

acknowledging fallability as a strength

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

"Self-awareness means having a deep understanding of one's emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs and drives."


Selfaware sunset Self-awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence.  Without it, all other learning becomes purely superficial.  We must understand that our success in business is predicated on others perceptions of who we are and how they experience what we say or do combined with our ability to assess our environment, our performance, our drivers and our emotions in order to accurately engage with and increase effectiveness with those around    Read More

is emotional intelligence hype or reality?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

EI headAt Leadership on Speed LLC, our "raison d'etre" is to support business success at all levels through a core understanding of how individuals "show up" and are experienced in the work place - in other words, one's level of self-awareness.  From a place of self-awareness, we can then work and train on communication, leadership, integrity, interpersonal skills and a host of commonly called "soft skills" that are not simply important, but critical to long-term success, in business and in life.

Interestingly enough,    Read More