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Core Flexibility for Performance Enhancement

Core Flexibility in Performance Enhancement The Power of Emotional Awareness in Behavioral Change By Steve Whiteford © 2015 I was recently called to coach a young tech professional who was having difficulty changing some detrimental work habits. They were simple patterns like – clocking overtime by working to “perfection” vs. adhering to defined project parameters,…

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Get Over It! Six Reasons Leadership/Executive Presence Still Matters

© Steve Whiteford 2015 Search “Executive Presence” on the internet and you will find tons of articles, and resources for training on the topic. Yet, I consistently see opinion articles that dismiss the validity of the discipline.When I read the trashing of what I have experienced to be core skills of communication, leadership and exemplary…

Openness is Good Management

Not long ago I enjoyed a lecture given by Psychologist, Richard Farson. In his talk he critiqued the very concept of management training. He targeted the idea that management, which is mostly interpersonal relationship, can be accomplished through technique. An example he offered was the practice of using “verbal templates” for effective communication. For instance…

The Truth Is Out

In our current business climate we have some excellent examples of the need for truth and trust in business practices and communication. A few major corporations have given give lip service to ethical accounting practices resulting in major lay-offs, bankruptcy, a crashing market and an extreme loss of trust in American Business. Although hundreds of…

THE CONFLICT FACTOR IN PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

In recent work, I’ve been reminded of the importance of using performance reviews as an effective component of workplace communication. They are often a focus of questions when I present workshops on conflict, and in my conversations regarding effective conflict skills I am often led to quote conflict specialist, Dick Mayer: “A well done performance…

Bodywise: Stuff that Works

The leading question for most of my workshop participants for a variety workplace situations is: How do I overcome ______ (insert: lethargy, inertia, nerves, fear, apprehension, internal blocks…) in order to _______ (insert: improve a relationship, do a great presentation, connect with my boss, move through conflict, feel better about myself, be more effective…)? It’s…

Beyond Confidence, Developing “Fiero”

“Fiero:” the pleasure that comes from meeting a challenge which has stretched you.” That is the definition of an Italian word that describes a particular positive emotion cited in the book Destructive Emotions, by Daniel Goleman. Goleman is an inspirational frontrunner of personal and leadership development. The book presents ever deeper cases that through specific…

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Leadership, Neuroscience, and Presentation

Leadership, Neuroscience and Presentation Copyright: Steve Whiteford 2012 What is old is new. We keep finding out that simple things we’ve known for years, things like eating a balanced meal with fresh vegetables and home-grown food, are really good for you. Recently I’ve been excited to see how advances of neuroscience are substantiating practices I’ve…

The Heart of Leadership; Emotional Effectiveness in Action
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The Heart of Leadership; Emotional Effectiveness in Action

My consulting palette includes Career Transition work, and I’m heartened to say I’ve been inspired many times in the last year by senior managers in job search. Part of the process is to invite candidates to explore and tell their success stories; what makes them unique and valuable. More and more, I hear effective leaders…