Why Leaders Need Emotional Intelligence: What It Is and How to Get It!

Why Leaders Need Emotional Intelligence: What It Is and How to Get It!

Emotional intelligence is an essential skill of leaders and the cornerstone of most leadership development programs. There’s a reason for this. People do their best work when they’re in a positive emotional state. They think better, are more energetic and creative. And they get better results. Multiple studies have shown this –we are 31% more productive, sales improve by 37%, even doctors make better diagnoses. Bottom line, leaders need these skills not just to be nice; they need them to be effective. As Shawn Achor observes, “Happiness is an incredible competitive advantage.” And we all know what happens to our…

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Job Search Advice for New Grads

Job Search Advice for New Grads

Launch your Career by Following this Job Search Advice for New Grads School’s out and many young people will be hitting the job market for the first time. While youth unemployment is somewhat down (currently at 10.9%), these numbers hide the reality that too many educated young people end up settling for dead end jobs that don’t use their abilities or offer much hope for the future. As I see it, the problem isn’t lack of jobs or even of the right skills, but rather, lack of preparation and know how to get the jobs that match their abilities.  In…

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What to Do When Stress Gets the Best of You

What to Do When Stress Gets the Best of You

If you experience stress from work, you are not alone. According to a 2017 Stats Canada report, one in four Canadian workers report being highly stressed – and 62% of these say that work is the main cause. As a career coach for over 30 years, these statistics come as no surprise.  People are working longer hours than ever before.  The pressure to keep up with new technology and industry changes is increasingly intense.  The home dynamic is also changing.  There are more dual income households, more single parent families and less support from far-flung families.  If you add to…

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