13 Mental Habits Leaders With Emotional Intelligence Will Avoid Like the Plague

Posted on April 17th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

How a leader thinks and then reacts to things is crucial for success. High-functioning, emotionally intelligent leaders can be trusted because their thinking patterns mostly lead to behaviors that foster mutual trust, respect, and inclusiveness.


On the flip side, dysfunctional thinking patterns of bosses lacking emotional intelligence, in my experience, almost always lead to poor decision making. These thought patterns hold them back, destroy trust with others, and damage relationships in the workplace.


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A good first lesson to grow as a leader is to step back and inspect how your thinking patterns impact others.

How to Establish Values on a Small Team

Posted on April 16th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Developing your corporate values early in your company’s history can have a lasting and positive effect on your organization and its culture, and it’s easier to do when your team is small. After all, it’s much easier to steer a four-person speedboat than a 2,000-person cruise ship. Once your team grows larger, it may be challenging to reach consensus around what your values should be.


I’ve worked with a handful of small organizations as they’ve established the cultural tenets of their business — most recently, I went through the process of developing corporate values at my own tech startup. When we first drafted and integrated our values we were a four-person team. We spent a few weeks developing our corporate values together, discussing how the values should be interpreted (and hence applied), and then integrating them into our processes and culture. A year later, we’re 21 people and growing, and our team still references these values multiple times a day.

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Include everyone’s perspective

What Meditating for 100 Days Straight Taught Me About Self-Development

Posted on April 16th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Self-development isn’t as easy as you’d think. And it’s certainly more difficult than you’d hope.


Our modern culture teaches us that self-development is only one purchase away. We’re brainwashed into thinking that we can purchase emotional development in the form of self-help books, phone applications, yoga mats, and other products.


But the truth is that real self-growth requires work. Otherwise, only the wealthy would have access to maturation. And that, as evidenced by our political leaders, is clearly not the case.


As a licensed therapist and executive coach, embodying my values is one of my most important aims in life. Part of doing the work that I do with clients requires me to continually improve myself–because in this field, you can only take others as far as you’ve been yourself. 


That’s the reason I decided to meditate for 100 days straight–to practice what I preach. To do what I say. And to be the congruent person I challenge my clients to become. 


These 100 days have taught me a lot. 

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If you do the same, it’ll change your life.

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