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Are emotions contagious in the workplace?

Have you ever had the experience of working at a place and just feeling bad every day?  Maybe your stomach was always in knots.  Maybe you just couldn’t sleep at night.  Or maybe your body physically hurt.  You just hurt, every day.  Simply put, you didn’t feel good.  Maybe you wondered if you were going […]

3 ways to strengthen your EQ

Conversational déjà vu.  This has been my life over the last few months. I seem to keep having the same conversation over and over again.  It goes something like this: Person: “You know, X is really great at what he or she does (dramatic pause)… but, there is something about the way they go about […]

What my dog taught me about EQ

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is an interesting concept.  For those of you unfamiliar with the idea, it goes something like this…  We all have some level of baseline intelligence (IQ).  And IQ is a wonderful thing.  It is great for standardized tests and doing quantum physics in our head (if you like that sort of thing).  But […]

4 things parents can teach every leader

Parenting is hard.  And hard things teach lessons.  Being a parent has taught me more about leadership than any leadership roles I’ve held or books that I’ve read.  But before I dive into some of those lessons, let me open with some parenting background on me.  Consider following nuggets straight out of my parenting resume: I […]

What great leaders can teach parents about culture

I’m a culture geek.  I’m not afraid to admit it.  I’m a pocket-protector-wearing culture nerd.  While others think about stuff like who’s going to win the Super Bowl or the latest round of celebrity gossip, I think about culture.  Disney parks, Ritz Carlton hotels, Google, SouthWest Airlines, NetFlix, Chick-fil-A, etc… if the company is associated […]

Why Good Parents Make Great Leaders

I need to come clean with you.  Open kimono.  Full transparency.  The naked truth.  Here it is: I’m tired.  I’m cranky. I have less patience with others.  And I’m a better leader and person today than I used to be.  “What are you talking about Brandon?  What could have happened to you?  After all, you used […]

Why my clients get fired

I have an interesting job.  Some might call it a little crazy (I wouldn’t disagree).  After all, who’s ever heard of a workplace therapist?  When I’m doing my workplace therapist thing, one of the more important roles I play is that of an executive coach.  And let me tell ya, this “coaching thing” can take many forms.  […]