Five Reasons Executives Need a Coach

Leadership is an art. While many leadership traits come naturally it is only through education, training, learning and experience that leadership skills become refined. There is a common misconception that only poor performers or under performers need business coaching. This is certainly not the case. Most of the leading CEOs and business leaders around the world have received and recommend business coaching, from Microsoft’s Bill Gates to Google’s Eric Schmidt.

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5 tips for Teachers on How to Boost Your Wellbeing

Educators have a lot of responsibility, regardless of the age of their students. From coaching them in literacy, numeracy and sport, to physically protecting them from harm, teachers have to be vigilant and switched on at all times. As a result, it’s crucial that teachers maintain their personal wellbeing, so they can continue giving their all in the workplace.

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Active Listening for Leaders

Being a great leader is not just about what you say and do, it involves listening to the voices of others too. Active listening is an essential leadership skill and core component of emotional intelligence. How many times have employees within organisations said that they just want their voices to be heard? People want leaders who listen to them, and doing so is a very effective way to inspire and motivate them.

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The Importance of Showing Vulnerability as a Leader

Although we go to great lengths to hide our own vulnerability, it is most often the vulnerable leaders who share their weaknesses and struggles that we find the most authentic, inspiring and easy to connect with. Not only does vulnerability allow us to be our authentic selves, it is a powerful tool that we can use to empower others. So how does one go about utilising their vulnerability as a leader? Read the full blog to learn more….

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Developing Heightened Emotional Intelligence

Our emotions drive our behaviour and have an impact on others. We respond to stimuli in our environment on an emotional level and many of our decisions are based on these feelings.  Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is defined as the ability to recognise, understand and manage our own emotions as well as recognise, understand and influence the emotions of others. While emotional intelligence is commonly treated as a quality in and of itself it is actually a collection of many traits.

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Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

The mind is a powerful thing. Sometimes the biggest obstacle to our success is our own thinking. Our mindset can limit us or set us free. No one understands this quite like Carol Dweck, a Stanford University researcher best known for her work on fixed and growth mindsets and her groundbreaking book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. At Mind Strength, we work a lot with our clients to help them develop a growth mindset.

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Bringing Mindfulness Into Your Workday

The concept of mindfulness has been around for more than 2000 years but it has only started to show up in business practice in recent years. Major organisations including Google and Harvard Business School are leading the way with recognising the importance of mindfulness and have incorporated it’s principles into their leadership programs and training. Here are some tips for incorporating mindfulness into your day and work.

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Dealing with Aggressive People at Work

We all encounter aggressive personalities throughout our lives. We are often able to avoid people we clash with. However, when these people are our employees or coworkers we can not simply avoid them. Avoiding aggression can create a toxic work environment and decrease team cohesion and communication. Learning how to deal with these people in an emotionally intelligent manner will make life much easier and improve the workplace atmosphere. Aggression can be turned into cooperation and condescension can become respect. Here are some strategies for effectively understanding and dealing with aggressive people in the workplace...

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