GUIDELINES FOR JOURNALING

There’s no right or wrong way to keep a journal. You don’t need expensive equipment. The tools are a notebook—whether a special blank book, a composition book from your local drugstore, or loose-leaf pages—and a pen you enjoy.

HOW DEFENSIVE ARE YOU?

Sometimes our defensiveness can get in the way of great self-awareness and deeper relationships with others. How defensive are you? Reflect on the ten following questions or inner thoughts and see if they show up in conversations you have from time to time.

HOW PRESENT ARE YOU?

The following are 20 reflection questions to assess how present are you are in daily life. It is important that we ask them in a spirit of curiosity rather than judgement.

ARE YOU LIVING IN SYNC WITH YOUR VALUES?

Fulfillment in life and work is related to how well you are living in alignment with your values. Values are not morals or principles. They are the essence of who you are—not who you think you should be.

10 REFLECTION QUESTIONS FOR LEADERS/MANAGERS

The foundation of great leadership and management is self-awareness. The temptation of any new leader and manager is to “do” things when more reflection is what might be required. Here are ten questions which can be used to grow you awareness.

EQ AT THE MOVIES INSIDE OUT

Every now and then there comes a movie that speaks to us on many different levels. One of them is Inside Out. As with many Pixar movies, on the surface it seems to be a wonderful children’s tale about our emotional lives except it speaks to everyone no matter what their age.

5 SENSE STRESS REDUCTION

Our five senses are the primary means through which we experience the world. From time to time, our experiences with our senses can be stressful. However, our senses can also be used to do the opposite and help us come to a more relaxed state. Here are examples for each of the senses:

FINDING HUMOR

Being humorous is not easy. It takes work. Perhaps the biggest mistake that people make is inserting a cheesy joke at the beginning of a presentation and ticking the humor box.

DEALING WITH STRONG EMOTIONS MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

Otto Scharmer, senior lecturer at MIT and founding chair of the Presencing Institute, has said that “holding space is the single most important leadership capacity going forward.” Holding space here means the ability to sit with any difficult situation and not rush to impose an outcome or find a simple fix to it.