Tag Archives: Deene Morris

April 21, 2019

How’s Your Daily Grind? In Your Enthusiasm to Meet Goals, Have You Lost Yourself Along the Way?

Are you burning out from the entrepreneurial grind? That’s the question a friend asked recently, and I was startled. Burnout? Grind? Me? No! But her question got my attention. Thinking about it, the only time work became a grind was when I decided I’d be more effective and accepted if I were more like, well, […]

Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Mission & Vision, Stress Management
April 8, 2019

The Wilderness Adventure Continues: Thanks, Gardner Defoe

What does our professional work-life have in common with a bunch of strangers in the wilderness? Actually, a lot. Both require the ability to solve complicated stuff, under duress, for extended periods of time, while working with people we don’t necessarily understand or even like. Kinda like getting married before we’ve even had a chance […]

Conflict Resolution, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development
February 28, 2019

Resiliency and Relationships: How the Grit Grows Into the Pearl

Last week, a dear friend who leads women’s coaching groups, sent me a photo of her web conference set-up. I laughed so hard I was crying. Renovations were going on outside her apartment windows and the only place to avoid the construction and jack hammers was, well, the bathroom. She was poised on the rim […]

Educators, Leadership Development, Mission & Vision, Stress Management
February 13, 2019

The Practice of Leadership and Hospitality: Welcoming Stranger as Guest

We vacationed this summer on an island nestled on a remote lake in Maine. Guests had their own cottages and the lodge was the only location to access Wi-Fi. I had no phone service whatsoever. However, what I did have – we all had – was an abundance of hospitality from staff and guests alike. At […]

Conflict Resolution, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Personality Types, Stress Management, Team Building
February 8, 2019

Baked or Half Baked Cake?

Idea Implications for Extraversion and Introversion Preferences How you prefer to bake your cake has enormous implications for team meetings and creative problem solving. For example, 50% of us get energy – more and more of it – from group conversations. We scramble over one other excitedly interrupting. The more we talk, the more energy […]

Assessments, Organizational Development, Personality Types
February 7, 2019

Who’s Indispensable and Nearly Invisible on Your Team: Who’s Hector Today?

I did it again. This morning I watched helplessly as the steel cut oats violently erupted up and over the saucepan, splattering a frothy film that seared a hard crust all over the stove.  A spectacular mess. This puzzles me because I’m an accomplished cook, as I should be.  As former co-entrepreneur of an all-natural […]

Business Partnerships, Conflict Resolution, Family Owned Businesses, Leadership Development, Organizational Development, Team Building
May 8, 2018

Feedback: The Most Undervalued EQ Skill

Feedback is an invaluable tool to enhance team and individual performance. It’s your gift of data to your team and directly tied to psychological safety. It’s also grossly misunderstood, undervalued and underutilized. According to psychologist Richard L. Williams, there are only two types of feedback that matter: Positive Feedback– For behavior repetition Corrective Feedback – […]

Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Development, Organizational Development, Team Building
May 4, 2018

From Dartboard to Directional Guide: When Your Value Statement Points to True North

 I once worked for an organization that required all employees to smile at every (single) visitor within 5 seconds of passing them. That’s right. Antennae out – smile on – 24/7. While the idea was credible – let’s make everyone feel welcome – the initiative failed miserably because it was impossible to apply consistently. As […]

Mission & Vision, Organizational Development, Team Building