Tag Archives: relationships

Live on air – Just what is Emotional Intelligence?

photo of radio microphone - live on air

Earlier this week I appeared on the Knowing Your Business Show on the radio and I thought it would be interesting to share the answers I gave on the programme.  The show interviews business people live on air, every Thursday from 10am to 12pm. The questions asked by the presenters, Ian and Darren, were things like: What is Emotional Intelligence? Is [intellectual] intelligence not enough? Is it for everyone?  Is it for businesses? Why can’t […]

Five more growing pains a company can avoid

businessman thinking about the growing pains of a company

In my last blog I outlined five growing pains a company can avoid; in this blog I cover five more people issues that occur when a company grows in size. When companies or departments grow in size, in terms of the number of people involved, it inevitably means changes to the way people behave and identify with the organisation.  Some people thrive on the change, whilst others find the transition really difficult. By recognising the […]

Are you socially intelligent about social media?

Are you socially intelligent about social media?

With my executive coaching clients I often develop aspects of their Emotional Intelligence (which some call social intelligence) to help improve their communication and relationship skills: self-awareness, so that when situations arise you are aware of your own feeling and emotions; self management, which allows you to pause in your reaction, assess the situation, consider your desired outcome and choose an appropriate response; social awareness, to detect and understand the reaction that your communication or […]

Who wants to play a game?

Family playing a board game together

One of my memories of years gone by was wondering if one of our presents for Christmas would be a new board game.  We ended up with lots of games: Monopoly, Cluedo (known as Clue in North America), Spy Ring, Go, to name but a few. I spent many hours playing them with my Mum and my brother. Looking back it was quite a learning experience: Monopoly was the first time I came across the […]

Letting go of the baby

Baby being handed from one person to another

Owners of small to medium sized businesses often don’t have a clear idea of what will happen with the company when they eventually come to retire or simply want to pursue different interests.  Even when they do, they simply have trouble “letting go of the baby”. Will the company continue?  Is the company in a suitable state to be able to sell it or will it be the case of shutting the door and walking […]

Does your business run like clockwork?

Skeleton watch with cogs visible

The other day I heard someone exclaiming that “your people are your business”, “take away the people and there is no business”.  In the past I would have immediately agreed with this; however now I’d take a different view.  No I’m not discounting the claim – it simply doesn’t go far enough. It’s not just the people; it’s the relationships.  Take the analogy of a clock or a watch; one powered by clockwork as opposed to the […]

I don’t want to be negative, but …

Man receiving negative criticism

In this blog I want you to think about how you interact with other people; in particular how you interact with significant others at home or at work. I first want to look at the effect of negative comments and criticism.  You may have noticed you can say something negative to one person and they take it in the way it was intended, whilst saying the same thing to somebody else results in a negative […]