The Resiliency Test

“In real life, as it is in fiction, character is both formed and revealed when we are tested. When we are forced to make decisions under pressure, that test can either make us stronger or it can highlight our weaknesses and crack us into pieces.”    ~ Bryan Cranston, A Life in Parts   There is lots of talk about resiliency lately. Making it through this C-19 world shut down. For some of the world, because families are shut in together, domestic abuse is on the rise. For others, a tighter bond is being forged. For those of us who are

How to Lead Through a Crisis: Part 3 – Will

You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt   In the past two articles we talked about PERCEPTION and ACTION. First you look at an event as something that happened, the facts, removing as much as you can about the story, the interpretation you add to the event. Then you decide what the next best step is to take. You move into action rather than stay stuck in problem admiration. This article is part 3 in Ryan Holiday’s great book, The

How to Lead Through a Crisis Part 2 – Action

When you take action, particularly bold action, the boundaries of what you believe to be possible (your belief system) expand. Which, in turn, gives you the capacity to consider new ideas, new possibilities, and new concepts that you previously thought to be impossible. ~ Robert Ringer   Ryan Holiday wrote a great book titled The Obstacle is the Way. This blog describes the second of the three elements in using the obstacle as the catalyst for moving forward rather than the excuse for turning back. Since I haven’t finished the book yet, here’s a disclaimer that Holiday inspired me with

How to Lead Through a Crisis Part 1 – Perception

  Objective judgement, now, at this very moment Unselfish action, now, at this very moment Willing acceptance – now, at this very moment – of all external events That’s all you need. ~ Marcus Aurelius   We are inundated at this time with the Covid-19 pandemic. And, frankly, I’m tired of it. I’m tired of being at home and not with friends, family, coworkers and clients. I’m tired of not knowing how much longer this will last. I’m tired of figuring out my cash flow projections to see how long it will take before I must start dipping to my

Igniting Inspired Leadership with Your Inner Genius

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning." ~ Albert Einstein Does the following resonate with you? I hear from my clients in leadership that they are overwhelmed with the amount of work they need to get done – and sometimes this makes them procrastinate. I find procrastination is a huge problem with those of us who want to get things done perfectly – or at least mostly perfect! If we can’t do it well, then we push it to the back of our To Do list. This isn’t good

New Year, New Challenges: Why We’re Rebranding Apex Leadership Mastery

For over six years, my team and I have helped businesses achieve transcendent growth through purposeful leadership. We have and will continue to help business leaders overcome limitations, inspire their teams, and foster consistent purposeful growth that helps advance their companies and communities. Often times it is easy to forget that I too am a business owner and team leader. While I am extremely proud of the work that my team and I have been able to accomplish, I must also recognize and overcome my own company’s limitations to set a corrective and beneficial course. Before my clients

Emotional Intelligence Skills – Emotional Expression #4

There’s no “should” or “should not” when it comes to having feelings. They’re part of who we are and their origins are beyond our control. When we can believe that, we may find it easier to make constructive choices about what to do with those feelings. ~ Mister Rogers Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and you knew they were lying, but couldn’t tell why you knew that? There was a TV show I loved named Lie to Me that focused on the micro-expressions of people – those facial movements and involuntary body language – to determine what

Emotional Intelligence Skills – Self-Awareness #3

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. ~ Lao Tzu. Some people would totally disagree with Lao Tzu’s statement. However, I find in my coaching practice that the more questions I can ask, the more my clients get real clarity and the truth of who they are and what they really want rather than staying stuck on the surface wants/needs. These last 3 blogs have been emotional intelligence skills that fall under the Self-Perception umbrella – Self-Regard, Self-Actualization, and Self-Awareness. They all focus on the Inner You

Emotional Intelligence Skills – Self-Actualization #2

You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making. ~ Stephen Richards   What’s great about this quote from Stephen Richards is the fact that if you like who you are, keep doing what you’re doing. And if you don’t like who you are, you have the power to change. People who have their Maslow’s Hierarchy needs met (physiological, safety, love and belonging, and esteem needs) have the need now to pursue a life of meaning. They want to reach their full potential. They want to learn

Emotional Intelligence Skills – Self-Regard #1

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt.   I love this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt. It reminds us that we have choice, we have control over our thoughts, feelings, and actions. People who decide they like who they are, the way they are, warts and all, these are the people who can succeed in many areas of their lives. Why? Because they have a healthy self-regard – that ability to respect yourself, accept yourself, know your strengths and weaknesses. This emotional intelligence skill tends to be associated with feelings of self-worth, self-confidence, inner strength, belief