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How Emotional Intelligence Helps Leaders
How Emotional Intelligence Helps Leaders

Since leadership is predominately about influence, a leader looking to grow will need to learn how to become better at positively influencing the people they lead. Here is how emotional intelligence helps leaders.

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Why Conflict Will Always Repeat Itself

Healthy conflict often represents an opportunity for growth and greater understanding. It is not the conflict that presents the biggest challenge, it how we process through and react to the conflict that gets us into trouble. Here we explore healthy conflict in more detail as well as unhealthy conflict.

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When Facing Conflict—Shut up or Blowup?

When conversations get heated or start to derail, it is easy to feel like you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Most human beings, when cornered by a situation or person—favor two options. They shut up, or they blow up. Why is that?

What We Can Learn from Olympic Athletes
What We Can Learn from Olympic Athletes

We have a lot to learn about thriving under pressure from this year’s Olympic athletes—and it isn’t limited to an elite group. Here in this video we look at the role emotions play in difficult situations and what you can do about it.

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How to Handle Difficult Personalities

Here we share four key attributes that make people difficult to work with. Recognizing these key attributes will not only help you diagnose where relationships are going wrong—it will help you build the skills to work through those attributes effectively. Watch our latest video series to learn more.

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More Tips for Having Tough Talks with Your Teen

In this article, we explore more tips for having tough talks with your teens. Talking to your teenagers about topics like alcohol, drug use, social media, bullying, and sexuality are not easy things. You’ll learn how to do that here.

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How to Create a Safe Environment in Difficult Conversations

In order to have a successful difficult conversation—you need to create the right environment. Creating a safe environment for open dialogue when emotions are high and the tension is real can be hard to do. This week we share practical tips on how you can create a respectful environment that everyone feels safe to share in.