BECOMING THE BEST YOU AS A LEADER 
                                                                      BEYOND EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE 
                              IN THE ZONE 


Increasing Inner Peace: the Start of Designing Yourself as Leader

It’s often overlooked in the corporate context, but having inner peace is fundamental for leaders as they steer their organisations through turbulent times and change.    

Inner peace manifests in equanimity, open-mindedness, continuous and agile learning, and eagerness to collaborate amid disruption. 

It means you can spend more of your time and energy focused on the things you want to create.

As you exude more calm you foster environments of calm and clear thinking. You help to defuse anxiety that other team members may be feeling and communicate in ways that create human connection and relatedness.

Overall, this is about coming home to and feeling more comfortable within the self. The authentic self.


Decision-making (Head, Heart and Gut)

Mental capacity is everything to leaders. It’s the fuel for information gathering, decision-making and problem-solving abilities.

Data is important, of course, but not enough. The situations that leaders deal with are often too complex and fast moving to rely on data alone.

As a leader, to function at your best, you need access to broader information to make better decisions.

That’s where the head, heart and gut model comes in. It expands your awareness and helps you connect and listen even in crisis situations.


Elevating Consciousness:
Becoming the Leader You’re Meant to Be

This could also be called answering the call of the authentic self as a leader.

Greater inner resources create greater business results. You gain new perspectives and uncover new possibilities and choice points that weren’t visible before.

This is about stepping into more of your potential. As a leader and a human being. Getting out of your own way. Taking leadership consciousness to a deeper level.

Uncovering limitations, discovering new perspectives, and rejecting the status quo to emerge as a wiser, more gracious, and empathetic human.


People Building

Besides being problem solvers and decision makers, one of the central roles of leadership is people building.

Creating great places to work isn’t about superficial things like foosball tables, but rather becoming an organization that helps lift people up into their own growth and learning.

Empowering people to feel like they’re living their best selves and unlocking their potential.

How do you infuse every position in the company with opportunities to learn, grow, and get better?

How do you light the fire within people to want to grow and get better?

We combine the best of science and personal growth in bringing those answers to the table.


Team Building

Do you know the secret to high-performing teams?

Google spent over two years conducting more than 200 interviews with and studying more than 250 attributes seeking to figure out what sets most effective teams apart.

They thought they’d find that high-performing teams shared a perfect mix of individual traits and skills. The idea of assembling a dream team.

They were wrong.

What they discovered that who is on a team isn’t as important as how team members interact, structure their work, and view their contributions.

They found 5 key dynamics that set the most effective teams apart:

  1. Psychological safety: the ability to take risks on a team without feeling insecure or embarrassed
  2. Dependability: Being able to count on one another
  3. Clarity: Clear goals, roles, and execution plans
  4. Meaning: Finding work personally important
  5. Purpose & Impact: Believing their work matters

Out of those 5, psychological safety was far and away the most essential. 

In fact, it’s the foundation the other four. Psychological safety affects nearly every important workplace dimension.

People on teams with higher psychological safety bring in more revenue, capitalize on diverse ideas more often, and are less likely to leave the company. Executives rate them as effective twice as often.

Yet it’s probably the most overlooked factor.

Psychological safety may sound simple, but our fears of being poorly perceived are deeply wired. It’s easy to assume that psychological safety is in place when it isn’t. 

Most workplaces, organizations – and even homes are lacking in psychological safety. We aim to change that.


Beyond EQ

One of the biggest places people are disempowered – where they struggle – is around their emotions. 

We haven’t been properly taught what emotions are and how to deal with them.

Models like EQ teach us mental awareness of emotions but not how to resolve and integrate them.

Beyond EQ explores how to decode our feelings to harvest the wisdom and guidance.

It brings a deeper understanding of our emotional processes and higher level development.

Things like:

  • Getting triggered,
  • How hidden motivations and needs can interfere with your service as a leader,
  • Not getting hooked by others’ unhealthy emotional responses,
  • The essential, life-changing shift from self-as-enemy to self-as-ally,
  • How and why we repress and suppress,
  • Self-differentiation and its importance to health, regeneration and potential,
  • and common sticking points like trying to prove ourselves and struggling with or avoiding difficult conversations.

Beyond EQ explores how our emotions work within our larger consciousness and how we can use them to grow in consciousness. 

The new success is connected success.

Success that doesn’t bypass the self.

Connected success equals emotionally healthy and comfortable leaders. That pays out big dividends.

Not just in all the painful and costly stuff you avoid – things like poor decisions, burnout, disconnection, divorce and other relationship issues…
but also in the gains – the sense of thriving and helping others to do the same, the ability to think at a higher scale – and the many advantages that trickle down to the people and company.


In the Zone

A lot of leaders think the trick to performing better is to work harder. But there’s great power in working smarter rather than harder. In being able to direct and channel your strengths in each moment.

An aspect of this is spending more time in the zone.

The zone is the ultimate experience of optimal performance. It’s a feeling of using your skills to the utmost.

It’s key to eureka moments and breakthroughs. In the zone, we feel connected to something bigger and more expansive than ourselves.

It feels as though your consciousness expands.

As though time is spacious. Everything is still coming at you at the same speed, but none of it feels overwhelming.

Your mind is open, able to keep track of numerous elements at once.

Bill Moyers, author of The Power of Myth put it this way: The athlete who is in championship form has a quiet place within himself. And it’s out of that that his action comes. If he’s all in the action field, he’s not performing properly.”


Using Meditation to Expand Yourself

You may or may not have had success with meditation in the past.

Either way, there’s much more.

It’s time to look at meditation in a bigger way.

First, we need to get meditation off the mat by recognizing that these are natural brain states. These deeper states give you access to problem-solving information and faster learning and healing capabilities.

The goal is to learn to harness them so you can access the best states to capitalize on the moment in your every day living.

Second, meditation is usually taught in a passive way.

There are loads of types of meditations. Each has various strengths and limitations. For example, meditation on the breath is one of the most common meditations taught.

But if you’re a leader looking for more creativity and insights, it’s the wrong meditation.

Before choosing a practice, ask yourself what you want to grow in your life and leadership.

What are your goals? Your challenges and aspirations?

Then design your meditations with the right practices to actively further your growth.

Lastly, the secularization of meditation helped spread it far and wide. But it lost much of its transformative powers in the translation. I play in the zone of bringing them back.


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