It was a big decision to start my own business, and now it's a big decision to move forward in a different way. In the course of making this choice, I reflected on some of the things I've learned as an entrepreneur.
I was asked lately what motivated me to host retreats. I think it started back when I was a teenager going to summer camp. I loved that feeling of having a shared experience in a somewhat isolated place with a group of people. It felt like I bonded with those people in ways that ordinary life didn't offer. I felt like I was more myself in that time than at any other.
That’s the best part about EQ – we all have it. We’re all aware that some things come easier to us, and other areas are where we struggle. We all know – for the most part – that there are ways we can improve our EQ. That’s the other great part – it’s something that we can actually develop. It’s not like IQ, where you pretty much have the brains you have. With EQ, you can work to develop and strengthen areas that are important for you.
EQ doesn’t just apply to leaders – it benefits everyone in a workplace. Qualities like Interpersonal Relationships, Flexibility, and Problem Solving are beneficial for individual contributors as well. In fact, if you start developing your EQ before you move into a leadership role, you’ll have a much greater chance for success.
I’m a big reader, reading more than one book a month, usually fiction or memoirs. I’ve also had these three books on the go for the past couple of months, dipping into them when I have time. As I looked at them sitting on the edge of my desk the other day, I realized that they represent my leadership development theory in book form.
I used to really dislike this statement. I didn’t believe it could be true. How could I not take things personally? I believed that if you were dedicated to your job, then everything that happened at work was personal. I believed that my success or failure was always directly connected to how well I did my work. I felt that my efforts, my faults, my omissions were the sole cause when things didn’t work out perfectly. It was personal.
I'm back home from vacation and excited to jump back into work. I have a long to-do list, and some projects I want to get started on right away. I’m energized, but I can feel the beginnings of that feeling of overwhelm...you might be familiar with this. The feeling that you're so busy that you don't know where to start.