In this age of “cancel culture,” many people are reluctant to speak their minds for fear of being ridiculed, shamed, or even banished. A superior, holier-than-thou mindset seems to be the new favorite tool of bullies. But more subtle versions have been seen in the workplace for as long as any of us can remember. Here’s an example.
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“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” If that line rings familiar, you recognize it from John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address. In that speech six decades ago, he was talking about international diplomacy. But that sentiment applies just as readily to business deals and personal relationships.
Daniel Goleman, a psychologist and science writer for the New York Times is often credited with popularizing the idea of emotional intelligence. Much has been written and said about the subject since Goleman’s 1995 book. One of the best examinations I’ve seen of the subject is a book titled "Leading With Feeling: Nine Strategies of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership". Here is an interview with the authors.
Let’s get real. Too many people are in the business of busyness. In fact, a crammed-full calendar is sometimes regarded as a badge of honor. Living on the edge of burnout is too often accepted as “just the way it is.” How did we ever get on this deadly and counterproductive merry-go-round? How can we get off?
It’s been said that the fears we don’t face become our limits. That’s certainly the view of consultant and bestselling author Alan Weiss. He’s author of Fearless Leadership: Overcoming Reticence, Procrastination, and the Voices of Doubt Inside Your Head.