Good Morning Friends!


Is it just me? Or has the whole world become critics?

It seems like each of us is living under a microscope. We are scrutinized for almost everything: what we say, what we don’t say, what we post, how we interact with others, and how we lead. Under constant surveillance, we are often overwhelmed and flooded with raw emotion. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Instead, it can serve as an important reminder to strengthen our self-awareness and to focus on how we come across to others.

Intentional leaders develop and demonstrate a high degree of emotional intelligence — the ability to understand and control our own emotions and the emotions of other people. They deeply understated themselves and, perhaps more importantly, the effect they have on others. They are in touch with — not controlled by — their emotions. In this day and age, a strong sense of self and high emotional quotient has never been more important.

As you head into the weekend, now is a good time to reflect on your level of emotional intelligence. Do you feel you lead authentically? Do you pause before you act? Do take time to really understand others? You might find a free online EQ assessment tool (click here) helpful. The microscope may be on us, but that also means we have the opportunity to rise to the occasion and do and be better.

Signs You Have EQ

There are many great articles offering advice and tips on how to assess and strengthen your EQ. Here’s a quick one (click here) with some awesome tips to check out!

[TED] Compassion-less?

Why aren’t we compassionate more of the time? It’s a question Daniel Goleman, author of “Emotional Intelligence,” asks in this short TED talk (click here). A great talk about the distinction between focusing on ourselves and focusing on others.

By the Numbers

Did you know that 85–87% of our success accounts from soft skills, emotional intelligence, and personal skills, yet we only pay attention to them 10% of the time? This article (click here) dives into the power of the EQ as as secret weapon.

Pause with Emotions

“When awareness is brought to an emotion, power is brought to your life.” – Tara Meyer Robson

I love this quote! Imagine if we treated every emotion – curiosity, angst, excitement, nervousness, unease – with a heightened level of awareness. If we examined the emotion with greater objectivity? Think of how much we could strengthen our relationship with Self!

Workshop Updates

Grab important workshop/conference updates below:

  • September 2: Inspired Leadership Series, save the date!
  • September 15-16: Intentional Leader Executive Retreat, LAST DAY to apply now!
  • RESCHEDULED, ON Leadership Conference: Due to meeting capacity limitations that are expected to be in place until the end of 2020, we will be rescheduling ON for the Spring of 2021. Stay tuned for more!


Warmest Regards,

Tim Hebert