The twists and turns of life produce unforeseen outcomes. The morning of April 30th 2013 started out as a typical Tuesday, each Intraversato family member in his or her get-the-day started process. Fast-forward to 7:25am, the time that showed on my phone when an ambulance, loaded with Pat, my husband and Iron Coaching founder, rushed from our driveway en route to OHSU. Twenty minutes later I received a call from an emergency room neurosurgeon telling me that Pat had an “acute subdural hematoma” - medical terminology for a massive bleed in his brain. Barely comprehending the situation, I authorized them [...]
At the risk of being viewed as politically incorrect I need to ask the question. Where has Good Friday gone? For Christians in America this week is considered to be very special and Good Friday is one of the most important days of the year. Growing up in a Syrian Orthodox home, this was a very special week. Our church had a different service each night of the week, where the priest, deacons and alter boys would act out the scenes from Jesus' last week with his disciples and His journey to the cross. Starting with Palm Sunday, then to [...]
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is at the core of our competencies in relating to others. What are they and why are they necessary both personally and professionally? First, the four main competencies are: Self-awareness – the ability to read one's emotions and recognize their impact while using gut feelings to guide decisions. How may times have you made a decision and looked back on it and thought- maybe if I had taken more time to understand the other person's feelings. Self-management – involves controlling one's emotions and impulses and adapting to changing circumstances. Your company is going through low, moderate, massive [...]
Have you ever wondered why some people are highly motivated and successful in everything they set out to accomplish, while others, who may come from similar backgrounds, fail? What gives some the edge and pushes them to the top, while others have a difficult time getting motivated to move forward? The most important difference between being motivated or demotivated is attitude. A positive attitude and positive self-image create the difference between success and failure in every facet of your existence. Attitude, motivation, and communication skills are the cornerstones for growth. They provide the foundation for success in meeting any challenge. [...]
The Leadership Challenge is a "personal coach in a book". When leaders understand that leadership is a relationship and they begin to engage in the Five Exemplary Practices-Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and Encourage the Heart- they are better able to perform at their personal best. Kouzes and Posner believe, "Inspiring leadership speaks to our need to have meaning and purpose in our lives... a leader must have the ability to bring out the best in others-to enable others to act." Their Ten Commitments of Leadership are at the core of [...]
"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another"