Warning: Second Hand Conflict can be dangerous to your organizational health!

Today's business leaders are searching for ways to reduce interpersonal conflict and to create the type of organizational health that delivers sustainable business results.  There has been plenty written in the past decade regarding the importance of organizational health and it’s correlation to results.  Just pick up Pat Lencioni’s most recent book, The Advantage. In the title Pat’s states that organizational health trumps everything else. Although I agree with Pat, one basic concept that doesn’t seem to be getting much attention is the cost of second hand conflict on organizational health and sustainable successful results. What I find interesting is [...]

Film Room #4: Going Beyond

I hope you enjoy another installment of our Film Room series. Though we are 3 weeks into the 2014 season, this edition chronicles their 2013 championship year. Our continued thanks go out to Coach for sharing his story. Go Cougars! “Our first year in the NCAA was like being a toddler learning to walk consistently. We kept falling down, yet were eager to try again. Getting up was frustrating, but we wanted to move forward. It was harder than we imagined, in part because we didn’t yet know what we didn’t know.” (Victor Santa Cruz, head football coach, Azusa Pacific [...]

Film Room #3: The Turnaround

“Within each player or coach is the root or seed of his motivation. As a leader, even when you’re motivated to learn and improve, you may still be creating an environment that frustrates those around you, and zaps their motivation. Leaders have to work from the places that motivate those around them."   Victor Santa Cruz, head football coach, Azusa Pacific University The intensity of coaching a college football program is well documented. Just consider how many hours of media are dedicated to breaking down coaching decisions and analyzing critical in-game moments. Coach Victor Santa Cruz of the Azusa Pacific [...]

The Curve Ball I Didn’t See

Today marks the one-year anniversary of my brush with death and real life lesson that, no matter how hard we try to we control things, life often throws an unexpected curve ball. I use the baseball analogy because it was in the beginning of the last year’s Little League baseball season (where I’m another kind of coach) when the Intraversato family got the pitch they did not expect. Life was going well. Both Sophia and Anthony were excelling in school and their spring sports, tennis and baseball. Sandy’s new position at an innovation firm was keeping her challenged and Iron [...]

By |2018-07-19T21:36:23+00:00April 30th, 2014|Intentional Living, Motivation, Tools and Insights|

New Face at Iron Coaching

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 [...]

Developing Emotional Intelligence

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 [...]

Keys to Motivating Yourself and Others

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. [...]

By |2018-07-19T21:39:50+00:00March 22nd, 2012|Motivation, Uncategorized|