The most forgotten leadership skill

The most forgotten leadership skill

As an ambitious professional, I’m guessing that you’ve taken some fascinating and insightful leadership courses in your life— perhaps a workshop on public speaking or how to have courageous conversations. Maybe you’ve completed a self assessment on your personality type at some point.   But, have you ever been for “Appreciation Training”?   Probably not. Appreciation awareness and training is often left off the development checklist. In fact, appreciation is such a forgotten leadership skill that it can be considered the root cause of many horrifying employee engagement statistics.  In a study by Kelton Research , they found that 56% of employed Americans  say that apart from compensation and benefits, being appreciated would motivate them to stay in their current position – even more so than an opportunity to advance their career (46 percent).   Feeling appreciated for the work you are doing matters. It grows pride in your abilities and project outcomes. A little appreciation goes a long way in the currencies of empowerment and motivation.   Many organizations have solid recognition systems but lack simple appreciation reminders. We explore the differences between recognition and appreciation in this episode of the Leadership Lounge ( and also give you a simple 3 step proven process to master the art of appreciation!) Remember, Be generous in your praise and you’ll notice you’re on the path to greatness.@passionigniter Click To Tweet Here’s where you can kick it into action: Think of 1 person you can appreciate TODAY then use the SIP method to declare your appreciation. It can be at work or at home ( there are probably opportunities for more appreciation all around you).  Let...
Boardroom Body Language

Boardroom Body Language

We are always communicating, even when our lips are sealed. Many of us are aware of the role body language can play in our messaging however how often do we consciously choose our gestures, posture and facial expressions? Ready to ramp up your leadership presence at work? I heard a virtual “oh yeah!” You can leverage body language to be a powerful tool at work. Take team meetings for example, there are multiple ways you can communicate agreement, encouragement or distaste and protest to colleagues using your body as the loud speaker.  In fact, I’d like to share with you body language hacks you can start using in team meetings starting today. Check out this video below.   Announcing our new Leadership Show! This is the first episode. You can expect monthly episodes packed with the latest leadership content & action-oriented challenges that you can implement at work to stand out starting today. Have a topic idea for the next show? Put it in the comments below or email us at...
Why you should be inauthentic

Why you should be inauthentic

Last Thursday, I attended TEDxToronto. I was blown away by a few of the talks- like Darrel Bricker speaking on the hidden opportunity of new immigrants in Canada or Gabrielle Scrimshaw’s quest to eliminate stereotyping by building a profession Indigenous networking community or Dr Steve Mann’s fascinating revelations of surveillance vs. sousveillance.  Meeting  people from diverse cultural, social and academic backgrounds,  we were able to connect and discuss some pretty profound and sometimes uncomfortable topics like suicide, aboriginal minorities, chinese human rights, human surveillance, cyber-robots and feminism. The day ended on an interesting note with Mark Bowden. He had the audacity to come onto stage and tell us all to be inauthentic. The part that blew me away is that…he’s right! Don’t get flustered just yet. Let me explain.   Mark Bowden knows body language. Author of ‘Winning Body Language’ and ‘Taming the Primitive Brain’, he has studied performance and body language for decades. He described that there are 4 categories of primitive brain will go into when you meet someone for the first time: 1. Friendly–> approach 2. Enemy –> retreat 3. Potential sexual partner–> flirt and approach 4. Indifferent We are drawn in by people who look and act like us (therefore remind us of one of our own tribe). We instinctively recognize predators and steer clear of them. Yet, the interesting part is that we are all pre-programmed by default to be indifferent to new people we meet.  This default setting represents our authentic selves. Allowing this concept to sift through my head for the rest of the evening, it sounded as though our authentic defaults are...
Breaking the news that you are leaving on a jet plane

Breaking the news that you are leaving on a jet plane

You have decided to pick up from your current life, get on a plane and base yourself in another part of the world.  You may be embarking on a round the world trip, beginning your studies abroad or moving closer to your partner on the other side of the world.  Whatever the adventure is, you will in fact be leaving on a jet plane, sometimes unsure if and when you will return. So, how exactly do you break the news to your family and friends?   Here are 5 tips to help you break the news  (and inevitably persuade them to throw you a rocking goodbye party):   1.  Let them in on your plan The surprise that you are jumping on a plane tomorrow and potentially never coming back can shock the heck out of parents! One way to turn your family and friends into supportive cheerleaders is to let them in on your master plan. Tell them what your intentions are, what you are hoping to get out of this adventure and why its so important to you. Be transparent on the timelines of when you are leaving and for how long you might be away. Start a conversation with them about it instead of blurting the news then boarding the plane.   2. Focus on the benefits “But where will you live?” How will you find a job? What if you get sick?” These are common questions that may flood the minds and mouths of your parents.  Your family and friends care about you and take comfort in knowing that you will be happy and fulfilled...
Dream it, Intend it, Live it: Dream Hunter Interview in Peru

Dream it, Intend it, Live it: Dream Hunter Interview in Peru

How do you go from being a 20-something party animal in Miami to a restaurant & business owner in The Sacred Valley, Peru?  Dream it.  Intend it.  Live it. We learn how in this Dream Hunter Interview with Daya in the Sacred Valley town of Pisac in sunny Peru. Daya Nimai Das (DND) is a Lima native who moved to Pisac, a small town in the Sacred Valley, to follow his karmic path. Which in his case, was pursuing his dream of owning his own vegetarian restaurant. Relish this story of dreams coming alive…. (TD)  What did you want to be when you grew up? (DND)  I knew I wanted to step out of the city. I wanted to break from social patterns. I imagined living with my friends on an island somewhere- very community based. It’s interesting cause that’s what Pisac feels like.   (TD) So where does your story start Daya? (DND)  I was living in South Beach Miami and looking for answers in all the wrong places. One day I met some Khrisna devotees and walked with them, chanting. As we walked, I noticed other people’s reaction to us. I saw fear, dismissal, curiosity.  It was my wake up call.  Through this group, I met a guy who introduced me to guru and I went through the initiation rituals and process. It’s where I got my spiritual name. Ever since then, I’ve been surrounded by this karmic energy and mantras.   (TD)  How did you first declare then manifest this Pisac dream? (DND)  I visited Pisac one day with my friend and I thought this was...
The missing link for a meaningful connection

The missing link for a meaningful connection

Many of us try time and again to really connect with people- whether it`s a first date,  integrating into new social circles or even having a family chat around the dinner table.  Sometimes it feel superficial and   like we are only talking about the week`s weather forecast.  So, what`s the missing link to boost these conversations to the next level? Vulnerability.   It’s the key to connecting with another human being. Being vulnerable means letting others see who you really are not who you think you should be.  Vulnerability is the catalyst for authenticity which in turn breeds deep connection. Brene Brown teaches us the impact vulnerability can have on connection.   What she said: Brene’s lesson: Connection is why we’re here. It gives purpose and meaning to our lives. My Takeaway: My heart expanded when I heard this. Brene put into words what I had been feeling the entire time whilst backpacking the world. Many people believed I was travelling the world to’find myself’ or for a vacation however the journey was something entirely different for me. I had come from a role and place in life where I felt disconnected. Disconnected from my values, disconnected from my loved ones and disconnected from myself.  My journey was about connection. I found connection in the most unassuming places- like 15, 000 ft in the New Zealand sky or sweaty on a dance floor in Colombia or in an overheated bus speeding through the backroads of Bali. I reconnected to myself by living my values. I connected with others by giving myself permission to listen wholeheartedly and non-judgmentally to their stories....