Natural Wisdom Seekers: Labyrinths, Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Wisdom

by: Vanessa Downing, PHD, ACC As human beings, we tend to all be natural wisdom seekers. GroupWorks consultants have the opportunity to use what they learn to benefit clients and communities.  We recently checked in with a few of our team members to find out what they are sharing with clients and community members. Labyrinth Building Clare Sautter is a lifelong learner and recently took a creativity course where labyrinths were one of the resources offered. Clare dove deep into [...]

By |2022-11-14T12:55:54-05:00November 14th, 2022|Coaching, Coaching Leader Program Team, Emotional Intelligence, Group Works Global Team, Leadership, Professional Efficacy|Comments Off on Natural Wisdom Seekers: Labyrinths, Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Wisdom

Well-Being at Work: It’s About Leadership!

By: Vanessa Downing, PHD, ACC “People don’t flee bad jobs, they flee bad bosses.” Years of research on turnover supports that this oft-spouted cliché tends to be overwhelmingly true. And the inverse is true as well: good bosses positively impact the performance and productivity of their direct reports, and their teams quit at lower rates than their “bad boss” peers (Shaw, 2019). As an executive coach and psychologist, I’ve had multiple experiences of supporting high achieving, engaged coaching clients as [...]

By |2022-07-24T10:16:57-04:00July 22nd, 2022|Coaching, Coaching Leader Program Team, Emotional Intelligence, Group Works Global Team, Leadership, Professional Efficacy|Comments Off on Well-Being at Work: It’s About Leadership!

Brief Goal-Focused Coaching (BGFC)

Years ago, I worked with a large health insurance company conducting outcome research for short-term, solution-focused therapy. For therapists — and mostly for insurance companies — the focus was on proving that short-term therapy was as effective as long term therapy. It came as no surprise to me that the outcomes were mixed; there are many of variables, including patient engagement and highly varied clinical issues. One unexpected outcome of this method I found, though, is that some of these [...]

By |2022-02-05T10:15:07-05:00February 4th, 2022|Coaching, Leadership, Professional Efficacy, Team Performance|Comments Off on Brief Goal-Focused Coaching (BGFC)

How to Make Empathy a Renewable Resource in Your Organization

Developing or refreshing empathy skills is a win-win for employees and companies. Empathy is one’s ability to take someone else’s perspective and, in some cases, actually feel what they do in a given moment or situation. (For instance, you are empathizing when you cry because you feel the sadness of a character in a book or movie.) The literature points to three types of empathy “cognitive empathy – the ability to understand another person’s point of view; emotional empathy – [...]

By |2021-12-07T20:48:41-05:00December 7th, 2021|Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Professional Efficacy, Team Performance|Comments Off on How to Make Empathy a Renewable Resource in Your Organization

Should I Partner with an Executive Coach…or Become One?

Twenty-first-century managers, regardless of expertise, are challenged every today to meet rapidly changing societal and business needs. Traditional command-and-control practices no longer work.To succeed, today’s leaders must step back from traditional methods like doing, telling, and directing and embrace a more collaborative approach to managing and leading. When to Partner with a Coach A growing majority of leaders today utilize an executive coach as a thought partner to optimize their own performance and they bring that wisdom to their own [...]

By |2021-11-16T15:54:27-05:00November 16th, 2021|Coaching, Leadership, Professional Efficacy|Comments Off on Should I Partner with an Executive Coach…or Become One?

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