Authenticity

Oct 30

Snap Out of It!: How Being In-Trance Can Distort Our Social Skills

Because I’m an advocate of full transparency, I must make a confession: I felt a bit like Captain Obvious this month, using the DRIVEN blog to detail the importance of our culturally-embedded social skills….you know, those interactions of professionalism that…
Oct 23

The Eyes Have It: Refining Your Social Skills Through Appropriate Eye Contact

In order to engage with colleagues professionally and effectively, it’s crucial to eliminate any preoccupations with or insecurities about our own communication techniques. Having a solid handle on our social skills in the workplace assures those communications go smoothly, and…
Sep 12

Cracking The Kindness Code: The Quest To Define Self-Compassion

In our exploration of emotional intelligence, the big questions lately have been, “How do we develop compassion?”, and more specifically, “What is the magical ‘fourth step’ that bridges us from empathy to the mutually beneficial state of compassion?”. In a…
Jul 05

DRIVEN Turns The Corner: Gearing Up for GRACE In The Workplace℠

We spent a considerable amount of time during the last quarter exploring Trust in the workplace. This included abundant blog articles and workshops designed to outline the components of trust, to pinpoint the ways in which stress fogs our ability…
May 30

I Once Was Blind: 3 Ways That Unconscious Bias Can Be An Eye-Opener

Ah, the deceptive blind spot. Each of us is plagued by a few, which serve as big barriers to clear communications and a workplace culture of trust. That is, unless we actively arrange for those blind spots to be revealed…
Mar 21

Self-Orientation: Make It Your Common Denominator

In the quest to understand how trust is cultivated in today’s corporate environment, we’ve been dissecting and distilling down Maister’s Trust Equation. So far, we’ve made quite a few discoveries, not the least of which is that the word Trust…
Feb 14

Workplace Communications 2.0: Connecting Through Safe Rapport

As professionals, when we begin to learn the art of connecting with others, the advantages of trust and empathy are revealed. As illustrated through Johari’s Window in a recent DRIVEN article, sharing information with others about ourselves should unfold in…
Nov 10

We Know You’re In There: Smoking Out The Hidden Impostor

Think about the woman described here: She is well-educated, honest, ambitious, and has landed herself an excellent job with a respected firm. Yet somehow, she tends to frequently underestimate herself, characterized by a fear of failure and an underlying sense…
Apr 05

Something’s Gotta Give: My Initiative For Fragrance-Neutral Dining

The restaurant business. I know it well, from both sides of the table. I’ve done my share of dining out, for business and for sport. I’ve proudly been part of the wait staff at several of NYC’s most elite dining…
Nov 27

A Night At The Improv: How DRIVEN Event Participants Learned To Play Their Professional Roles

We had a sneaking suspicion that exploring improvisation would be an entertaining and laughter-filled exercise for the DRIVEN Professionals in attendance at last week’s live workshop  Using Improvisation In Business, with guest presenter and improv coach Paige Wilhide. But what…