Unconscious bias, emotional intelligence and leadership

The strength of unconscious bias is it can help us think and make decisions quickly. The downside of unconscious, or implicit, bias is that it is unconscious and we do not know the extent of the impact on our thinking and decision-making. Once we become aware of these biases, we have more choice over their influence on us….

Self-Regard: the conundrum of women in leadership

Self-Regard is an emotional intelligence competency that is often touted as central to effective leadership. But how is self-regard shaped by cultural currents, social norms and the complicated lives and environments that women exist within? Last week Jill Cory held a webinar on self-regard and women in leadership. Cory is …

Celebrating 20 years of emotional intelligence training

My 20 year relationship with emotional intelligence began in June, 1997. I was working at the Open Learning Agency at the time, delivering leadership training and managing a province-wide employment program. I was attending a career development conference in Calgary and chose a breakout session on the topic of…

Emotional Intelligence at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary

Thank you to the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering for inviting me in to provide EI training to students. And also kudos. In very progressive fashion, the School of Engineering is offering future engineers more than technical training. They are preparing engineering students for the complex, human world …

Carving out time for myself to write has been really important

Writing has always been a powerful form of expression for me. I’ve found surprising wisdom in my own writing. I’ve also learned so much from reading the writing of others. I’ve found that most writing, whether I can directly relate to it or not, prompts me to…

Initiatives to support women in leadership

Many organizations have a special initiative to support women in leadership. ATB Financial’s “Elevate” program, Conexus Credit Union in Saskatchewan, goeasy Financial, and Cigna Healthcare are among the growing number of high performing companies that have women’s leadership initiatives. They recognize the important contributions …