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Maynard Brusman
San Francisco, California
I am a consulting psychologist and executive/career coach.
Interests: leadership development, executive coaching, emotional intelligence, career coaching
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Many of the leaders I see in my emotional intelligence-based executive coaching practice of over twenty-five years are working long hours and are stressed-out. Some of my clients complain of low energy and exhaustion. They frequently are sleep deprived. Getting adequate sleep is an enormous help in restoring mental clarity and the drive to succeed. Continue reading
Hard work, perseverance, passion and talent are valuable, of course. However, in the human dynamics of business, taking what you can, even if it’s from others, is often the method used to attain rewards. Continue reading
Western leaders have been conditioned for generations to believe that the way to advance is to claim as much as possible, to take more than you give. Continue reading
The good-enough culture flows from the top down. It takes root when leaders believe that a good-enough approach is acceptable. Continue reading
Billions of dollars are wasted each year by companies who compromise on standards. Many leaders endanger themselves and their organizations by permitting a “good-enough culture.” This danger of mediocrity fortunately has a remedy. Continue reading
Emotionally intelligent and mindful leaders inspire their people. They model leadership qualities such as authenticity, compassion, empathy, grit, positivity, respect, self-awareness and trust. They are collaborative, team players fluent in conversational intelligence. Continue reading
Emotionally intelligent leaders are transparent and vulnerable. They have mastered three key skills: clear vision, formulating sound strategies and finding approaches that inspire others to act. Continue reading
Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to manage interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success. Continue reading
In today’s culture that promotes self-worth and self-focus, egotism appears to be a growing trend that often gets rewarded. However, outsized egos are behind the struggle organizations have in keeping good people, doing the right thing, earning the trust of their customers, and enjoying long-term prosperity. Continue reading
Nothing can be more debilitating in an organization than a leader with an ego. If you work for a leader driven by ego, your ability to cope can be pushed to the limit. In organizations, leaders with out-of-control egos are responsible for huge losses in productivity and profits. Continue reading
People Pleasing Leaders Working for someone who is a people-pleaser may seem fairly innocuous or even desirable, but such leaders pose daunting challenges for their organizations. If you work for a people-pleaser, you most likely see the inherent problems and... Continue reading
When leaders want to connect with people, it shows. Their actions draw people to them, and connections grow. Relationships ascend to the next level when you seek feedback from your staff, especially regarding how they’re being managed. Your willingness to listen demonstrates an authentic sense of vulnerability that reveals courage, candor and caring. Continue reading
Maintaining professionalism can be extremely difficult for today's leaders who are friendly with many of their employees, but recognizing the line between work life and personal life and striking a balance in between is critical. Continue reading
Commonly known as people or interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence skills like negotiating, building morale, and maintaining relationships are key to a leader’s success. Continue reading
Did you know that research has demonstrated, that the most effective leaders model high emotional intelligence, and that EQ can be learned? It takes self-awareness, empathy, and compassion to become a more emotionally intelligent leader. Continue reading
The ability to communicate well is essential to forming and maintaining relationships. Continue reading
Many leaders are unaware of how their lack of authenticity chips away at people, breeding dissatisfaction, distrust and disloyalty. Organizational effectiveness and productivity suffer when workers view leaders as inauthentic. Continue reading
Many leaders are unaware of how their lack of authenticity chips away at people, breeding dissatisfaction, distrust and disloyalty. Organizational effectiveness and productivity suffer when workers view leaders as inauthentic. Continue reading
Organizations waste vast amounts of time, effort and money each year by failing to recognize or correct dysfunctional teams. Continue reading
Disengaged employees often appear to lack commitment. In reality, we all crave engagement. No one enjoys working without passion or joy. Continue reading
Of all the challenges leaders face, none is more pervasive yet hidden than fear of failure. Continue reading
What causes conflict between people? Conflict develops when individuals have different opinions, ideas and thought processes not demonstrating an understanding of the other person’s view, or perhaps are not willing to compromise with the other person. Continue reading
Good bosses are hard working and resilient. They keep employees inspired in good times and bad. Failure is seen as bumps on the way to winning and success. Continue reading
Leadership and Flow One of my CEO executive coaching clients is working with his executive leadership team to create an organizational culture that unleashes employees’ intrinsic motivation and a state of flow. I am coaching him to become more effective... Continue reading
Leaders and managers can study, train and be coached. But if they fail to work on their interpersonal skills, they will not succeed when given more complex responsibilities. The ability to relate to and connect with others helps confer influence and leadership success. Continue reading