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How stress can be grounding

Your body has an incredible intelligence just waiting for you to tap in. How do you get into conversation with your body?

Executive energy level is a big driver of business success, yet no one teaches us how to manage our own bodies and the incessant stress which work places on us. To be clear, I like how stress urges us to improve and develop. Body changes indicated by stress are an excellent starting point for grounding into your body and serve as a reminder that we are united mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiriturally.

What kinds of challenges inspire stress in you?

What are you doing to ground into your body at work, when you play, or when you dream?

Matthew Koren unleashes the leadership potential in your people so teams can thrive. He is based out of Portland, OR. To learn more about his programs, click here. To receive great, useful content each month, sign up for his email list here. To discuss how Matt can support you, your organization, and teams, contact him today!

How to act like a baby and get ahead…

No, you can’t throw a temper tantrum in the middle of the office.  In fact, you still need to use big, important sounding words. So what’s this got to do with a baby, you ask? EVERYTHING.

Babies observe.

Right about at the low point of your work, you might begin asking your yourself, “What the heck is going on here?” Time to think like a baby. Start following your nose. Close your mouth and start seeing what’s going on.

Often things get worse before they get better. I have a nose for what stinks and I love to observe people. Observing like a wide-eyed infant provides an early warning system for you to see earlier than most what’s coming down the pipe.

Babies communicate.

Make a noise, cry out ‘Aha!’, let someone know what you see and ask if they see the same thing. Babies are excellent signalers (my 20 pound cat is as well).

Babies respond instantly.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to act. When you see what’s not working, do something about it!

Many executives are in their roles because of their strategic thinking, broad perspective, and uncanny ability to predict disasters right before they strike. Act like a baby to take small actions now that can lead to big, culture-changing results later.

Now if we could only get more people to act like babies!

“See as a child sees—the joy, the wonder, the hope.”

Matthew Koren unleashes the leadership potential in your people so teams can thrive. He is based out of Portland, OR. To learn more about his programs, click here. To receive great, useful content each month, sign up for his email list here. To discuss how Matt can support you, your organization, and teams, contact him today!

What makes a leader?

Call me a dork, but I love researching noteworthy leadership information that I can translate to the lay person in a meaningful, actionable way.

My recent search, however, raised more questions than it answered. I guess that's appropriate since leadership as a research topic only became popular about 40 years ago. There are still many unanswered questions about what leadership is (i.e. a set of actions, an innate trait, and mental perspective?) and what it affects (i.e. role, influence, productivity, etc.)

What do you think makes a leader?

One of the most important questions, I feel, in the leadership research is the impact of emotional intelligence on the performance of leaders. We were just beginning to the ask this sort of question seriously about 15 years ago (Brown et al. 2005, Boyatzis et al. 2002). Now whole research teams are organized to answer the question of how emotion plays a part in our leadership performance (see Richard Boyatzis' work as an example).

The inquiry is drawing interesting connections, baffling synchronicities, and uncovering the hidden patterns that communicate 'leader'.

What do you think makes a good leader? And what traits do you think a powerful and effective leader should have? Inquiring minds want to know, please leave your comments below or share with me on LinkedIn.

Matthew Koren is a team management and leadership consultant and executive coach based out of Portland, OR. To learn more and receive great, useful content each month, sign up for my email list here.

Bibliography:

1. F. William Brown, and Dan Moshavi, "Transformational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence: A Potential Pathway for an Increased Understanding of Interpersonal Influence," Journal of Organizational Behavior, 26, no. 7 (2005): 867-871, http://www.jstor.org/stable/4093959 (accessed January 13, 2014).

2. Richard E. Boyatzis, Elizabeth C. Stubbs, and Scott N. Taylor, "Learning Cognitive and Emotional Intelligence Competencies Through Graduate Management Education," Academy of Management Learning & Education, 1, no. 2 (2002): 150-162, http://amle.aom.org/content/1/2/150.short (accessed January 13, 2014).

Hello World. Let’s Do This!

I often ask myself,  “Who do I want to be?” It’s been on my mind for a while. Just like you, I’ve gone through many options: lifeguard, day camp coordinator, yoga teacher, that call center guy, entrepreneur, sales guy, manager, coach, consultant, etc. I even traveled the world and back. You’d think something would stick!?

Hint: what you think you’re looking for is typically no further than your own backyard. In my case, it was nestled securely inside my heart between fear of success and self-consciousness.

Who Do You Want To Be?

I always wanted to be a computer programmer because I loved strategy games (that was after I decided being an astronaut would require too much math.) Then, I thought being a psychologist was the closest major in college to what I wanted to do. I wanted to figure people out and help them, and unlike astronauts, I didn’t need to take lots of math to be a psychologist =  Bonus!  

However, psychologist wasn’t my true calling but I learned that I love working with people and helping them make sense of what seems to be a crazy new world. This new world is a wonderful place to play, thrive, and live your dreams, but we often forget how powerful we are due to so much information coming at us. I’m here to help you sort through it all. My passion is your passion: creating a great life and feeling good every.single.day. Yes, it’s totally possible.

Today I’m announcing it to the world, to you, and here it is:

Over the next few weeks on this website you’ll see my thoughts and videos on topics related to my new work. I’ve worked with over 30 corporate clients and many more individuals doing team management and leadership development, and after six years being in the thick of it myself and with my clients, I realize I have the gifts necessary to deliver increased profitability and employee engagement which help executives develop their unique leadership style, and the high-performing, globally distributed, culturally competent teams they need to support them.

I hope you’ll get inspired, share my content, and enjoy the ride. Of course, let me know what you think by emailing me at matt@matthewkoren.com. I’ll be in touch again soon!

Matthew Koren is a team management and leadership consultant and executive coach based out of Portland, OR. To learn more and receive great, useful content each month, sign up for my email list here.