Author Archives: Annie McKee

The Emotional Impulses That Poison Healthy Teams

Courtesy of Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/2015/07/the-emotional-impulses-that-poison-healthy-teams Is anyone really an individual contributor at work anymore? I think not. Pretty much everything we do is done with others in groups. We’re tasked with planning and completing projects together. We negotiate roles … Continue reading

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How Power Affects Your Productivity

By Annie McKee Courtesy of Harvard Business Review www.hbr.org Think about the last time you came home from work completely and totally drained. I don’t mean the good kind of tired, when you’ve worked hard and gotten something done. I’m … Continue reading

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Being Happy at Work Matters

Courtesy of Harvard Business Review By Annie McKee People used to believe that you didn’t have to be happy at work to succeed. And you didn’t need to like the people you work with, or even share their values. “Work … Continue reading

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When Fighting with Your Boss, Protect Yourself First

Courtesy of Harvard Business Review by Annie McKee Have you ever felt like your boss is out to get you? Maybe you’re paranoid. But then again, maybe not. There are a lot of bad bosses out there, leaders who aren’t … Continue reading

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Resonant Leadership for Results

By Annie McKee & Abhijit Bhaduri Published in NHRD Network Journal April 2013 Volume 6 Issue 2 ”Soft skills are the differentiator.” This simple yet powerful mantra is what drives learning and leadership development at top companies like Wipro, one … Continue reading

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Balance Yourself, Not Work and Life

Featured in the Huffingpost on February 19, 2012 I love my work. I mean I really LOVE my work. Do you? Are you creative and compelled to excel? Do you find happiness in relationships with your work-friends and colleagues? Do you … Continue reading

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New Teleos article: How Awareness and Empathy Just Might Save the Planet

Part of the reason we can fail to act on our emotional intelligence is that we are held hostage by theories that originated during the Age of Enlightenment more than three hundred years ago. Many ideas and values that emerged during the first Industrial Revolution elevated reason and logic far above other human capabilities. But is it reason alone that allows us to rise to every challenge, rally people around a cause and face the future with power, passion and a plan? It was certainly not reason alone that sparked the uprising in Egypt, the fight against apartheid, the American Revolution or the language guaranteeing us the right to the pursuit of happiness and freedom in the United States Constitution. Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin on Leadership and Life, Reflected upon by Annie McKee

Avoid the Power Trap: “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
She laughs at everything you say. Why? Because she has fine teeth.
If you would have a faithful servant, and one that you like, serve yourself.
It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous.” Continue reading

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When Self Management Means Letting It All Hang Out

What should we do when things are really awful? When our health is on the brink, when a loved one is ill or dies, or when tragedy strikes? Does self management mean “hold on, buck up, put on a game face and carry on? I think not.
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