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Develop Emotional Agility Part II

1 August 2017

Barbara read Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life and learned it’s important to face feelings before you distance yourself from them.



Take a Break from Empathy

29 August 2017

Barbara watched Martha Beck’s video, How to Not Hurt When Someone You Love is Hurting, and was reminded that being too empathic can be unhelpful.



Change is Hard

26 September 2017

Barbara read 6 Steps for Successfully Bringing Change to your Company and learned if you attempt to change a process quickly without providing enough of the right kind of information, people may dig in their heels and sabotage it.



What Does it Mean to Trust?

24 October 2017

Barbara read Brené Brown’s new book, Braving the Wilderness, and gained a better understanding of the word, trust.



Lessons in Creativity, Candor, and Failure from Pixar’s Founder

21 November 2017

Barbara read Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Edwin Catmull. It turns out that being willing to fail and fail quickly without feeling embarrassment is the one of the best ways to tap into creativity. (Thoughtful candor from team members you trust helps, too.)



Meditate Even if it Bores You

26 December 2017

Barbara read 10% Happier and learned that meditation can help you feel better and be more productive even if it bores you nearly to tears.



There’s a Reason Self-Compassion is So Hard to Achieve

23 January 2018

Barbara read Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself by Kristen Neff and was reminded how important it is to pay attention to how you talk to yourself.



Tips for Negotiating Your Starting Salary

20 February 2018

Barbara read I Am A Recruiter And Here Are My Negotiating Tips for Women on Forbes.com and was reminded when something mattered more than money.



Is Hardball for Women Still Useful?

20 March 2018

Barbara read Hardball for Women: Winning at the Game of Business: Third Edition by Pat Heim and Tammy Hughes and considered some actions women can take to get their work goals accomplished. (Men could do more to help address gender inequities by reading this book, too.)



Have it All By Focusing on What Matters Most

17 April 2018

Barbara read I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time and learned Laura Vanderkam’s research shows some women are having it all by making good choices and shifting their perspectives.



The Third Metric Made Manageable

15 May 2018

Barbara read Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington and was reminded that a few small changes can help restore your balance whether you are overworking or over worrying.



You Should Quit Something

12 June 2018

Barbara read The New York Times article, The Year I Learned to Quit, by Christine Bader and was reminded "leaning out" can be a good thing.



Confidence—Do You Need More?

10 July 2018

Barbara read The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman and carefully considered the importance and risks of confidence.



Study Habits for Everyone, Not Just Back-to-Schoolers

7 August 2018

Barbara read A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if You Flunked Algebra) by Barbra Oakley, Ph.D. and found her study tips immediately useful.



Try a Little Shift in How You Talk to Yourself

4 September 2018

Barbara watched Pinkcast 2.22: This is how to talk to yourself and learned a different way to use self-talk in stressful situations.



Stop Worrying About Your Passion and Just Do the Work

2 October 2018

Barbara read So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport. It turns out discomfort and hard work may help you realize your dreams faster than the pursuit of passion.



Listening is Hard Work!

30 October 2018

Barbara read Listening to People by Ralph G. Nichols and Leonard A. Stevens, a classic Harvard Business Review article, that explains the science behind why listening is so difficult.



Getting Yourself to Have a Difficult Conversation

13 November 2018

Barbara read How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict by Joel Garfinkle in the Harvard Business Review.



Two Important Questions Can Help You Decide if You’re Ready to Change

27 November 2018

Barbara read Peter Bregman’s If You Want to Get Better at Something, Ask Yourself These Two Questions and faced head on that discomfort is a necessary part of change.



Why do They Act That Way?

29 January 2019

Barbara reread You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, a book about gender differences, by Deborah Tannen and found that many of the behaviors Tannen describes still ring true for her and the people she lives with and coaches.



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