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Challenging Leadership Thinking … To Enable Strategic Improvement

What’s the EQ Buzz?

July 25, 2014

Scott Yorkovich


Emotional intelligence, once regarded as little more than “voodoo management,” is recognized today as a critical component of healthy relationships and effective leadership. Commonly referred to as “EQ,” emotional intelligence is known to make or break leaders and may have much more impact on a person’s overall quality of life than virtually any other factor. However, ask 10 people what emotional intelligence is and you’ll be lucky to get more than two coherent answers and only one of those will be on target. Why is it that something so important is understood by so few?

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July 23, 2014

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2014-07-23

Are you under pressure? Feel anxious? Stressed out? If so, join the crowd. You are in good company. Around the globe, people are feeling the effects of pressure. Heart attacks. Insomnia. Strokes. Depression. High blood pressure. Fatigue. Weight gain. We could go on and on but the fact is that pressure is not good for our health, at least sustained or prolonged pressure. When we are under constant pressure it impacts our physical, emotional and, sometimes even, spiritual health. This is especially true if we don’t release the pressure.

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What’s In A Name?

July 18, 2014

Scott Yorkovich


What’s your name? My name is Scott. Yours might be Dave, or Sandy, or Jack, or Lynn. Everyone has a name. (Well​almost everyone. For a while Prince Rogers Nelson, aka “Prince,” called himself a symbol.) But what does having a name mean? Is your name really nothing more than a way for people to get your attention? Is it only a means to differentiate you from someone else in the room? (That can be important to my sons who are twins.) Is it just a way for you to sign a document saying, “I read this” or “I approve this”? What’s in a name?

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Pebbles in Your Shoe

July 16, 2014

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2014-07-16

Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? You guessed it. I do. My favorite pair is a pair of Dr. Martens. They’re pictured above on the left. If they look a bit worn, they are. I bought them 14 years ago and have almost worn them out. They still have some sole left on the bottom of the shoe, but it’s beginning to wear thin. The leather is cracked and shows signs of wear. But when I put them on, it’s hard to describe. Perhaps it can best be described as a combination of hugging an old friend and being greeted at the door by your dog.

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Gnarly Problems

July 11, 2014

Scott Yorkovich


During the spring of 2014, we’ve had a lot of rain where I live! People have had flooded basements, the St. Paul airport, situated near the Mississippi River, installed a temporary flood wall, and there was a mudslide very close to a hospital in Minneapolis (also on the Mississippi River). (Click here for a picture.) There are many other stories of the impact of too much rain, and I have my own. While my basement didn’t get wet, it came close because my sump pump failed during the heaviest rains. Those of you familiar with sump pumps know that removing and replacing a sump pump isn’t normally a challenging project. Not so for me.

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