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EQ is Not Enough: Multiple Intelligences for Successful Leadership
The first modern intelligence test is now nearly 110 years old. The study of types of intelligence has evolved since the early work of Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon. Psychologist Howard Gardner introduced the concept of multiple intelligences in his 1983 book Frames of Mind. In this work, he identified seven types of intelligence: linguistic ...
Self-Awareness and Professional Success
How did you feel when you came in to work today? Annoyed? Contented? Concerned? Happy? And how do you feel right now? When we are tuned in to our emotions at any given moment, we're better able to gauge what actions are appropriate at that moment. Self-awareness can mean the difference between responding to a potentially stressful encounter ...
Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
Adding emotional intelligence to your toolkit of success skills might be the most important thing you can do for your career. Emotional intelligence, or EQ, matters more than intellect alone, and it has practical value in the workplace. “Emotional intelligence is the skill of understanding and managing your emo-tions and also understanding ...
Why Trust Matters in Work Relationships
Sometimes it causes us to roll our eyes, and sometimes it permeates our every move: distrust. At work, just as in our personal lives, a lack of trust can damage relationships and change the way we interact with others. "Trust is the very basis of everything we do," says Linda Stroh, Ph.D., Loyola University Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School ...
Impaired physicians: Why more don’t self-report and why getting help saves lives, careers
Impairment—being unable to perform on the job in a way that is both reasonable and consistent with professional standards—can ultimately compromise patient care. Experts offer examples of the various ways impairment may show up in an academic setting as well as a hospital setting, and discuss the value of early intervention and treatment ...
It isn’t really harassment...or is it? What to do when someone crosses the line
Like a boat captain who looks for channel markers to avoid hazardous waters and stay on course, you can navigate the dangers of workplace harassment by understanding the laws that apply. “Many sexual harassment cases involve jokes or flirting in the workplace,” says Vianei Lopez Braun, a labor and employment partner at Houston law firm ...
Suddenly Single: How to Help Yourself or a Colleague Survive the Loss of a Spouse
Losing a spouse or partner is life-changing in ways you cannot fully comprehend until you go through it yourself. Complicating the experience for faculty is the need to keep working as much as possible. Learn what helps—and what doesn’t—whether you are facing this crisis yourself or want to help a colleague who is ...
Staying Out of the Risk Zone: Health Habits Even Busy People Can Develop
We know the health risks but we do it anyway: we push ourselves, overload our schedules, eat what we know we shouldn't, skip workouts, and get less sleep than our bodies need. Then, we promise ourselves we'll make changes soon—just not today. For some, the wake-up call is a health emergency. For others, it's a checkup that makes us realize we're teetering on the border of ...
The Humble Leader: Why Humility Trumps Arrogance in the Workplace
Raise your hand if you have ever worked with an arrogant person. When organizational and industrial psychologist Stan Silverman asks audiences to do this, almost every hand goes up. Arrogant behavior in the workplace can damage morale and productivity, says Silverman, associate provost and dean at the University of Akron Summit College. In an educational or hospital setting, arrogant behavior ...
Self-Care: Putting Yourself Back in Charge
Here it comes again. It's getting close to the end of the year, when many of us remember those important work-life balance resolutions we made for 2011. As the year began, we were determined to take better care of ourselves physically, because we know it also makes us mentally healthier, and helps us in our everyday stressful lives. It’s likely, though, that many of ...
Moving Ahead with a Plan: Retirement Ideas for Educators in Today’s Economic Climate
University faculty have some specific issues that aren’t always addressed in generic financial planning for retirement, says Susan Brandley. She serves as probono director for the advocacy and leadership organization Financial Planning Association® (FPA) of Tampa Bay and is a financial advisor with the Csenge Advisory Group in Clearwater. Retirement may look different ...
Learning, Leading and Managing Constant Change: The Proactive Professional
Learning and change are constant in the medical workplace. Professionals must continually develop new skills and new ways of looking at medical knowledge. At the same time, an infinite number of potential stressors can threaten their ability to keep up. Professionals who aim to rise above, not just keep up, are proactive about their personal ...
What Is She Up to Now? How to Deal With a Workplace "Saboteur"
Repeated mistreatment. Sabotage that prevents work from getting done. Verbal abuse, threatening conduct, intimidation and humiliation. All are part of the definition of workplace bullying used by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) in its August 2010 survey of American adults. The survey found that 35% of workers have experienced bullying firsthand, and that bullying ...
Bullies Among Us: Putting a Stop to Unhealthy Work Relationships
Bullying by school-age children and college students stirs up plenty of media coverage and public dialogue. Adult-on-adult bullying in the workplace may get less attention, yet it can create uncomfortable and unhealthy conditions. "Bullying is a lifetime tactic that some people use to get what they want in life—power, control, ...
Supporting a Colleague in Crisis: Would You Know How to Help?
It can happen in any work environment: a colleague starts behaving in a way that causes you concern. What are some of the signs that indicate a real problem? How far should you go in offering help, and what kind of support is most effective? Michael D. Groat, Ph.D., is Director of the Professionals in Crisis (PIC) Program at The Menninger ...
Worried About Your Finances? How to Stress Less in Uneasy Times
Uncertainty is the norm, it seems, in more aspects of our lives every day. When uncertainty extends to our finances, it’s normal to feel wary and worried. Who wouldn’t feel uneasy not knowing whether the income they count on will be adversely affected as sweeping changes in health care take effect? If you’re losing sleep over money, you’re not alone. According ...
Staying Safe: How to Protect Yourself Against Workplace Violence
When local incidents of campus threats make the national news, we wonder if we are doing enough to keep ourselves safe from workplace violence. We worry about our security in late-night labs, and start to pay more attention to people around us who might pose a threat. Security and self defense experts offer some ways to assess and minimize campus and personal ...
How Resilient, Positive People Thrive Amid Constant Change
Constant change and uncertainty are conditions that apply to everyone, not just university faculty, says Martin Fiebert, a professor of psychology at California State University, Long Beach. “In recent months, stress has increased. Things that people have taken for granted are suddenly in jeopardy. That includes jobs, salaries and the amount of work that ...
Tired, Stressed and Worried? Use Your FAP Benefit to Regain Perspective
We know it’s tough out there right now. Financial stress and uncertainty, piled onto the enormous pressures you face as a faculty member, can add up to some major burdens. Under such circumstances, it can be difficult to see clearly what your next move should be. Wood & Associates, the Tampa-based provider of your confidential Faculty Assistance Program ...
When Reality Bites You in the Budget: Smart Strategies in Stressful Times
Financial stress is a reality for working professionals nationwide. At Florida universities, it’s been around for awhile. So how well are you coping? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s time to pause, not panic. You will feel less stressed if you take time to assess your personal financial situation ...
Stretched to the Limit: When You Need Help Caring for Aging Family Members
When the burden falls upon you to find care options for an aging parent, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. The decision can be an emotional one for you and your family. Yet there are many more options available now than there were a decade ago. Approach the process as an informed consumer ...
Getting Beyond the Budget-Cut Blues
As Florida university budgets shrink, concerns grow. Worry, stress and speculation about the future are perfectly normal during such times of uncertainty and change. Yet there are coping strategies that can help you weather budget pressures and related stress successfully, says author and ...
Short Fuses, Live Wires and Dead Batteries:  Overcoming Personality and Work Style Differences
“Think of personality as the way we’re hardwired,” says Alise Isbell, owner of Write Wise Communications, LLC. “It’s related to the way we process information. Work style is a combination of personality, the work environment and organizational culture, and preference—our ‘comfort ...
Laughing in the Face of Change: How Resilient Professionals Cope
Change in the workplace can stir up anxiety, sadness, a sense of loss, frustration, anger and fear. Even small changes can challenge our sense of competence and test our ability to cope. "Change makes us confront our fear of exposure," says motivational humorist ...
Signs of Distress: What We’re Learning About Behavior and Substance Abuse Problems
A star med student, a promising young resident, or a brilliant colleague down the hall—any of these may be susceptible to some type of distress that can jeopardize their working relationships or even their careers. Are individuals in the medical profession more likely than others to get into ...
 
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