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Increasing Stress, Decreasing Empathy: Need Emotional Intelligence

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Research shows stress is increasing: health problems & business costs. Empathy is decreasing to damage collaboration: The case for emotional intelligence

Anne Egros‘s insight:

Very true ! That is why coaching is an holistic process to understand yourself. Stress at home impacts performance at work and stress at work damages your health and personal relationships.

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How To Increase Your Likability By Guy Kawasaki: Enchantment Infographic

Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions is Guy’s tenth book. In it, he explains how to influence what people will do while maintaining the highest standards of ethics. The book explains when and why enchantment is necessary and then the pillars of enchantment:  LikabilityTrustworthiness, Great Cause.

Enchantment - Increase Likability
If you want to change the world — or even part of the world, this book is for you. To interact with the Enchantment community, go to the Enchantment Facebook page

Source: http://www.guykawasaki.com/enchantment/

Lady Gaga: Are Leaders Born That Way ?

Can we compare Lady Gaga with Mahatma Gandhi ?

Greatest leaders of all time do share common traits and one of the most important one is to be able to influence and inspire crowds by standing on their unique and often revolutionary vision,  sharing strong personal values and be who they truly are, as they were born that way.

Jamie Anderson, Professor of Strategic Management at Antwerp Management School in Belgium argues in a recent speech on TED named ” Mahatma Gaga”  that.Lady Gaga is a great leader as she is able to influence millions of people around the world to follow her on social media or listen to her unconventional messages she share in her shows, videos and dressing with outrageous and provocative outfits.  Some argue that it is even more difficult to lead on social media than is the traditional leadership in work settings.

  • Do You Believe That Leaders are Born or Made ?

That is a classic question but as an executive coach I agree with Jamie Anderson that leaders are born that way, although I think you need to nurture and develop your innate leadership skills. I have coached many clients with various cultural backgrounds and I have concluded that leaders share some personality traits such as emotional intelligence while other people are more comfortable being followers. Nothing good or bad in both roles, but people should know their natural style and cultivate their talent and develop their strengths not try to be someone they are not.

  •  What Makes an Influencer a Leader  ?

    • Influencing people by being you:Gandhi said, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”  In other word be who you are and deliver a clear message that followers, fans, friends, customers can identify with. Lady Gaga assures her fans that it is OK to be an odd “freak” and different. This is a comforting message for most teenagers, young Gen Y adults and even baby boomers who are out of job and hopeless.
    • Make it personal:  Lady Gaga admitted she was bullied when she was a teenager. A sad statistic shows that 77% of kids in America have been bullied.  No  wonder why Gaga is a true role model for teenagers. Steve jobs too has been rejected many times. From the beginning of his life Jobs was rejected by his birth parents and adopted. Jobs was booted out of the company that he built, He said  “I had been rejected, but I was still in love, so, I decided to start over”, in a speech of Steve Jobs, entitled, “You’ve Got To Find What You Love” at the 2005 Stanford University commencement exercises. Most of Apple’ products initially appealed to iconoclasts or  maverick designers.

Be yourself no matter what they say -Sting

    • Walk your talk : People stop believing and following leaders who do differently than what they say.
      GaGa said in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine: “When I wake up in the morning, I feel just like any other insecure 24-year-old girl,”, “Then I say, ‘Bitch, you’re Lady Gaga, you get up and walk the walk today’.”GaGa says her number one priority is her fans. And she continues by saying : I don’t even drink water onstage in front of anybody, because I want them to focus on the fantasy of the music.” 

 Lady Gaga on Twitter :  Please everyone, take a moment to watch this. This is why I work so hard, this is why its wrong to hate: http://bit.ly/sEHt34

GaGa is so influential in today’s pop culture, society and teens  that the University of South Carolina developed a course based on her influences. The course, “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame” depicts the unraveling of Lady Gaga’s music, fashion, videos and artistic actions and their sociologically significant dimensions.

Lady Gaga, Born That Way

Do You Believe Leaders Are Born That Way ? 

How To Select A School Before Moving Abroad ?

In my previous article “How To Meet People You Don’t Know” I was talking how to overcome your  fears about networking with strangers and strategies to meet new friends in general.

In this article, I would like to be more specific and give some tips on meeting people before you move abroad focusing on getting information about schools . In many cases expats don’t have time to visit the schools physically, so my message to new expats is:  educate yourself as much as possible before putting your destiny in the hands of relocation companies or real estate agents who do not necessarily understand what is best for you as a foreigner.

If you Google : Living in or  moving to your “destination” you will get tons of general information from history, population, climate, visas, school systems, real estate, studying  and so on which is great but easily overwhelming and sometimes very subjective.

I know the feeling : you have everything you need right in front of you on the internet but you don’t know what fits YOUR NEEDS !  So you want to talk to real people and make personal contacts living in the places of your choice.

How To Choose A Place To Live  With Children? Searching criteria about schools and neighborhoods that match your needs  is the first thing you will need.

Here  some questions you may ask yourself:

  • Do you want a public or a private school ?
  • Looking for International Baccalaureate programs PYP, MYP or IB  ?Those programs are recognized around the world and ensure adaptability and mobility for IB students.
  • Are you looking for a competitive or caring environment?
  • Do you have kids with learning disability or ADHD ?
  • Is the ratio student teacher important for you? for example in France 30 kids for 1 teacher is the norm
  • What about the languages ?
  • Do you want a religious school ?
  • Do you need extended day care if you work ?
  • Can you find your  children’s favorite sports and  after-school activities nearby ?
  • Do you need school bus?
  • What is the maximum time you want to spend on commute ?
  • Do you need public transportation?
  • How close is the nearest International airport?
  • How long do you plan to stay ?
  • Do you want to buy or rent a house or apartment?
  • What is the  average home sale prices ? Even if you don’t buy you will pay local taxes and living in a $1 million  average sale district will cost you more than a 400,00 but may have better schools.
  • How much are the local taxes ?

Before contacting anybody I suggest you put everything that you want and  that you don’t want  as well as an “I don’t know” in specific  lists.

Even if you want your children in private international schools, learn about the public school systems as in most cases your address will determine which schools you can go . This is the case in France and US for example. It is wise to live in a sector that has best rating public schools in case you need to become locals and cannot afford the high fee of an international school. On top of that, you want your kids to play with local kids and make sure you have a nice environment that suits your lifestyle

Once you have located the school districts look at homes that you can afford and are available for rent or to buy so you have your list ready to contact people living in the towns you think are a good fit for you.

You can get information directly from people living in your destination by posting questions on expat forums. I suggest you visit “expat expert” , Robin Pascoe’s website and look at her list of Links : http://www.expatexpert.com/ . Do not hesitate to engage  in personal conversations from people living in your target area who write a blog, post on Twitter, Facebook ,  Linkedin, Viadeo or Internations.org.

Here some information about school systems I have experimented with my son now in 3rd grade (CE2):

Schools In France: http://www.french-school-expat-guide.com

Schools In  Japan: Since most people who are first moving with family do not speak the local language, putting your child in a local Japanese school might not be possible. For young children however, if you cannot afford international schools and if you are working, I know a lot of  foreigners who put their children in local Japanese public daycare/preschools called  Hoikuen.  If you are students with kids, some universities have on campus nursery schools. You also need to check the enrollment procedures in your district(Ward). For older kids starting elementary schools and above,  you might check with your embassy resources about education.

Schools and neighborhoods in the USA: It is amazing how much information is available as free public statistics: you can compare schools and towns based on People, Cost of Living, Economy, Ethnicity, Housing, Health, Crime, Climate,
Education, Transportation, Religion, Voting etc.

Compare places to live:

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks on Twitter

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Cross-cultural fact:

In France we don’t say “Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks” but “Teaching Old Monkeys New Tricks !”

What am I going to tell you that you don’t know already ?

Well, if you have more than 350  followers on Twitter or 150+ fans on Facebook or 100+ contacts on Linkedin, you probably don’t need to read this post.

My Top 10 Favorite FREE  Twitter Tools, Boomer-Friendly:

1flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing

2-http://hootsuite.com/about or http://www.tweetdeck.com/ easy way to see all your social media accounts in one page including search, translation tools and scheduling posts based on your target audience working  hours. For example I have clients in the US and live in Europe so Tweets can be sent when I sleep while clients wake up. I use both depending on my mood

3–http://search.twitter.com/ Search engine  for Twitter posts

4-http://hashtags.org/ Search popular tags and trends

5http://blip.fm/ share music on twitter. Fun application you can search songs or authors  in their database and blip

6-http://www.socialoomph.com/ Help to automate some function like DM for Followers

7-http://bit.ly/ : URL shortener. You can create an account and shorten Links for any applications and see statistics

8-http://www.blastfollow.com/ BlastFollow enables you to follow Twitter users who share your interests

9http://tweepi.com/ Manage your followers

10-KISS : Keep It Short and Sexy !  Make  fun, attractive headlines

That’s all folks !!!

Driving Miss Shari, A Story About Kindness

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This is the true story of my friend  Shari Sax: http://sharisax.com/DrivingMissShari/

I like very much how Shari played with the original title of the movie ” Driving Miss Daisy” starring Jessica Tandy as Miss Daisy and Morgan Freeman as her driver Hoke Colburn.

The story takes place in Atlanta where I lived for three years from 2006 until 2009, so it is  a funny coincidence that Shari used that movie as an inspiration. Driving Miss Daisy won  the Academy Award for Best Picture  in 1989 and is one of my favorite movies. The points of the story are about mutual respect and kindness. Daisy comes to accept Hoke and the fact that she needs him to drive her around. Miss Daisy finds out that Hoke cannot read, so she teaches him how to read.

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Quick Tips On Social Networking For Business

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I have listened to this complimentary webinar and I found it very valuable and clear on what is in it for you to use social networking for business.

Audio/slides presentation from George Kao: http://www.georgekao.net/choice.html

Here a brief summary of key learnings for me and my own observations.

1-Work Less ! spend energy on:

  • Current partners who can help you reach your ideal audience,
  • Current and previous clients
  • New partners leading to potential new clients

2-Don’t get distracted by new gadgets, don’t be a tester and avoid the shiny new things

3-Less is more: Be better at what you are best rather than trying to reach new niches

4-Don’t update too often: you don’t need to update your blog  regularly or send tweets everyday  and work yourself to death:  Know your partners and focus on maximum 3 platforms: for George Kao it is FaceBook, Linkedin and Twitter. For me it is only Linkedin and Twitter. FaceBook is too much maintenance for me and low ROI as professionals I target do not use FB for business.

5-Use you personal name as a personal brand in profiles or account names. Social networking is about making meaningful and authentic conversations. It is always better to connect on a  personal level. I recommend you add a nice professional picture, people like to see real people. I don’t like cartoons, birds or logos.

6-Tell stories about who you really are: people want conversations from real people they can trust and with whom they have something in common. It does not mean that you should share personal information if you don’t feel it, do what is most appropriate for your business.

7-Optimize your profiles for automatic lead generation: search about key words that give you a good ranking on search engines, add them to your profiles to be found by your potential clients and partners. Do not forget your own name and company name, your location if that matters to your audience, anything unique about you and your business.


I think Linkedin should be your #1 platform as a professional or business owner. Even as a passive  job candidate, you should always update your profile and show up in some groups to build your expert image. It is also a great tool to know what your competitors are doing and your industry new trends. I recommend you to test all the applications on Linkedin and use what is best for you to communicate about you and your business. For example I like blogs, Powerpoint presentations,  Amazon.com book lists.


I am using Twitter to get new ideas from an infinite number of great people who are experts in their fields. I  survey opinion leaders like Guy Kawasaki or George Kao for example and I share (RT) with my own networks including my blog and my Linkedin groups.  At first look  I did not find Twitter very attractive :  too much irrelevant  information, too much time to build very few true connections. Then I started using tools like Hootsuite or socialoomph to automate some functions like programming posting or managing people.

I have now reduced greatly the  time spent on both Linkedin and Twitter and get better results as George Kao said.

In this article: Four Ways Social Networking Can Build Business” http://ht.ly/27suk you will read about four professionals who used social networks to change the game. William Baker, a professor of marketing at San Diego State University, surveyed 1,600 executives and found that firms that rely heavily on external social networks scored 24 percent higher on a measure of radical innovation than companies that don’t. Online networks can help you hire the right people, market your product — or even find a manufacturer.

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