Taking Leadership to Heart – Success Stories

David Mafe, SPHR is the Vice President of Human Resources at Emory Healthcare and the featured leader this month for Taking Leadership to Heart.  His team will tell you he is dynamic, mission focused, passionate, honest and transparent.  It’s not WIIFM, but it is WYSIWYG.  He exudes lots of personality. The most common words his team used to describe him were courageous, compassionate and empathetic.  He’s not afraid to be kind. Yet he is no softy either.  He appears to be fearless in the eyes … [Read more...]

Taking Leadership to Heart – Success Stories

  This month’s featured leader in the Taking Leadership to Heart series is Eric Adams, Senior Manager -Business Operations for Verizon Wireless.  As we look at his leadership style, you will see there are some commonalities with the others leaders who employ emotional intelligence – the first of which is transparency.  When I asked Eric about emotional intelligence, this was his response. I haven’t always had emotional intelligence.  For example, when I moved to the south, I discovered people … [Read more...]

What can Millennials (and we) Learn from Marshmallows?

Imagine you are four years old.  You are sitting in a room with a friendly adult who puts a marshmallow on the table in front of you.  He tells you that you may eat the marshmallow right now, or if you can wait until he returns from a quick errand, he will give you another marshmallow and you may eat two.  What would you do? This is exactly what the researchers at Stanford University did in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s to study delayed gratification, a form of self-control.  The initial … [Read more...]

About to Freak Out? Get the Wrigley’s!

When I was in college I hated Algebra. To this day I don’t know why I had to learn it; I never use it. Whenever I had to take a test, I had to – and I mean HAD TO – chew gum. Somehow it helped me do better on the test. I figured it was some sort of stress reliever because I was chomping my teeth together, but I didn’t know there was science behind it. Apparently chewing gum lowers the stress hormones in your body so it helps reduce stress. The increased blood flow to your brain also keeps you … [Read more...]