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Developing Emotional Intelligence as a Business Leader with Kim Ades

Developing emotional intelligence as leaders, and specifically the ability to master our thinking, is critical as small business owners.

If there’s an area in your business or your life where you’re feeling stuck, frustrated, or just not happy with the results you’re getting, you’ll want to listen to Dr. Sabrina Starling’s fascinating conversation with her guest on today’s podcast.

Kim Ades is a good friend and long-standing colleague of Dr. Sabrina’s. She is also President and Founder of Frame of Mind Coaching™ and JournalEngine Software™. Kim is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and mother of five, and she has 15 years of experience coaching many of North America’s most respected leaders. She is recognized as an expert on performance through thought mastery. She uses her own unique philosophy and quirky coaching style to help her clients deal with core issues and shift their thinking in order to yield extraordinary results.

Show Highlights:

  • Kim explains the idea behind “thought mastery”: Every outcome starts with a thought. Both positive and negative thoughts will impact our performance and therefore, our outcomes.
  • It is possible to improve our results by simply changing our behaviors or the actions that we take, but there are many consideration before doing so!
  • When you look at your life today, it’s a result of your thinking yesterday, and the preceding days.
  • The results that we want are usually something tangible, but when we truly master our thoughts, we start to leverage our thinking not to get specific outcomes but to get certain feelings that supersede the idea of specific outcomes.
  • Kim shares her personal story of how she became interested in coaching and thought mastery.
  • When you’re holding on to a thought and cannot let it go, you have to first understand what it is that you’re really holding onto before you can move forward.
  • We often have false beliefs that contradict our key desires.
  • Our behaviors can directly contradict our deepest desires, and yet we continue to do them.
  • We often take actions that take us away from what we really want.
  • Kim describes the key signals that indicate someone’s thinking is not leading them  where they want to be going.
  • Pay attention to your emotional state!
  • Kim and Dr. Sabrina reflect on trust within leadership and teams.
  • Kim offers steps to take and questions to ask yourself to start working toward thought mastery.

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About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.