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San Francisco Bay Times Spotlight Article

Karla Campbell, Founder of 4 Directions Consulting and Coaching LLC, helps leaders create a new definition of leadership for themselves and their organizations. That definition accounts for the emerging challenges that arise from a workforce containing new technology, low employee engagement, and multiple generations working together. Leaders become lost because current leadership models do not account for these complicated times—made all the more challenging due to the pandemic. (more…)

Navigating the Chaos and Moving Forward

“New normal,” “New reality,” or whatever your mantra for defining our current day to day life, the fact is that challenges, chaos, change, and pivoting are our constant. What makes this unique is it is happening to the majority of the population at the same time. So, emotions are high due to: the uncertainty of our economy, the instability in our community, the sadness and anger of injustice, and climate change that is impacting us all. On top of all this, we must continue with our jobs, career, livelihood, and/or businesses.

So how do we navigate all this and continue to move forward? The following five steps address organizational change, and life in general, to help with perseverance and resilience. I use them with my clients and myself to keep on track. (more…)

Why do we have to talk so much about Emotions?

The reason why we are talking so much about emotions these days is simple. As a society, we have not been consistent or set as a priority to practice Emotional Intelligence with as much focus as we apply to other skill sets.

Our current environment is a perfect example of the importance of Emotional Intelligence and what a necessary skill set it is. In comparing world leaders, we see those who combine their intelligence with their emotions to deliver powerful messages. Others just bombard us with information without emotion, generally with negative results.

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How to Survive the Holidays Both Professionally and Personally

The Holiday season brings time off, visits with friends and family, stress, obligation, and exhaustion.

This time of the year, I like to remember something Oprah Winfrey said, “Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” During the holidays, I believe the struggle for many of us is between how things should look like instead of the quality or intention of the thing itself.

So here are 3 steps for surviving, enjoying, and being grateful during the holidays:  (more…)

Do You have the Makings of a Great Leader?

Today leadership is challenged more than ever. However, I believe at times we get away from the foundational principles. The following are 12 characteristics that I learned through the teachings of the Lakota people: (more…)

What is compassion and why is it important in the workplace?

Compassion is the ability to listen, understand, acknowledge the emotional state of another person or oneself.

Emotions are tricky and messy and we all try to avoid that uncomfortable state at work. It is interesting that for every situation we encounter we will have an emotional reaction. The brain will analyze and assess for meaning and purpose however it is possible that once an emotional response is identified it may take a short cut before the brain fully understands what is happening. (more…)

I Want an Omelet without Eggs; 3 Steps to Reframing What You Do Want

I was at a networking lunch the other day and someone was telling a story about a friend who was at a restaurant ordering breakfast. She looked at the menu and stated “I want an omelet without eggs.” When she said this, we all looked around the table a bit confused and began to laugh, trying to figure out what she really wanted.

Thanks to a great waitress who had the customer focus on what she did want; she discovered she wanted all the other elements in the omelet and the skillet breakfast was the want. Which by the way, was on the menu. (more…)