Technical know-how is no longer enough
“Emotional-social intelligence is a cross-section of interrelated emotional and social competencies, skills and facilitators that determine how effectively we understand and express ourselves, understand others and relate with them, and cope with daily demands”
Pick up the Phone to Boost Connection
Psychotherapist Esther Perel shares the challenges that we encounter when we are connecting in this digital age. She argues that we have never been more accessible to each other and spend most days communicating virtually via text messages, emails, and video conferencing.
Fortune 500 lose a combined $31 billion per year from employees failing to share knowledge & lessons effectively
Many organizational cultures do not encourage or condone the sharing of challenges or failures. This means that sharing might never enter your mind, especially if your current organization is all you have ever known.
Coaching is the conduit to empower and create future leaders
Coaching within the workplace, is simply a process of delegating thinking to others. Many leaders put off coaching or think they are coaching when, in fact, there is a lot of “telling” going on. My question to them is: “If not now, when?”
Gratitude- the new strategy to retain talent and create a connective culture
We can be grateful for many things in our lives such as certain people and situations, although most benefits come from others – hence gratitude is known as ‘other-oriented’. It can mean different things to different people, depending on the context. Is gratitude an emotion?
Why saying NO can be more powerful than saying YES
It is pretty powerful that we have the choice to make this year whatever we want it to be.
There are things that aren’t in our control, but the good news is we all have the choice to choose and influence how this year looks both personally and professionally. Like writing a new chapter in a book, you choose the settings, the themes, and the characters. The choices are all yours.
9 Reasons Why Energy Depletion Exists In The Workplace
Like catching spinning plates, life can be stressful and full of chaos – from family, friends, work, technology and new ideas to our physical and mental health, we face conflicting priorities daily. Working long hours, leading in a hybrid environment, lack of quality sleep and food; a manic mind and stress can zap our energy. Like a battery, we cannot be charged unless we fill our reserves.
Why self-management is the key driver of productivity
Self-management wins over time management every day. Time is what it is. Time is inelastic; we all get the same amount of it, and I think it’s too easy to blame time and not what we can control being our self-management when it comes to being time-poor.
The Gift Mindset is the Portal to Supercharge Workplace Culture
It’s surprising that many workplaces do not encourage the sharing of challenges or failures and even sometimes the sharing of successes. Therefore, if the culture you work within doesn’t have a focus on sharing lessons, it may be something that never enters your mind or your team, especially if that workplace is all you have ever known.
Leading change with curiosity in uncertain times
Change is one of the constants in life, and with change often comes uncertainty, fear and overwhelm.
Never before have we been faced with so much uncertainty in our lives. With never-ending lockdowns, the challenges that come with remote and hybrid work, work-life balance, homeschooling and trying to motivate and navigate ourselves and teams through the fog, it can be exhausting and overwhelming.
How to open the door and invite self-compassion in
Now, more than ever, in this ever-changing world full of uncertainty, we need to ramp up our self-leadership and to do this, we need to open the door to self-compassion. One way to do this is to be receptive and open to acceptance; we need to open the door and invite self-compassion in to accept the gifts we face.
3 things you can do to lead and increase emotional intelligence in your team
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is imperative to any role, team or organisation. And having the ability to focus on transferring EI and motivation to your team is even more critical as we all continue to work and lead in this hybrid environment.
Create a Culture of Gratitude to Build Mental Fitness
CEOWORLD MAGAZINE – 24 July 2021
Working with many leadership teams over the years, we have explored the topic of gratitude and how this is being expressed in the workplace. Call it recognition, praise or appreciation; what stood out is that we need to take the time to show gratitude within and across the teams, we work with.
Create a more collaborative work culture with the Gift of Forgiveness
Whether we practice forgiveness in the workplace or at home, forgiveness requires us to have a full heart. We need to be strong, open, brave, resilient, as well as show vulnerability and empathy. Brené Brown talks about these qualities belonging to ‘whole-hearted people’.
7 Ways to re-energise in life and leadership
Living life as our full energetic selves at home or in the workplace is vital to functioning at our highest level, both physically and mentally. We have so much to juggle and so many distractions, especially in our current environment, that we often feel depleted and can’t function as our true selves.
Self-awareness is key to unwrapping the Gift of Courage
This is one of the greatest stories of courage I ever learned – from my own family. This story only recently came to light, and I’m so thrilled to share it with you. This story is about what helps us tap into our inner strength so we can access all we have within us so we can live and lead with courage.
How to embrace the ‘gifts’ in challenging situations
Many retail cultures do not encourage the sharing of challenges or failures and even sometimes the sharing of successes. Therefore, if the culture you work within is against sharing lessons, it may be something that never enters your mind or your team’s, especially if that business is all you have ever known. In our home life, this is the same. If you are brought up not to share failures and to just suck it up and get on with it, then chances are this same behaviour will play out in your life.
Conscious Living Magazine
There are many books on Leadership available for the professional or non-professional wanting to excel in a leadership role or considering moving up to a leadership role within their workplace but few, if any come with the unique understanding shown by Renée Giarrusso in her powerhouse book Gift Mindset®.
How Limitless Leaders™ can benefit from the 4 key stages of optimism.
Optimism is a key trait of a Limitless Leader; it is the belief that good things will happen and that things work out in the end. It is an internal decision framework based on values, goals, willingness, hope and belief.
An exceptional way to build the 6 keys of resilience!
Resilience is the strength of the spirit to recover from adversity. It enables us to find hope and the courage to continue, even when faced with tragedy or negative circumstances. Resilience isn’t a trait but, instead, a result of tapping into internal and external resources.
6 Amazing Strategies to kick comparison syndrome in the BUTT!
On most social media platforms, people are depicted as living their dream life – perfect relationships, endless holidays, picture-perfect plates of food and successful businesses. Social media has become a highlight reel of only the good; it rarely portrays what is truly going on.
Resilience is a Superpower of a Limitless Leader
Resilience is a key trait within us all. It’s a quality and skill we need to embrace and build upon, especially, in leadership. The last eighteen months, in particular, has provided us with more than its fair share of opportunity for us to grow in the area of resilience both in our personal and professional lives.
Why your mindset matters and how to change it for the better.
CEOWORLD Magazine 26 May 2021
Your mindset dictates your way of thinking. It is a collection of your attitudes, thoughts and beliefs that shape your thought habits. It is what you think day to day that can be a driving force to your success or unhappiness. Your mindset is a mental inclination or disposition, a frame of mind.
Blue Wolf Reviews – 15 May 2021
There are many books on Leadership available for the professional or non-professional wanting to excel in a leadership role or considering moving up to a leadership role within their workplace but few, if any come with the unique understanding shown by Renee Giarrusso in her powerhouse book Gift Mindset.
What leaving a safe corporate job taught me about the gift of change
As I walked downstairs, I couldn’t look back up at the office I’d given my heart and soul to for over 10 years. I’d decided to start my own business 12 months before and felt excited by the possibility, but now the thought of leaving the safe cocoon of the corporate world had me feeling empty, overwhelmed and afraid.
How to get comfortable being uncomfortable – it’s the new norm at work
The Business Woman Media
Change is one of the few constants of life and it requires us to embrace uncertainty. Many people resist getting out of their comfort zone while some embrace it, it all comes down to how you are wired and the reference and experience you associate with it.
The 6 Keys to Lead with Optimism
CEO World – April 2021
Research conducted by the University of California and Harvard looked at happiness and how contagious it was and discovered that when people are surrounded by happy people, they are more likely to become happy. As a leader It can be challenging to remain optimistic whilst juggling so many balls…
Why a Gift Mindset is a key trait of a limitless leader
CEO World – April 2021
All over the world, organisations know the importance of learning. They, therefore, invest heavily in formal in-house and external training, mentoring programs and systems to manage the sharing of experiences. It is staggering that analysts estimate that the companies in the Fortune 500 still lose a combined $31 billion per year from employees failing to share knowledge effectively. This has a direct impact on productivity within the organisation. People waste time and resources by…
Why Forgiveness in the Workplace Matters
The CEO Institute – March 2021
Forgiveness is rarely discussed in the workplace – imagine, if you could unwrap the Gift of Forgiveness? People would become aware of their mistakes and know their employer will help them conquer them and build skills to avoid making the same mistakes again. Others will be encouraged to…
Unwrap the gift of Forgiveness in the Workplace
Leaderonomics – March 2021
When we forgive, we take our power back. If we don’t forgive, this becomes part of our story and we continue to bring negative experiences and relationships into our workplace that can stifle performance, happiness and collaborative workplace culture.
Striking the balance between personal development and self-care
Institute of Managers and Leaders, Australia and New Zealand – March 2021
Many factors lead to energy depletion and burnout, including unclear role expectations and purpose, dysfunctional workplace dynamics, work-life-imbalance, job function overload, extremes of activity and lack of social support. To avoid burnout, we are advised to ‘self-care’. This is a concept many managers and leaders struggle with, fearing it comes at…
Workplace energy depletion is a reality. The 8 reasons why!
Thrive Global – March 2021
Living life as our full, energetic selves is vital for us to function at our highest level, both physically and mentally. When we feel energised, we feel motivated on a physical, mental and emotional level. It is up to us to be aware of when and how we replenish our energy. Life can be stressful and…
Book Blog | The Gift Mindset®
Major St Publishing – March 2021
The Gift Mindset® by Renée Giarrusso is a thought-provoking book offering readers a unique approach to tap into personal or professional “gifts”. The Gift Mindset® is about learning to be self-aware, acknowledging feelings, then accepting life lessons. By shifting our mindset, we view each event as a “gift” meant to enrich our lives.
Why strong leaders adopt a gift mindset during uncertain times
Insurance Business NZ – February 2021
Positive psychology research shows that 40% of our happiness is determined by how we think and act. It is possible to achieve an increase in happiness. This has a flow on effect that can help us deal with challenges and uncertainty-a key reason we need to adopt a ‘Gift Mindset’. Certainty is an innate core human need and never before has there been so much uncertainty in the world, in the workplace and for our future.
How to get comfortable being uncomfortable – it's the new norm at work
Insurance Business Canada – February 2021
COVID-19 has impacted everyone in some way and our ways of connecting, working and thinking. With hybrid and remote working in play much has changed and with it we need to ramp up our adaptability, innovation and collaboration, all key competencies in workplace success.
Limitless Leaders™ Connection – Are you ready to create a Gift Mindset® Culture?
Thrive Global – February 2021
Are you ready to create a Gift Mindset® Culture? Workplace culture is made up of shared values, beliefs and social behaviours, and so often these can be hidden, stifled or not lived within the organisation. The lessons we learn need to be shared to empower others, create openness and trust and in the process, become […]
Limitless Leaders™ Connection – GIFT MINDSET® The perfect team gift for 2021
Thrive Global – January 2021
As we reflect on this time last year, a lot has changed for all of us. Overall, people have grown in more ways than one, through different experiences and situations. From facing challenges and new ways of working and thinking to achieve success in or out of work, everyone has learnt something.
Limitless Leaders™ Connection – Boundaries-What do and don’t you stand for?
Thrive Global – January 2021
So here we are, we’ve headed into another new year. We’ve left 2020 behind us. It’s time to take what we have learnt and create some space to set boundaries and ensure we get the most out of 2021!
Limitless Leaders™ Connection – Building Mental Fitness Through a Culture of Gratitude
Thrive Global – October 2020
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.― Marcus Tullius Cicero Over the last few months with many leadership teams, we have explored the topic of gratitude and how this is being expressed in the workplace.
Creating a Gift Mindset Culture
News Break – August 2020
Many organisational cultures do not encourage or condone the sharing of challenges or failures and even sometimes the sharing of successes. Culture is about the shared beliefs, values, customs and social behaviour of a community. Therefore, if the culture you work within is against sharing lessons it may be something that never enters your mind, especially if that organisation is all you have ever known.
Limitless Leaders™ Connection – Curiosity to Fuel Adaptation, Innovation and Collaboration – the Future of Leadership
Thrive Global – September 2020
To lead an organisation and create a culture open to change, innovation and creativity, curiosity is key. The future of leadership requires us now, more than ever, to adapt, innovate and collaborate, and I reckon curiosity deserves some attention. Curiosity is a skill and also a characteristic – a motivating desire for more information.
Limitless Leaders™ Connection – R U Ok With Self-compassion?
Thrive Global – September 2020
Thursday the 10th September is R U Ok Day, a day to remind everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” As we all face the ups and downs of life, I reckon it’s a good day to stop and practice self-compassion in conjunction with compassion for others. Self-compassion opens the…
Supercharge Working Remotely – Limitless Leadership™
Strategies for Influence – June 2020
In today’s workforce, managers can often be the unsung heroes. Pivotal to an employee’s performance, motivation and happiness at work they have the power to influence how engaged employees are. In essence, they drive how people may think, feel and act, therefore have a great impact on the culture of their organisation. In this comprehensive article Renée steps through what it takes to lead and work remotely.
LIMITLESS Leaders™ Connection: Mindset Matters
Thrive Global – June 2020
Mindset Matters. Your mindset is a way of thinking. It is a collection of your attitudes, thoughts and beliefs that shape your thought habits. It is what you think day to day that can be a driving force to your success. Our mindset is a mental inclination or disposition, a frame of mind.
Giver or Taker – Which Are You?
Thrive Global – December 2019
Something I have been guilty of that I have to consciously control is giving too much. What I mean by this is I love to give and make a difference and in the last 5 years, in particular, I have had to be mindful of my time even more, in order to look after myself and my clients. Self-care takes constant work and focus and the benefits far outweigh the cost!
Q&A with Renée: strength or weakness?
Retail World – December 2019
Eric, says he feels that sometimes his strengths seem to hinder his growth in his current role. How can he ensure that he identifies when this is occurring and what steps can he take to ensure his ‘overdrive’ is not detrimental to himself and others?
12 Superpowers to Lead and be Limitless
Thrive Global – November 2019
What’s your Superpower? As a leader we can get caught up in the ‘doing”, juggling multiple balls in the air such as; technology, people, relationships, structure, reporting and 100 other things. It’s no wonder many leaders are only managing their teams instead of leading them and their organisations forward. Our latest Whitepaper.
Coach to lead, empower and leverage time
Coaching Life Magazine ‘Grand Final' – September 2019
So many people put off coaching or think they are coaching when in fact there is a lot of “telling” going on. My question to them is: “If not now, when?”
This article covers the 6 keys to coaching to empower.
Unwrapping the 3 layers of empathy
Thrive Global – October 2019
Three layers of empathy Psychologists for many years have identified that there are 3 types of empathy. There are many ways to feel and there are many ways to experience empathy. Empathy is all about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and seeing, feeling and experiencing what they are going through from their perspective…
The Gift Mindset™: 6 Keys to Leading With Empathy
Thrive Global – August 2019
Do you respond with empathy? When a colleague or direct report opens up to you about feeling overstretched and tired how do you respond? Do you respond with empathy or do you shut off as you have your own stuff to deal with? Empathy is one of the 12 Gifts to lead and be a Limitless…
Don’t use ‘time poor’ as a barrier to leading
Retail World – July 2019
One of the key barriers I find many people leading a business or team face is that they don’t allocate time to leadership. They tend to look at leading others as an “or” instead of an “and”. When you have a team you have a responsibility, leadership is a choice and a decision, not a title that automatically makes you capable and effective.
Q&A with Renée: leading self and self-leadership
Retail World – June 2019
Self-leadership is vitally important as you need to lead self before you can lead others, your business and decisions. Look at it a bit like building a house. You can’t put the frame up without laying a solid foundation first. If that foundation isn’t solid and built right, the house won’t last the test of time, a bit like trying to lead a business and team without leading your self first.
Q&A with Renée: how to switch off
Retail World – April 2019
Switching off is a challenge for many, especially when running your own business, as you are usually immersed deeply within it and most of the time over-passionate. Being a business owner for 11 years, I empathise with you and many others facing this challenge, as it is an obtainable one, but not a sustainable one.
Sharing your scars can be beautiful
Thrive Global – March 2019
In Japan, there is an art form called Kintsugi: the art of precious scars. By repairing broken ceramics, it’s possible to give it a new lease of life and it becomes even more refined, thanks to its “scars”. Kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride. This art form and philosophy got me thinking how alike we are to this as humans with all of our scars, mistakes, lessons and wisdom we learn in this thing called life.
Q&A with Renée: building rapport
Retail World – January 2019
Just like building a house, if we build a strong foundation, the house, like any relationship, has a stronger chance of lasting the test of time. Take the time to build rapport with those around you and remember we can go in and out of rapport, so don’t assume that, once built, it will last. Be mindful of where this is at, at all times.
Q&A with Renée: emotional intelligence
Retail World – December 2018
If you want to be leading and assisting in increasing EI, you need to lead by example. Really master your conflict management, emotional control and social awareness so you’re not just aware and managing your emotions, but also understanding that of others and demonstrating this, day to day, to your team and those around you.
The importance of Personal Branding Photography for your Business
Photo story by Ksenia Belova
Personal branding captures the essence of the real you and what you offer and how you solve people’s problems. It is what sums you up, what people see, feel and hear when your name/business comes up! They represent me to my existing and potential clients, many I may never have met. This is all they have to go on apart from what people say and the results they may have visibly seen.
How I used focus ‘hacks’ to write a book in 90 days: Author Renee Giarrusso
For leadership and communications expert, Renée Giarrusso, writing a book in 90 days meant some personal sacrifice. Her busy training practice meant the only hours she had to write were outside business hours. This is the time she usually spends doing yoga, cooking or relaxing with friends and family.