Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – Flexing Your Leadership Courage

By : Dr. Steve Yacovelli
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Remember in “The Wizard of Oz” how the Cowardly Lion — when he got to see the Wizard — was like, “What? I already had courage? WTH?” I mean, it was kinda poopy that the Wizard made the poor cat go through that drama, only to say, “That gift you want? You already got it!”

Well, leadership courage is a lot like that. When leaders ask me, “How can I get more courageous in my leadership?” I share that — like the Lion — you already got this, just tap into it (or click your heels a few times like Dorothy)!

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us – Positive Thinking: Not Being a ‘Glass Half-Fool’

By : Dr. Steve Yacovelli
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I confess, I try to be a glass-half-full kinda guy. But these days it’s getting tougher to see that glass of [insert your beverage of choice] as being half-full versus half-flippin’-empty. There’s so much negativity in our world today, so much polarization, too many 24/7 news outlets needing to pull in our eyeballs and get our clicks. It gets exhausting looking at your Twitter feed, Facebook wall, your Instagram pics or tuning into the evening news and seeing or hearing so much “downer fodder.”

There’s a heap of studies out in the world that tell us that negativity—specifically negative thoughts—can greatly impact your physical and mental well-being. From lowering your immune system to impacting your ability to focus to creating severe depression, chronic negativity can be a disaster for us humans. I see this in the “resilience to change” workshops I do. Studies show time and again that those who have a more positive view of the world tend to be more resilient or “bounce back” in the face of changing times, especially negative times. Even in those more “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days”; if we force ourselves to see the good things that happened we tend to see the broader world in a more “silver lining” kind of way.

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The Pride Chamber honors LGBTQ professionals, community leaders at the 2019 Pride in Business Awards Gala

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Pride Chamber, formerly known as MBA Orlando, recognized LGBTQ business professionals and community leaders at the 2019 Pride in Business Awards Gala, presented by Two Spirit Health, at Hard Rock Live at Universal’s CityWalk in Orlando Aug. 3.

Hosted by Spectrum News 13’s Eric Levy and the legendary Miss Sammy, the evening featured a VIP reception, live entertainment and an epic after party in CityWalk.

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Dr. Steve Yacovelli explores LGBTQ people as leaders in his new book, ‘Pride Leadership’

By : Jeremy Williams
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Dr. Steve Yacovelli is the owner of TopDog Learning Group, LLC, a learning and development, leadership, change management, diversity and consulting firm based in Orlando.

“We work with organizations to help them maximize their human talent,” says Yacovelli. “It’s a lot of consulting, a lot of talking to see what the client really needs. Then using the tools that my team has to kind of get those problems solved.”

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Homo Erectus: The Evolution of Us: The top 6 leadership competencies every LGBTQ+ leader (yes: that’s you!) should know and grow

By : Dr. Steve Yacovelli
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We’ve all seen them in the breakroom or on some cool workplace swag: somewhere in your workplace there’s a list of your employer’s “core values” that anyone within the workplace should embody. You’ll likely see things like “integrity,” “team work” and “customer focus” listed. This is the social contract that anyone working for your organization should abide by.

Regardless of what those values are, it’s showing time again—especially in today’s modern workplace—that there really are six fundamental competencies that any LGBTQ+ leader—regardless of workplace, profession, level within the business or role—should focus their energy on if they want to not just survive but thrive in today’s workplace. And the best part, as a member of the LGBTQ+ Community, you probably already have an awesome handle on most of them.

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