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Self-Discovery in Leadership: The Importance of Locating Yourself

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Jul-2024 07:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Personal Development, Leadership

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In the world of leadership, where the ability to inspire, motivate, and guide others is paramount, the skill of leading with consciousness and intentionality becomes a defining attribute that distinguishes exceptional leaders from the rest. I face this every day with my own team and the challenges we face. 

As the demands on leaders grow increasingly complex due to the fast-paced business environment. we live in, the need for a deeper understanding of oneself becomes crucial, enabling leaders to navigate their roles with clarity, empathy, and resilience.

We recently spoke about the difference between emotional intelligence (EI) and social intelligence (SI) - both crucial for the success of anyone, not just leaders. Today I want to show you a great video I came across about self-discovery as an integral tool for leadership and your EI and SI. 

Before we go into the video, let me cover a few important points.

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Key Learnings and Actionable Tips from "Millionaire Success Habits"

[fa icon="calendar'] 01-Jul-2024 11:33:46 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Personal Development, Books, Career

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Is there anyone who doesn't want to be a millionaire? I doubt it. We all want financial security but achieving financial freedom is far more desired by many because it provides the ultimate flexibility and peace of mind, allowing individuals to live life on their own terms without being constrained by financial limitations.

I stumbled across the book "Millionaire Success Habits" by Dean Graziosi and wanted to share today some of the key learnings and tips from it. The book is considered a transformative guide designed to help individuals break free from mediocrity and achieve extraordinary success. Graziosi shares his personal journey from humble beginnings to becoming a successful entrepreneur and offers practical advice and habits that anyone can adopt to elevate their life and career. Ultimately, it all comes down to one thing - the power of your mind. 

Let's look at the key learnings and actionable tips from the book.

5 Key Learnings from Millionaire Success Habits

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The Difference Between Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence

[fa icon="calendar'] 06-Jun-2024 07:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Personal Development, Career, Leadership, Growth

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In today's fast-paced and interconnected business environment, technical skills alone are no longer sufficient for achieving success. The ability to navigate complex interpersonal dynamics and effectively manage emotions has become more crucial than ever and I feel it every day in my work. This is where emotional and social intelligence come into play.

Understanding and leveraging these forms of intelligence can significantly enhance your ability to lead, collaborate, and drive business success.

Emotional intelligence (EI) and social intelligence (SI) are related concepts that both involve understanding and managing emotions but they focus on different aspects of interpersonal skills.

We delved into the power of social intelligence a few months back but today I want to go into the differences between emotional and social intelligence, and more importantly, provide actionable tips on how to leverage each in a business context.

By cultivating these skills, you can improve your interactions with colleagues and clients, foster a positive work environment, and ultimately, boost your career success. These skills can also help you in your personal life.

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A Day in The Life of a Chief of Staff in Tech

[fa icon="calendar'] 01-Mar-2024 08:00:00 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Personal Development, Work Experience, Technology, Career, Leadership

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I've been a Chief of Staff for close to two years but I've held similar positions in the past without the title. 

People often ask me "What is it that you actually do?"

Chief of Staff roles have become popular over the last few years, especially in tech. Many of the big companies have a Chief of Staff for all of their SVPs and above, and some even for VP and above. 

I find the Chief of Staff role quite unique depending on who the executive is that you support. I'm lucky to have an amazing leader who I work with hand in hand which allows me to learn and grow. 

But back to the question about what is it that a Chief of Staff does every day. Let me go through a day in my life, however, before I begin I have to say that the Chief of Staff job is so versatile and frankly not every day is the same because the role itself relies on the ability to pivot, adjust and be flexible pretty much all the time as there are often last-minute fires to be put down. So I will focus on explaining the key daily responsibilities. 

A Day in the Life of a Chief of Staff in Tech

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My 3 Non-Negotiables for Peak Performance in Work and Life

[fa icon="calendar'] 05-Feb-2024 20:24:50 / by Iliyana Stareva posted in Personal Development, Growth

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Many people ask me how I remain this productive in a job that's full of last-minute urgencies and constant changes?

My answer is simple, I have three non-negotiables to keep a high performance at work and in my private life and they have nothing to do with work itself. All three are about something very foundational - my body and ensuring it functions at its peak. 

I've spent years nurturing three key habits to ensure I can perform at high and quick speeds: exercise, nourishing food and sleep. These three have been and still are the best decisions I make every day. 

My 3 Non-Negotiables for Peak Performance In Work and Life

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