How Aquasource Products have helped me

I first started taking the range of Aquasource supplements in 1997. I found the company to be ethical and supportive with a product range that they clearly cared about.

Today I am still taking Aquasource supplements. I did have a few years when I didn’t take them, but like anything of value you keep returning to it.

Aquasource provide a range of products based on Klamath Lake Algae. Algae contains naturally high levels of Vitamin B6+12. It is also high in iron and is a superfood. As the company itself says: “Our Blue-Green Algae from Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, USA is the most complete and bio available food on the planet from the cleanest, least polluted lake in the world. Unlike others who freeze their algae, we use a patented drying process to make sure we preserve and maximize the nutritional value of our algae.”

Aquasource is sold through distributors and I did sell it for a time in the late 90s early 2000s. I stopped selling it, not because I no longer believed in it, but because I moved on to other work. If you are serious about good nutrition and you would like to experience the health benefits of the range of amazing Aquasource products, you can view the full range of products here: https://jmcgrath.myaquasource.net/en-EU-46726

If you are a health care provider or you know any dieticians or nutritionists who may wish to add to their offering, please do forward on this email.

I am not actively selling these products, however with them being so good, I feel it is a shame not to share this information, as I am sure it could benefit many people! So maybe I am selling them now!

There is also a business opportunity and if you would like to find out more about that please click on the link below: https://jmcgrath.myaquasource.net/Business-Opportunity-en-EU/

You can also drop me a line to jsmcgrath71@gmail.com if you have any questions about the products. Thanks and healthy happy living to you all!

Farewell Equilibria Coaching – Hello to a new way of working!

This will be the final blog post on my Equilibria website as I bid a fond farewell to Equilibria Coaching and say a happy hello to ProACTive Coaching. The Equilibria Coaching website will remain up for another six to nine months (or whenever my yearly contract is up – 2020 sometime!)

Looking back on where I started with Equilibria Coaching, I can see how far I have come, particularly during the last year. 

I didn’t really understand either the dedication required, nor the hard work involved in running your own business.   But the most important lesson I have learnt is that I didn’t know enough about my target market, exactly who I was selling to, and I wasn’t clear enough about my offering.  Fatal mistake in any business.  However, working on a small scale suited me.  It gave me time to pursue other interests and I was always learning as I went.

In the last year, I got serious and I mean really serious.   I joined a business networking group.  I did more training in my field.  I became very clear about what I wanted to offer and to whom and I started a two-year business training programme.  I have probably met more people through business in the last 12 months than I did in the previous five years.   It’s quite a rollercoaster ride.

I have also discovered a new way of working.  I now have multiple income streams.  This has its advantages and its disadvantages.  The advantages are more opportunities to make money, a varied and interesting working life and the constant challenge and thrill of personal and professional development.  The disadvantages are juggling so many different projects, that some days I don’t know where to put myself I have so much to do!

ProACTIve Coaching is my main focus always.  It is my main business and it always comes first.  Everything else is just sauce!   As well as ProACTive Coaching I have the following streams of income:

The Elephant Crossing – a children’s book.  You can check it out on Amazon here: bit.ly/theelephantcrossing      I wrote this book and my friend Justine Simpson Worboys illustrated it and did the wonderful artwork in the book.

Skillshare.  I teach classes on Skillshare.  This is a very new project and is certainly a steep learning curve.  I absolutely hate doing video clips of myself and have a lot to learn about doing a more professional video, but I will get there.  You can check out my courses here: https://skl.sh/2XvihbU

Aquasource health care products: I have quite the story when it comes to my health! If you are interested in finding out what it is, you can check out this link on my Equilibria page:
https://www.equilibria-coaching.com/healthyliving/

As a result, I promote these products because I truly believe in them.  They have helped me to live a totally normal life despite having an autoimmune disease and they are wonderful products.

You can check them out here: https://jmcgrath.myaquasource.net/en-EU-46726

If you are interested in becoming a distributor for Aquasource, click here: http://jmcgrath.myaquasource.net/opportunity  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have helped and supported me in my journey thus far. I have had some wonderful support from family, friends and new business colleagues.  Let’s see what the next chapter brings!

If any of my projects are of interest to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  You can email me at jmcgrath@proactivecoaching.ie      Thank you!

‘It Does Matter.’ My Top Takeaways from the EQ Connects conference.

‘I’ve found my tribe.’ Never has an expression felt more apt than that one, following my attendance at EQ Connects 2019.

Being self employed can be a lonely business and there are times whether I wonder if other people get what I’m doing at all.  My ‘imposter-syndrome’ doubts include such thoughts as:

‘Do they get why Emotional Intelligence is so important, or think it’s just a self-indulgent interest?’

‘Do they understand how I can help them, or just think this is another ‘soft-skill?’ (aaaaargh!)

‘Have I explained Emotional Intelligence clearly enough and how it impacts on their self-awareness?’

Then I catch myself on when I see the great changes being made by people who have undertaken EI training (including some of my clients.)

However, my isolation and sense of doubt fully left me during the EQ Connects conference in Gateshead last Wednesday.

Speaker after speaker reinforced the practical, essential and transformational aspects of Emotional Intelligence.  These are people such as Martyn Newman of Roche Martin and Joshua Freedman of Six Seconds. 

I knew that I had found my tribe and that what I am doing matters. 

The biggest takeaways reinforced the importance of building Emotional Intelligence in the workplace, for all involved to experience higher productivity, satisfaction at work, self-confidence and even a more peaceful mind. 

Martyn Newman told us that in order to be at your best, you need to like and respect yourself, so that you can treat others with compassion and respect. 

I am truly grateful to Katherine Roff for her continuous encouragement for me to attend the conference.  I met some wonderful people and I will continue to promote Emotional Intelligence with the absolute certainty that it does matter and we are all worth it!

A 3 Step System to improve your staff retention and workplace relationships

With the labour market being as tight as it is and amidst all the Brexit doom and gloom, retaining top talent is more important than ever.

I am always astonished at how little time managers and employers devote to this topic.  It saddens me at how many excellent people I have seen leave organisations, when with better communication, an understanding of why the culture forced them out, and a little empathy, they may have been persuaded to stay.

I have a simple 3 step system to help managers and leaders develop themselves and their teams to ensure improved staff retention and increased motivation of top talent.

Step One:A PSYCHOMETRIC ASSESSMENT IN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.

Our assessment focuses on the eight main traits of Emotional Intelligence required to develop success in the workplace.   These are: Adaptability, Conscientiousness, Decisiveness, Empathy, Influence, Motivation, Self-Awareness and Resilience.   The assessment takes less than 20 minutes to complete.

Our clients have discovered that once they have undertaken this assessment and worked on the areas that require development, they have the insight and structure to deal with their emotions and behaviours.  They understand how their emotions and behaviours impact on others in the workplace and visa-versa, so they can act accordingly to improve workplace relationships and productivity.

Step Two: A 90 MINUTE FEEDBACK AND COACHING SESSION ON YOUR RESULTS.

Following an in-depth look at your results (this is a compulsory part of taking the assessment.) We offer: The Executive Coaching Package – An in-depth personalized approach to improving leadership qualities and self-awareness.  Executive coaching provides the tools to uncover blind spots that can lead to career derailment.  Our coaching package is entirely flexible to suit the needs of the individual.

Step Three: THE RELEVANT TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR YOUR NEEDS.

We provide a range of training workshops to identify team issues and resolve them quickly and effectively.

The Team Effectiveness Programme develops a team’s business Emotional Intelligence and shows the key drivers that underly a team’s capability and effectiveness.  It inspires a sense of collective responsibility, mutual respect and collaboration in your teams where it is most needed.

The Boosting Performance Programme helps individuals understand their behaviour and impact on colleagues and customers and changes the way people work together.

Develop Your Emotional Intelligence for Success provides organisations with the tools to develop their self-awareness, unlock their potential and understand the impact of their behaviours on themselves and others. 

If you would like a taster of the ‘Develop your Emotional Intelligence for Success’ workshop, I currently run a half hour course on Skillshare which you can access here https://skl.sh/2S9QcE8

(Free with a 1-month trial membership!)

Within the next month I will be publishing my new website, my new brand and my new offering which includes this 3 Step System.  This represents several years of fine tuning, feedback and seeing what works with my clients.   Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence are key to improving workplace relationships, having happier more motivated staff and retaining your top talent.

ProActive Coaching will be my new company coming in September 2019!

For a free 1-hour consultation please call Justine on +353 857272135.

The Role of Self Reflection in Emotional Intelligence

I recently became a facilitator for LIFT Ireland, (Leading Ireland’s Future Together) an organisation that is developing leadership qualities in people, using an ingenious and effective model.   What attracted me to it primarily is that it gives all those who undertake the process a chance for self-reflection, once a week for 30-45 minutes, over 8 weeks. 

At the LIFT Ireland conference in May 2019

The participants get an opportunity to reflect on an area of leadership, and to take time out to think about themselves with no judgement and no pressure.

It is so firmly rooted in Emotional Intelligence that it was a no-brainer for me. As Daniel Goleman says: ‘self-awareness is the cornerstone of Emotional Intelligence.’

In order to exhibit traits of empathy, self-regulation, motivation and social skills, the more aware we are the happier and more productive we will be.

But here’s the rub – like anything it takes time and a little effort.  However, the rewards are well worth it.   Whenever I use EI as the basis for my coaching, I see greater improvements in my clients.  I now know this is because they are developing their self-awareness.   They are learning when they are hijacked by the part of the brain called the amygdala, where they may undergo a feeling of loss of control or severe stress.  They learn what their triggers are and how to deal with them.  They learn about their values and their beliefs.

Taking time out to reflect is so essential for all of us, whether we are managers, business owners or parents and yet and yet…..why are more of us not doing it?   Time.   We don’t feel we have the time or deserve to take the time.

Well in my opinion you don’t have the time not to do it.   We all have the power within us to develop our awareness and in so doing live a more inspiring productive life.

If you would like to develop your self-awareness, you could start with a psychometric test in EI.  This comes with a 90-minute feedback session with me.

For more information on all matters EI and if you would like to take the assessment, or if you would like more information on starting a LIFT Ireland group, please contact me at

jsmcgrath@equilibria-coaching.com  or call me on 0857272135.

‘Be a river – not a reservoir.’   John C Maxwell.

There’s a lot of talk about leadership, but not enough action!

The other day whilst I was thinking how good people were at talking about leadership, and yet not demonstrating it, a song popped into my head from ‘My Fair Lady’ called ‘Show Me.’   Audrey Hepburn is basically fed up with talk – she wants to see action! 

‘Words Words Words
I’m so sick of words
I get words all day through
First from him, now from you
Is that all you blighters can do

Don’t talk of stars
Burning above
If you’re in love
Show me

Tell me no dreams
Filled with desire
If you’re on fire
Show me!’

It summed up exactly how I felt about all the talk I have recently being hearing about leadership.  There’s a lot of it about if you haven’t noticed!  What I am finding though, is that whilst I am seeing/hearing a lot of people talking about it, I also see a lack of action, and/or follow through.

What do I mean by that?

Well, people saying they will do things and not following through.  People promising to get back to someone and not doing it.  People saying, we need to act with more integrity, empathy and self-awareness, and then not demonstrating any of those traits.  

Where’s the action?  It’s great to hear all these words about leadership and self-awareness, but organisations are still rife with stress, lack of awareness and sadly even bullying.

Self-awareness is an essential first step for anyone who wants to put their words into action.  But there must be measurable actions put in place.  SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.)  Otherwise how can you know that you are developing as a leader?

If you are not following through, ask for feedback, get someone else to hold you accountable, do whatever it takes, but take action!

It’s not all doom and gloom.  I have met some fantastic young adults who are paving the way and showing us all what leadership is about.  More of that please!

For further information on leadership development, Emotional Intelligence psychometric testing, (to improve 8 qualities of EI that have been shown to lead to success in the workplace) or executive coaching, please contact Justine on 0857272135.

Also check out http://www.ebwglobal.com    I am an advanced facilitator of the EBW system and would be happy to give you a free consultation to see how I may be of service.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

My Story – Where my interest in Emotional Intelligence began, and why I believe it is so important in leadership.

Back in the 90s I worked as a marketing executive.  I loved my job and I liked the people I worked with.  It was a small company that was undergoing rapid growth and it was exciting to be a part of it.

However, there was an issue with one manager who was making life extremely difficult for everyone else.  And she was getting away with behaving atrociously.  Why?  To this day I am still not sure, except that it just seemed easier that way.   Years later, I was undertaking my six-month diploma to become an executive coach and we were introduced to the topic of Emotional Intelligence.   I had a huge epiphany – AH!!  That’s what some of us (me included by the way!) were missing.  We were all below par, or in some cases completely lacking in certain aspects of Emotional Intelligence.  

This included: Self-awareness; of how much the behaviour was impacting on our productivity.  Empathy; no-one was empathetic to those suffering at the hands of the manager and no-one used empathy to try and understand why she might be behaving this way.  Decisiveness; no-one decided that the behaviour had to be addressed.  Instead, we all buried our heads in the sand and hoped it would go away.  It didn’t and plenty of people resigned – me included.

So that was the start of my fascination with EI.  I read everything I could on the subject, and I am even more convinced now than I was then, that the traits that make us more emotionally intelligent are essential in good leadership.   All the leaders I respect and admire have emotional intelligence in abundance.  They understand that we must connect with people first and do business second.  They understand the impact of their behaviours on themselves and more importantly on others.

And they understand that to be empathetic is not a sign of weakness as so many managers seem to think. 

When I discovered the EBW (Emotions and Behaviours at Work) psychometric assessment on Emotional Intelligence, the circle was complete.  I had discovered an assessment that was easy to complete and focused on eight main traits of EI.   They also have an excellent range of training workshops and leadership tools.   That became the next stage of my learning.

I continue to study EI and coaching and I am constantly working on my own self-awareness.  The journey is challenging, exciting and fulfilling. 

If you would like to introduce Emotional Intelligence into your organisation, or you would just like a chat to find out more about what I do, please give me a call on 0857272135. 

Struggling to Retain Staff? Communication Issues? Perhaps I can help?

When I studied with EBW Global to become an advanced facilitator of their systems and materials, so many issues I had encountered in the workplace suddenly made sense.

Or should I say, I finally understood why organisations continue to flounder and not flourish.

If those in charge do not display emotional intelligence in the workplace, the following can happen:

  • Misunderstandings that are never cleared up and resentment follows.
  • Lack of morale amongst employees due to feeling they are not valued.
  • Leaders/managers who ‘assume’ or expect their staff to just do as they are told – without realizing that clearer communication could make all the difference.
  • Leaders/managers displaying a lack of being able to adapt to changing situations.
  • Poor decision making.

The good news is that EI can be developed.  Emotional intelligence is a work in progress.  We are all stronger in some areas and weaker in others.  However, without self-awareness, we cannot take the first step to improving the situation.

EBW Global specializes in helping employers and employees improve their EQ in the workplace.

How?  Through a range of reports, tools and workshops to support organizational objectives.

But – and this is crucial – I add the personal touch.  I will come into your organization and once the issues/objectives have been discussed, I can offer a tailor-made solution or solutions to ensure that your problems are solved in the most effective way.

Check out the range of options by clicking the link below, remembering that I can also provide a tailored solution if none of these exactly meet your needs.  For a no obligation meeting, please call Justine McGrath on 0857272135.    You have absolutely nothing to lose by having a chat.  Who knows, you might even learn something?!  

https://www.ebwonline.com/about-the-ebw/the-ebw-psychometric-system

Fed up hearing L&D bang on about Emotional Intelligence? It’s the results, stupid!

If I had a euro for every time a manager rolled his eyes when I mentioned the words Emotional Intelligence, I’d be half way to buying myself an expensive pied-a-terre is some salubrious part of the world.

I have tried (and failed) to figure out why these two words seem so threatening to some (definitely not all I hasten to add!) in positions of management.  Do they think it’s mumbo jumbo? Are they afraid of talking about, or having to identify their emotions? Or are they just tired of hearing the term?   Perhaps it’s a combination of all the above.

The good news is that once said managers give in, shrug and say, ‘alright, show me what you’ve got,’ they are usually more than a little surprised, and in a good way.   I keep banging on about it because I have seen the results.

Leaders who develop their EI are more able to understand, not only how to communicate effectively with their staff, but also how to better interpret the reactions and emotions of said important people. 

Imagine your beloved cat or dog just died.  You really don’t want to go into work, but you must because you have an important meeting.  Your manager is either a) completely lacking in EI and won’t want to hear about your beloved pet, and even if they do, won’t give a damn and will expect you to work as hard if not harder than ever.  However, if it is b) and your manager is well versed in EI, they will notice straightaway that something is wrong and call you into their office.  They will let you tell your story for 10 minutes during which they will actually listen.  After which they will naturally empathize by recounting a similar experience, after which time you are much more likely to get on with your work effectively and with gusto, knowing you have a manager who values you.

Managers and leaders who develop their EI are more self-aware and they just get-it.  They have happier and more productive staff and they know that a little understanding goes a long way.  They are also smart enough to know that it doesn’t mean giving up half your day to listen to someone’s sob story.  Most employees are wise enough to reign it in and not take up too much of their manager’s time.   EI managers are smart, wise beings.  We need more of them.  If you are an employee reading this who would like your own manager to show a little more EI, you can tell him or her you read this fascinating blog post……

If you are a manager or in a leadership role and I have piqued your curiosity even a little, I would love to tell you more about the incredible Team Effectiveness Programme and the Team Discovery Programme that I run as a facilitator for EBW.   They include the following: 

  • The EBWt Team Report provides a road map of where and how a team needs to develop their EI. It gives detailed feedback to empower teams to understand and take personal responsibility for critical emotions and behaviours at work. This transforms an average team into a high performing team.
  • The Team Discovery Workshop delivers unique team insights into why people behave the way they do and how to change the way they work together.
  • Action plans for further EI development are worked through.
  • Ongoing coaching support if required.

I am passionate about this work, as I have seen the results first hand. I would welcome a chance to tell you more.    So, with no obligation whatsoever, get in touch. 

You can call me on 0857272135 or email me at jsmcgrath@equilibria-coaching.com or find me on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/justine-mcgrath/

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.  It is much appreciated.

P.S. If you aren’t aware of the quote by James Carville which goes ‘It’s the economy, stupid,’ which he used in Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, you may be offended by my title. I hope you get it!

Do you think you are self-aware? Hmmm? Really?

The Power of the EBW Psychometric Testing and Coaching System lies in its ability to develop your self-awareness.

During my training in executive coaching, we had to do an exercise that involved asking other people for feedback/insights about ourselves.  There were a series of questions for those who knew us best to complete.  It was painful!  However, the pain brought astonishing rewards, and to this day, some twelve years later, I refer back to those insights people had about me as a reminder of how much I learnt about myself.

How we see ourselves is rarely, if ever, how other people see us.  So, how are we expected to change/improve ourselves, if we have no self-awareness?

The answer is we can’t.  The first step to improving ourselves as people, as managers or leaders or colleagues is to work on our self-awareness.  The problem is, most people have no idea where to start.  

That’s where I can help.  The EBW (Emotions and Behaviours at Work) psychometric assessment and follow-up coaching system (entirely tailored, so you can do as much or as little as you like) is your first step to greater self-awareness. 

By learning how you rate on the 8 emotional behavioural clusters that predict success in the workplace, and more importantly, what strengths and weaknesses you have in each area and why, you can learn an enormous amount both about how you view yourself and how others view you.

The eight areas are:

Decisiveness

Motivation

Influence

Adaptability

Empathy

Conscientiousness

Stress Resilience.

Imagine finding out a lot more about yourself in relation to those eight areas – sound useful?

It covers a lot of ground I can tell you.  I could have coaching sessions with someone on one area alone for several hours, if time was not such an issue.

Believe me when I tell you – I have seen managers and employees uncover fascinating insights about themselves after completing the EBW.    

The other advantages are, its simplicity – only 20 minutes maximum to complete, results are comprehensive and easy to understand, and to provide the cherry on the cake, there is the option of follow-up coaching to iron-out and work on the areas that require development.

It takes effort, commitment and will to improve your self-awareness, but the rewards are SO worth it.  The truly outstanding leaders of today understand that self-awareness is not a box to be ticked or a goal to be reached, but a lifetime journey of discovery. 

For further details and a no-obligation call to discover if the EBW system is the one for you, call Justine on 0857272135 or email jsmcgrath@equilibria-coaching.com