Emotional Intelligence and High Performance

What distinguishes great leaders from simply good ones? The answer: Emotional Intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to be aware of our own emotions, to be conscious of the emotions of the people around us, and to manage our emotions effectively in professional and personal relationships, even when those relationships become difficult.

i The Tetons, Wyoming. Possibly the most beautiful mountains I have seen in the United States.

According to research, Emotional Intelligence matters twice as much as technical expertise or IQ. Emotional Intelligence accounts for 67% of the abilities necessary for superior performance. And, Emotional Intelligence is the primary determinant of the quality of our relationships, at work and in our personal lives. The great news is that through focused and disciplined practice, we can improve our Emotional Intelligence.

The Emotional Intelligence and High Performance series is based on Daniel Goleman’s Social and Emotional Intelligence model. At each session, you will get an understanding of the impact of Emotional Intelligence on the workplace. And, you will learn specific techniques to improve your own Emotional Intelligence so that you can achieve peak performance.

Four 60 minute sessions


Session 1
What is emotional intelligence and why is it important?
Self Awareness: Learn how to develop self awareness so that you can better understand yourself.

Session 2
Self management: What is it and why is it important? Learn to manage your impulses and emotions and stay calm and clear headed under stressful situations.

Session 3
Empathy: What is it and why is it important? Learn techniques on building empathy so that you can better understand another person’s emotions and their point of view.

Session 4
Relationship management: What is it and why is it important? Learn skills to motivate and inspire others to bring out their best.


i The Dolomites, Italy. I took my son on a trip to Italy. We hiked hut to hut in the beautiful Dolomite mountains.



What is Mindfulness and why is it important? What does the new science of health and happiness have to do with being mindful? What are some things we can do to become more mindful? How does being mindful improve happiness and success in all parts of our personal and professional lives?


Mindfulness has become a popular term. It is all over the news and media. Both Time and Newsweek magazines recently came out with special editions just on the topic of mindfulness. Wisdom 2.0 is a three day conference in San Francisco with over 3000 in attendance and over 50 speakers on mindfulness and other related topics. Daniel Goleman, researcher and author who coined the term Emotional Intelligence, just published the book "Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body.” But what exactly does it all mean? At this session, learn how becoming more mindful can help you become healthier, happier, more focused and efficient.





Research shows that happiness brings success to all areas of our lives, and not the other way around. Happy people are more productive, have higher sales, perform better in leadership positions, receive higher performance ratings and higher pay. Happy people also live longer! But what are the things that bring us true happiness? We know from the research that we often pursue things that we think bring us happiness instead of those things that truly fill our soul. Learn valuable techniques from the science of happiness that will help you become more successful in your life and in your work.

i La Jolla, California. My daughter’s water polo team celebrating a successful tournament.

i The Andes, Chile. I traveled to Chile to watch my youngest daughter compete for the United States in synchronized swimming at the Pan American games in Santiago, Chile. I snuck away for a weekend to ski in the beautiful Andes mountains.


Skiing for Success, Executive Coaching on the Mountain

What does success mean to you? What matters most in your life? How can you get from where you are now to where you want to be?  The outdoors inspires creative, mindful and forward thinking.


Join Sarah on the slopes for a private half day of VIP Executive Coaching. Together, we will clarify your goals and vision.  We will identify your values; what matters most to you.  Then, we will create a plan and strategy to move you from where you are now to where you want to be.  Advanced skiers.  


A sample of our day together might include:

Breakfast meeting where we will strategize and plan our day together. Discuss your goals and our coaching objectives. 

Coaching and skiing. We will have powerful conversations throughout the morning. There will be time to discuss as well as time to reflect. 

We will wrap up our coaching session and create a plan of action to move you from where you are to where you want to be.