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Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

What x-factor is shared by great leaders and influential role models? Hint - it is not a personality trait. For example, some phenomenal leaders are introverts and others are extraverts. So not personality, but, rather…..It is VIBE. Vibe is attitude and energy.

VIBE when $#!T hits the fan

No matter how well you plan for success unforeseen variables will impact your path to your goals. COVID. ….A traffic jam en route to an important meeting….. The stock market….. Unfathomable executive decisions that you don’t understand but must lead your team to execute.

VIBE is a choice

Even when affronted with unexpected detours and challenges ONE thing remains always within your control. You choose your reaction to the unplanned, unexpected, and perhaps unsavory. We all view the world through filters based on our unique experiences, values, and assumptions. Those filters can either limit what we see (like tunnel vision) or expand it (like a prism), ultimately impacting how we show up. Our propensity to choose positive or negative energy will either boost or inhibit our ability to realize self-potential in all areas of life and career.

VIBE is energy

One tool I use with clients is the Energy Leadership Index™ assessment (ELI). It’s an attitudinal assessment, not a personality-based one, which assigns a numerical value to the types of energy a person experiences and expresses. Here are the basics:

Level 1 Energy: Lost. Stuck. Complacent.

Level 2 Energy: Anger. Combativeness. Adrenaline.

Level 3 Energy: Rationalizing. Coping. Getting through. “It is what it is.”

Level 4 Energy: Care. Compassion. Service to others.

Level 5 Energy: Opportunity. Win-win. Solution-focused.

Level 6 Energy: Intuition. Synergy. Creative genius. Visionary.

Level 7 Energy: Absolute Passion. Non-judgment. Oneness.

VIBE takes practice

We are all in constant flux with some mix of these energies, but our strongest tendencies define us. i3 Coaching clients follow this process:

Step 1: Discern what you can control and what you cannot.

Step 2a: Explore solutions for what you can control.

Step 2b: Activate awareness of your reactions to what you cannot control.

Step 3: With heightened awareness of energetic reaction, shorten the amount of time spent in levels 1 & 2.

Step 4: With intention choose a more positive energy perspective.

VIBE changes challenge to opportunity

Remarkably, this attitudinal approach creates transformative change in a short time. It is exhausting and futile to change who we are (personality) but feasible to change the choices we make (attitude.) Clients who move more quickly to a mix of levels energy 3-7 in the face of adversity own a path forward. When able to add level 5 in the mix, challenge becomes more automatically viewed as opportunity. This makes for great leaders. And, healthier and happier humans.

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Shelly Priebe

Since 2010 Shelly has consulted and coached companies of all shapes and sizes, ever finding herself in the midst of disruption. In 2018 she was on the core team of a start up tech company on mission to address the disturbing trend toward digital isolation. These days she finds herself fueling a (R)evolution with corporate clients dedicated to the democratization of coaching, an inclusive initiative intended to diversify the face of tomorrow's leaders. She was the co-chair for the 2020 ATX Global Leadership Summit. Shelly delivers iPEC's Core Energy Coaching™ methodology to create awareness and shifts in the energy that feeds thoughts, emotions, and actions. She is certified in Insights Discovery™ and Energy Leadership Initiative™ assessments. In 2020 Shelly elevated her “inner introvert” and relished more time in her Tree House office overlooking Lake Austin. Her dogs rejoice that their daily trail runs are not interrupted by her travel. While she wears many hats, “Mom” of four age range 13 to 26 is her favorite.