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[Take the Stage] Joan Graci – The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

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On Take the Stage, presented by Haley Marketing, we bring you the BEST speakers, coaches, trainers, and strategic partners from across the staffing and recruiting industry every other week. More than your standard interview, each conversation is built off of a specific session or topic these industry thought leaders bring to conferences and audiences around the country.


On this episode of Take the Stage, Brad Bialy is joined by Joan Graci, Brain-Based Coach and Owner & President of APA Solutions, on this epsiode we talk about how to get the most out of yourself and your employees.

  • Self-awareness is the foundation of effective leadership, as it helps leaders understand their strengths and areas for growth.
  • Understanding body language is crucial for effective communication and building relationships.
  • Coaching empathy is possible and important for creating a positive work environment.
  • Recognizing and accommodating the differences between introverts and extroverts can lead to better collaboration and productivity. Breaking habits is difficult, but progress is more important than perfection.
  • Emotional intelligence is crucial for effective leadership and creating a positive work environment.
  • Leaders should strive to understand and manage the emotions of their team members.
  • Getting to know temporary workers more deeply can lead to lasting relationships and better placements.
  • The staffing and recruiting industry should prioritize understanding the goals and needs of temporary workers. 


Brad Bialy 

Brad Bialy has a deep passion for helping staffing and recruiting firms achieve their business objectives through strategic digital marketing. For over a decade, Brad has developed a proven track record of motivating and educating staffing industry professionals at over 100 industry-specific conferences and webinars.
As a visionary leader, Brad has helped guide the comprehensive marketing strategy of more than 300 staffing and recruiting firms. His keen eye for strategy and delivery has resulted in multiple industry award-winning social media campaigns, making him a sought-after expert and speaker in the industry.


Joan Graci


As one of the only brain-based-certified Talent Coaches in the country, Joan has made it her mission to discover the secret of transforming organizational effectiveness as well as helping leaders grow through self-awareness. She incorporates hard data and science and uses it to bridge the communication gap between leadership and the people they employ by disrupting human capital norms. Leveraging three decades of analyzing data in the coaching and recruiting space, Joan defies traditional beliefs as it relates to the mindset of the workforce. Her passion is people, and she strives to coach leaders to work within the confines of the human brain’s natural abilities, rather than against it.

Joan has spent the past decade pursuing education in the field of neuroscience, including a focus on the advances that validate everyone has access to developing new ways of thinking. She studies at the NeuroLeadership Institute as well as other institutions that focus on this methodology. Her expertise includes team formation, organizational development, productivity, and people improvement, change management and corporate culture, conflict resolution and team building, empowerment, and motivation. She has used her knowledge to unpack how this innovative brain-based methodology helps thinkers, teams, and organizations benefit from self-awareness, promoting growth and transparency.

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