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We all know the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. But when it comes to leadership, there’s a key word in that phrase that undermines what you’re trying to achieve as a leader: you. The way you want to be treated.


When you’re first launching your business, you can spend time guiding your employees. As your company grows, you’ll have less and less contact with staff members. Yet as Jackie Insinger discusses in Spark Brilliance, you can avail yourself of ways to spark the desire to commit acts of extraordinary achievement throughout your team — even when you’re not around.


Fifty percent of managers don’t set effective employee expectations.

Fifty percent.

That number comes from a Towers Watson survey, and to me, it’s staggering. Half of all leaders out there are trying to drive results with a team that isn’t clear on what they’re supposed to be doing.


“I want to be on the fun team!” Believe it or not, this is something I often run across in companies. Somehow, a narrative forms among the employees that their environment is a drab, monotonous slog, and there’s one particular team, one shiny castle in the clouds, that sticks out as a magical, golden, happy place of fun times and joy.


I always wanted to learn more about people and understand how they think, feel, and make decisions, so I pursued my passion at Duke and got a psychology degree.

Five Steps To Great Workplace Communication

Effective communication is saying what you want to say, right?

This is one of those things that sounds like it should be true, yet it’s not. In truth, communication is only effective when the message is received accurately.

3 Actions Leaders can Take to Ensure They’re not Spreading Negative Energy

Author Jackie Insinger maintains that connection is one of the most powerful leadership tools. Used in the wrong way, though, it only serves to reinforce the walls people build around themselves.

Commentary By Harvard’s Jackie Insinger, Author Of Spark Brilliance

A great communication culture is one where every person on a team is secure in the value of their contributions, and is certain that their leader wants to hear and understand them. If you build it, they will speak.

14 Pragmatic Ways To Become A Better Co-Worker

Working as part of a team can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, but it isn’t always easy.

13 ‘Right’ Ways For Leaders To Set Expectations With Employees

If leaders want employees to maximize productivity, get projects completed on time and accurately, and help the business thrive, they must ensure that every team member understands exactly what is expected of them.

12 Ways To Beat Monotony And Stay Creative While Working Remotely

For some people, working from home is an ideal situation, see how to beat the monotony and stay creative and energized while working from home.

How To Coach A Nervous Client Through Their First Business Launch

Cutting edge advice they would give to clients who are nervous about launching their first business.

Take A Networking Pitch To The Next Level With These 12 Tips

As your career and skills grow and evolve, so should your networking pitch. To help you take it to the next level, 12 Forbes Coaches Council members provide their best advice below.

14 Challenges Every Solopreneur Will Face And How To Solve Them

Solopreneurs are flexible, dedicated individuals who are so passionate about their business that they’re willing to go it alone. To find success in their endeavors, they must often assume every role in their companies.

Here, you’ll learn some of the biggest challenges every solopreneur will face and strategic ways to avoid or solve them.

Jackie Insinger Selected into Forbes Coaches Council

Forbes Coaches Council Is an Invitation-Only Community for Leading Business and Career Coaches.

Jackie Insinger (Insinger Insights), Executive Coach and Team Dynamics Facilitator, has been selected into Forbes Coaches Council, an invitation-only community for leading business and career coaches.

Jackie’s unique approach with leaders and teams combines positive psychology and neuroscience research to increase connection, motivation, communication, and accelerate performance and team dynamics.

Featured Podcast Episodes

Jackie Insinger takes leaders from great to extraordinary by teaching them to make their brilliance contagious.

Leadership is not just a work thing, it’s a life thing. I’m fascinated by the science of positive psychology and how to leverage it as a leader.

Jackie discusses her framework of “platinum leadership”, treating other people how THEY want to be treated. And I love this quote –  “brilliance is who you are and how you choose to show up”.

Ready to Spark Brilliance (it’s also the title of her new book on Leadership)?  Jackie Insinger is your source.

Listen in to discover what the Platinum Rule is and how to really create massive outcomes in the workplace.

Over the past couple of years, we have been aching to “get back to normal.” But what if instead of aiming for, “normal,” we aimed for “Extraordinary,” “Fulfillment,” and “Happiness?” Would that make a difference in your organization?

In this episode, Leadership Expert Jackie Insinger uncovers simple, actionable steps to ignite your brilliance and spark the brilliance in your team.

In this episode, Jackie talks about self-awareness and how she turned that into a profitable business by teaching leaders and teams to work affectivity together in the workplace. Jackie Platinum rule is to treat others how they would like to be treated. Through her work, she helps facilitate more meaningful and effective relationships by understanding each other and honor the differences we all bring to work cohesively.

On today’s episode of Author Hour, I sit down with author, Jackie Insinger and we discuss her new book, Spark Brilliance. As a leader, you’re always looking for ways to enhance the performance of your team but as your responsibilities grow, your time and attention become more and more limited. 

If you’ve ever wished you could simply clone yourself, this is the book for you. In Spark Brilliance, executive coach Jackie Insinger, uses her more than two decades of experience to introduce a revolutionary approach to leadership and team dynamics that will transform your team’s performance, productivity and fulfillment.

Positive Psychology-led framework, Platinum Leadership, has been a game-changer for thousands of people and businesses throughout the world.

Jackie Insinger is a member of both the Forbes Coaches Council and the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. She is the author of SPARK BRILLIANCE – the leader’s playbook we all need today.

Whether at work or at home, YOU are a leader. Today you’ll learn what it means to spark brilliance as a leader and create authentic connection amongst your team and those around you.

In the latest episode of the Transform Your Workplace podcast, host Brandon Laws sits down with Jackie Insinger, author of Spark Brilliance: How the Science of Positive Psychology Will Ignite, Engage, and Transform Your Team. The two discuss the power of Positive Psychology and how leaders can see transformation by “building what’s strong not just fixing what’s wrong.”

In this video, I interview Jackie Insinger on the new strength-based book, Spark Brilliance using the principles of positive psychology to create transformation in personal and professional lives.

Jackie Insinger has brought her expertise in Cognitive Psychology and Interpersonal Dynamics to the business world as a sought-after Executive and Team Dynamics Coach. Using her research-based, action-oriented methodology, Jackie helps leaders and teams focus on unique strengths and authentic connections in order to increase performance, results, and fulfillment.

I’m excited to share this episode with you, because it’s with my dear friend Jackie Insinger. We talk about her new book, Spark Brilliance, and the lessons we can learn about being a kind and empathetic leader.

What’s the ONE thing holding you back from becoming an extraordinary leader?  Discover Jackie Insinger’s unique approach with leaders and teams combines positive psychology and neuroscience research to increase connection, motivation, communication, and accelerate performance and team dynamics.

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