October Newsletter

Welcome to the PFP Newsletter! Each month we provide our members with updates on the latest news in EQ, highlight a piece of EQ thought leadership and inform about upcoming PFP events.

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We are excited to announce that PFP is partnering with the incredible Make-a-Wish of Eastern NC Foundation for our annual fundraiser and holiday party. PFP has committed to funding 1 Wish through proceeds of the event along with donating additional proceeds to Make-a-Wish of Eastern NC from this event.  Wishes strengthen kids and their families, rally communities together, and change the lives of everyone involved.

Tickets for the event are now on sale on our website or through the link below and include live music, 3 course meal, beer and wine. Ticket holders will also get access to an exclusive raffle, silent auction, and Live High-Rollers Auction during the event.

We hope to see you all there!

PFP Inaugural Dallas Event

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EQ Tip: Hubris vs. Confidence, a lesson in Self-Awareness

It is important to be confidence in our daily lives, after all it is probably one of the most valued qualities of a strong leader. But at what point does confidence become hubris or arrogance?

Confidence is defined as a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities. Meanwhile, hubris is defined as exaggerated pride or self-confidence. As you can see, confidence feeds into hubris so it is critical for leaders to understand where to tow the line between the two. People want to willingly follow confident leaders, and confidence inspires people to believe in your vision.

Hubris and arrogance, on the other hand, strike fear and resentment in your peers. An arrogant leader will lose sight of why people agree with them. So how do we determine if we are a confident leader or an arrogant one? Being able to study and recognize your emotions is the difference.

Enter self-awareness. Self awareness is one of the four pillars of “Emotional Intelligence 2.0.” It is the ability to know yourself as you really are. This doesn’t just mean knowing whether you are a cat or a dog person, or a morning or a night person, it means that you know the essence of yourself and know how your emotions can impact the people around you.

By practicing self-awareness exercises, getting to truly know yourself, you’ll begin to understand to impact your actions and emotions have on the people around you and how it affects their perception of you. One way to analyze confidence vs hubris is to study the ripple effect on your surroundings. If you are finding that people always agree with you, they may be fearful to disagree with you or challenge you. The dreaded “yes men” will lead you astray if you are not properly in touch with the potential impact of your actions.

Another way to increase your self-awareness is to ask others for feedback. In my opinion, this exercise takes the most courage. By reaching out to others to ask for their opinions, we are able to see a side of ourselves that we are likely overlooking, and achieve a level of self-awareness that many people cannot.

Take some time to reflect on your behavior. The more you understand how your emotions ripple outward, the better equipped you’ll be to choose the impact you want to influence and better inspire your peers.

Book of the Month: “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek

In “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t,” Sinek focuses on several different team dynamics. Through his work with many different organizations globally, Simon explores why some teams will go to battle for each other and others are doomed, destined for incessant infighting.

While many workplaces are shrouded in cynicism, paranoia, and self-interested, the best choose to promote trust and cooperation. Those leaders built what is referred to has Sinek’s “Circle of Safety” that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside.

So check out this month’s book and learn how you can incorporate the same ideals of other organizations are using to achieve success.


EQ Article: “Ten Fundamental Truths That Will Change Your Life” by Travis Bradberry

It is very easy to find yourself just “going through the motions” when it comes to life. You get so set in your busy routines of balancing our work schedule, personal life, and other responsibilities that you sometimes lose touch with ourselves. Maybe you find yourself in a rut, facing the same obstacles and challenges.

Travis Bradberry proposes in this article that oftentimes, when this occurs, a person has lost focus on what really matters. In order to be successful, you need to keep asking yourself if you’re headed in the right direction. You need a reminder to help us stay focused. Dr. Bradberry offers Ten truths and practices that will help you hone in on life’s essential truths.


Andrew Di Meo