About Deb Robbins

Debbie Robbins has over 30 years of experience within nearly every organizational level of higher education and business from faculty/first-line employee to senior leadership. She has worked in the public sector, private sector, and with non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wyoming.

Managing Self-Awareness and Self-Regulation with EQ

Have you ever lost your cool in a conversation and later wished you had responded differently? For many of us, this occurs more frequently than we want to admit. We yell at our children; we are sharp-tongued with our spouse, or snippy with our coworkers. Why are we able to have decent, regular conversations so much of the time, but a particular situation, person, or comment sends us through the roof? The study of emotional intelligence can give us some of the answers. Emotional intelligence (sometimes referred to as emotional quotient) is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others and use this ability and awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. Developing this ability allows us to recognize how we feel in the moment and choose how we respond to those emotions; we also can recognize emotions in others and respond appropriately. Emotions are spontaneous and related to our interactions with a person, place, or situation.  We do not control our emotions, but if left unchecked, our emotions can control us.  The brain's limbic system produces emotions, and the frontal lobe controls emotional expression, behavior, and problem-solving.  Yet, we often react to a situation before our brains have time to process the emotion within the frontal lobe. Before reacting, you must take it upon yourself to feel the emotion and define it and choose how to respond. Practicing meditation helps improve mindfulness and self-awareness and, therefore, self-regulation, vital to gaining control over our emotions. This chart helps us understand some of the variations of

2020-09-10T16:19:38+00:00September 3rd, 2020|

How Higher Education Can Help Students Develop Soft Skills

The term "soft skills" seems to be the buzz word today. Jim Link, DHRO of Randstad North America, a leading staffing company in Atlanta, recently discussed the need for soft skills in the workplace through a multi-series of publications through the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM). Link describes his son's inability to maneuver the workplace due to his lack of adaptability, persuasion, influence, and negotiation. Link states that college graduates are entering the workforce without adaptability, problem-solving, creativity, influence, drive, empathy, and collaboration. How can this be? Higher education institutions design courses to include team projects, presentations, and problem-solving opportunities. It seems measuring these soft skills is a piece of the puzzle. However, most assessments are designed to measure competencies in hard skills and knowledge. If we step back and take a lesson from the human resource world, we find universities are attempting to solve a similar problem that HR experts have been trying to solve for many years. 360-degree feedback assessments have been used in industry for over 30 years with varying degrees of success. Could the academic world take this same tool and adjust it to measure the soft skills they develop through their programs? The answer is yes. Peregrine Global Services began as a leadership development company in 2004. With over ten years of experience in providing 360-degree feedback assessments for leadership development, Peregrine set forth to adapt the 360-degree assessment process to address the needs of higher education and help solve the skills gap present in our current workforce. The online assessment, EvaluSkills, is

2020-08-12T14:57:04+00:00August 11th, 2020|

Being Social while Social Distancing

In this challenging time, Peregrine’s entire team is working to guarantee the uninterrupted continuation of all the services and exceptional customer service our clients and partners have come to depend on. As an educational technology company, Peregrine has been working in tandem with accreditors as they move from in-person to virtual conferences. We are currently providing virtual workshop sessions and exhibitor booths with discussion rooms and forums. We believe that it is critical to continue to share best practices, gain professional knowledge, and, most importantly, maintain interaction among colleagues. At Peregrine, we prefer the term ‘​physical distancing’ to ‘social distancing’ since social interaction is vital to all of us both professionally and personally. It is especially important to stay in touch with others, checking in with coworkers, clients, partners, students, and loved ones. Whether by phone, text message, video chat, or email, staying connected is especially important during this time. How each of us responds to this crisis is what will be remembered. Despite these difficult times, through our actions, we can demonstrate that working collaboratively to find solutions will make all the difference. We can overcome the challenges we face with tenacity, perseverance, understanding and, most of all, shared humanity. This lesson, not found in a textbook, may be a valuable life lesson for those we encounter. Please know that we are here to help, listen, and provide support. We are only a phone call or email away. -Debbie Robbins

2020-08-11T21:57:20+00:00April 26th, 2020|