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Should Emotional Intelligence be Taught?


“Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught,” a recent The New York Times article generated over 400 comments and thousands of additional posts and tweets (Google offers 535,000 hits).  Those of us working in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) know the answer — yes.  It can.   The NYT comments, however, were largely about a different question:  Should it? One […]

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Disconnecting and Connecting: Daniel Goleman & Joshua Freedman on FOCUS, part 3


In the chaos of contemporary life, how do we maintain connection to self and others?   Is it enough to “unplug” once in awhile?  We are constructing a “new normal” – what are the internal and relational skills needed to thrive in these times of disconnection and connection? Daniel Goleman and Joshua Freedman continue to […]

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New Website Beta


We’re completely updating a new look — and new focus. What do you notice about the site?  What’s great – and what’s not?  Leave comments below!  

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Back in Focus – Daniel Goleman and Joshua Freedman on Attention and Emotion, Part 2


How do we fully engage attention to use the full power of our minds? What fuels and blocks performance in work and life? Joshua Freedman & Daniel Goleman discuss his new book discuss the science of attention and how it applies to life in the office, in nature – and even in bed.

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The Lie of “I’m Fine” and Other Emotional Deceptions


Why is it SO difficult to communicate? A starting point is a wide-spread lie we tell others — and ourselves. Here’s how to go deeper.

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How Does Emotional Intelligence Increase Power?


Emotions drive you, and others. How are you using the energy of emotions to strengthen your own influence — to use your power more effectively?

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Daniel Goleman’s New Focus


What’s your focus?  How do you decide?  Do feelings play a role? Daniel Goleman’s new book explores the research and practice of attention — which turns out to be a powerful tool to create positive change.  Here’s why he wrote the book – and why it matters to those of us committed to emotional intelligence. […]

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Tips to Practice Emotional Intelligence 2: Choice


Emotional intelligence helps us make better choices; we can evaluate and respond rather than reacting unconsciously. Simple, but how to do it? 15 practical tips from our network members around the world.

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Rules, Agreements, Emotion and Motivation


Are Rules & Agreements the same? How do they affect emotion and motivation? Are you confusing the two?

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I’m Just Trying to Be Honest


We’re so good at excusing our own meanness. What would happen if we stopped? Emotional intelligence offers a way to get rid of the illusion of self-protection afforded by hurting others, and stand up as the best version of ourselves.

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