Posts Tagged ‘change’

The Memory of Pain

Tidbit from my physical therapist:  When you’ve experienced a lot of pain, for example from a ruptured tendon, when you go to try to use that muscle again your brain says, “NO!”  Not because it hurts now, but because your brain “knows” that activity will be painful. I’ve certainly experienced this in physical therapy with […]

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Seal the Deal in Copenhagen

The UN Climate Change Conference 2009 is being held in Copenhagen in December. Seal the Deal is their campaign to get collective agreements on environmental issues. There are two actions individuals can take: 1. Sign the petition The world urges world leaders to:Seal the Deal at COP 15 on a climate agreement that is definitive, […]

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Embracing the Wide Sky

Is it bad form to dip into books that you buy as gifts for other people? Probably. Never mind, I couldn’t resist. Embracing the Wide Sky is the second book by amazing Daniel Tammet, who is ‘a high-functioning autistic savant gifted with a facility for mathematical and natural language learning’. I read a fascinating interview […]

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Optimizing Manufacturing Reengineering with Emotional Intelligence

CIBA Specialty Chemical is engaged in a major change initiative — and using emotional intelligence to accelerate the process. The commitment to EQ assisted the CIBA team to achieve important business goals — for example, over two years, productivity increased by 18% while simultaneously reducing complaints by 73%.

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Controlling the Weed of Perfectionism

I just got back from a presentation. It went well but my perfectionist voice harps incessantly. Did that one participant need more time to grapple with an exercise? Should I have tried the roleplay together instead of letting them work separately? Since each group reacts to exercises uniquely, it is impossible to control outcomes. I’m […]

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What’s Most Challenging at Work?

Note:  The 2012 Workplace Issues Report is online here. We’re in the midst of collecting responses on the 2009 Workplace Issues Survey Here’s a “teaser” of some results. Interestingly despite current economic pressure, thus far this year the vast majority of responses still focus on the “people side” — for example, based on rough calculations […]

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Dismantling our Habits

Ace was a better tennis player than his sister Sophie. He usually won their bi-weekly games. Then Sophie decided to take some lessons. She had taught herself to play and now she really wanted to improve her game. Her instructor required Sophie to take apart her swing, and her abilities deteriorated. Ace teased his sister […]

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Why is emotional intelligence important for change?

I’d like to write several posts about this — about how EQ helps us plan for change, how it is key to our resiliency, and how it’s essential for leading change.  But for today I’ll focus on how this intelligence can give us insight, or understanding. Change is confusing.  While we’re fabulous at change, usually, […]

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Play? What Child Has Time For Play?

Dr. Anabel Jensen, President of Six Seconds, once told me that if I would get any magazine it should be Scientific American Mind. She told me it would inform by trainings and my overall life! Little did I know at the time that she would be so right! In the February/March issue of Scientific American […]

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6S Emotional Intelligence Model in Putrajaya – Video

This is an excerpt from a keynote for young executives in the Malaysian government (aka “emerging leaders”).  My goal in this session was to engage them to consider how they show up as leaders and the opportunity offered by using emotions more consciously and effectively. The clip starts with our “EQ-Performance Chain” which shows how […]

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