Posts Tagged ‘emotional intelligence’

Awareness = Intelligence?

I admit it’s a terrible habit – again sitting in a restaurant listening to the next table… but the guy was so loud I could hardly not!  Three people, “Joe” and 2 friends, Joe says he’s so glad to see them again and launches into a story.  Eventually says, “but I don’t want us to […]

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Emotional Triggers of Daily Life

One of my triggers is a desire to “fight for my rights” if I sense that I’m not supported in my work.  My fight response may manifest subtly as a tenacious search for an “unavailable” library book or the dogged pursuit of information from a tight-lipped colleague.  But underneath my smiling mask, I’m angry and […]

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EQ competencies when we’re ‘not at our strongest?’

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what happens to our EQ competencies when we’re stressed or compromised. This came about after taking the SEI several months ago and then taking it again recently with dramatically different results. I thought about the ‘snapshot’ concept and tried to place my frame of mind the first time […]

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Language and EQ – Keeping it Real

I was reading an article the other day about IQ, an interview between Mark Dery and Steven Pinker (http://tinyurl.com/nxjjmx), and while I was incredibly interested in the topic, I couldn’t help feeling that the whole article was excessively wordy. With a background as a biologist, I am capable of wading through wordy articles and sometimes […]

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John Mackey of Whole Foods on Hiring Leaders, Management Trends Article – Inc. Article

“…for leadership positions, emotional intelligence is more important than cognitive intelligence” – John Mackey, CEO – Whole Foods – Inc Magazine – July 2009 Here’s an excerpt: Q: What traits should I look for when hiring for a leadership position? A: My philosophy about this has definitely evolved over the years. I understand people a […]

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Emotional Intelligence and Intuition

Lately, I’ve been thinking about intuition and Emotional Intelligence. Writers such as Malcolm Gladwell and António Damasio have explored how “hunches” come from unconscious processes that involve our emotional brain. These intuitions provide extremely valuable information. Emotional Intelligence helps enhance this faculty. Here’s a lengthy quote from Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline, on this subject. […]

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The Secret of Successful Communicating: Emotional Awareness.

I keep noticing that the success of my daily interactions depends on my own clarity and inner honesty. If I’m upset or scared, this will come through in my nonverbals, no matter how hard I try to avoid this. Here are two recent examples. A new roommate moved into my office space. Some of her coworkers […]

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Happiness is: EQ findings supported in Grant study

What Makes Us Happy Barbara Fatum, M.Ed., Ed.D. It’s an age-old question; “what makes us happy?” Is it true love? Is it fulfillment in our careers? Is it status, respect, intelligence, money, family, friends, health, or any combination of these factors? Well, we have an amazing source to turn to for some answers to this […]

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Writing to Develop Emotional Intelligence

I’ve been reflecting on my writing practice and realize that it is a perfect tool for increasing emotional intelligence. Writing can help us reach unrealized parts of ourselves. Discovering myself. As I string words together, sentence after sentence, my conscious mind slowly gains access to a storehouse of impressions, ideas, memories, and knowledge from my […]

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Regional Norms and the Unwanted Emotion–Anger

While I’ve never lived in another country, I have lived for long periods in the Midwest and California. As I moved from one region to another, I felt a seismic shift between two cultures that seemed radically different in their approach to emotions. Were my encounters atypical? Perhaps. Still, as I contemplate my 20-year study […]

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