The Power of Passion

A true story. Rick and I are selling our home. Several weeks ago, we readied ourselves to interview several realtors. Still, we knew our tendency—to go with the first person we met. That was Bob. Nice guy. After hellos, we sat at our dining table and Bob took us...

Symptoms of Inner Peace

Came across this message from an author named Saskia Davis: SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment A loss of interest in judging other people A loss...

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...

Changing How We Work

Yesterday I came across a common situation at work and was frustrated mostly by how simple it seemed to make a change. A colleague finds himself feeling stuck, caught in a position between a demanding and sometimes irrational boss and a team that is dissatisfied and...

Anger Is Not the Problem

A friend recently confided that he had “acted badly” at work. He had raised his voice and snapped at his team. Now he felt ashamed. I asked him to describe the situation. “Greg” had repeatedly asked his logistics team to bill their trucking partners using new...

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”...

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...
Alone in the Parade

Alone in the Parade

The drive to connect, to be accepted, is both glorious and brutal. It drives us to care and connect — and to engage in self-destructive behavior in a desperate bid to fit. The “thinness” of digital connection can’t actually be fixed by quantity — just as one can not get a healthy meal by eating a LOT of junk — but the thinness may drive people to want more.

Testing College Students’ Personality

Here’s another sign that business and education are recognizing the vital role of EQ. Because nearly half of all students who start doctorate programs don’t finish, educators have long wondered how best to judge applicants to graduate schools and reduce...
Seal the Deal in Copenhagen

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...
Malcolm Gladwell on Overconfidence

Malcolm Gladwell on Overconfidence

I am big fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s work, as is my daughter Hannah, and a number of people in my MA class, so we went down to see him speak at the Brighton Dome on Tuesday night. MG decided to talk about ‘overconfidence’ instead of taking any extracts...