Reflecting on UCD 2017: Celebrations Around the World

Reflecting on UCD 2017: Celebrations Around the World

…: You’ve been part of the largest celebration of emotional intelligence in history. Look again at the map — you’ve been part of weaving something new and shining and beautiful. UCD is all of us. Together we can create 1B practicing EQ and change our future. Perhaps even more, the POP-UP Festival is a recognition: We are in this together for the long haul. This world is something we share. This vision of children and adults able to communicate & co…

Expert Panel: Leadership to Improve Trust & Communication

Expert Panel: Leadership to Improve Trust & Communication

…organization. “Today isn’t a blank slate. We come to this situation with a history of past experiences, for good & ill” Click to tweet Lea, how does that history affect trust — and what can a leader do to not get to trip over this fact that she’s walking into this situation with all of this baggage from other people? Lea Brovedani: I talk about the five commandments of trust. It’s caring, commitment, consistency, competence and communication. No o…

EQ Reflection: Monuments

…lt to tell in the moment-to-moment of our daily lives, but in the sweep of history it becomes clear. Great purpose requires the most exceptional commitment, but there’s a razor-edge between sacrifice for pride and sacrifice for promise. On a more personal scale, I finally saw the Vietnam Wall — it wasn’t here when I was a boy-hoping-to-be-a-man. I thought of Hank, my father, and how many of these shipmate’s names were carved into his heart as inde…

Optimism, Resilience, and Empathy in Esperanza Rising

Optimism, Resilience, and Empathy in Esperanza Rising

…ess to life. It’s a beautifully woven tale, a dark and serious time in our history entwined with shining threads of love and resilience. The narrator, Trini Alvarado, did a beautiful job — I’m sure the book is lovely in print as well — but I highly recommend listening to it. For teachers, Esperanza Rising would be ideal for discussions of the emotional intelligence competencies of Exercise Optimism and Increase Empathy, as well as for themes of mi…

Emotional Intelligence and Collaboration in Health Care

Emotional Intelligence and Collaboration in Health Care

…urpose – that they’re on the same team. This is easy to say, but given our history in healthcare, it’s difficult to achieve. Here are three tips when working to shift toward the new frontier of collaboration: 1. Build in time for personal connection. When we meet across the table wearing our roles, we carry our history and thus may automatically scan for threats. When we first create connection through getting to know the person we find that all t…

The Positive Ripple of a Strong Community: Building Trust Through Collaboration

The Positive Ripple of a Strong Community: Building Trust Through Collaboration

…t this moment in time in the world. It’s true, we are in a scary period in history. And human beings all around the world are scared. When you are scared you are unbalanced, and you make choices without applying consequential thinking, without navigating emotions, on the contrary. I don’t believe people are all bad. Yes, they are accountable and responsible for the choices they make. “All this intolerance and barriers, these walls, are a mirror of…

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

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

…purpose. That kind of attention is under more challenge than ever in human history – I mean, many of us work at a computer. A computer is a machine that is designed both to help us focus on our work and to distract us at the same time. We have pop-ups, you can always go on the web, and the big challenge is to be able to notice when your mind has wandered – the study said an average of 50 percent of the time, but most at the computer. One key: noti…

How to Teach Children Emotional Intelligence for a Better World

How to Teach Children Emotional Intelligence for a Better World

…larger story of human rights. Here’s a beautifully rendered story of this history. As you watch, consider: “How do I make these rights real in my own daily life?” “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, fa…

Putting Social Emotional Learning into Action: 5 Essentials to Make Schools Great Places to Learn

Putting Social Emotional Learning into Action: 5 Essentials to Make Schools Great Places to Learn

…s we want students to do whether they’re studying math, poetry, physics or history. All academic learning requires learning to focus, to sort, to store, and to communicate — and emotion drives our brains in these essential tasks. Teachers take note: How people feel changes their brains. Click To Tweet So how you feel changes how you learn. Research shows the context for learning it critical for student achievement. Students who feel threatened or…

Feeling Assaulted by Headlines: Reaching for Wellbeing with EQ

Feeling Assaulted by Headlines: Reaching for Wellbeing with EQ

…al world is different, it’s our world. Maybe we can’t change the course of history, but we can change the course of one another’s lives. In the epics, there are magnificent villains and heroes – magnificent as in, magnified. In the real world, the villains are regular people who long for love and respect, but can’t find it inside, so they try to make people respect them. They are petty bullies who laugh at a kid pushed to the floor, or a bureaucra…

A Moment of Choice: Africa Emotional Intelligence Conference Connects Continent’s Changemakers

A Moment of Choice: Africa Emotional Intelligence Conference Connects Continent’s Changemakers

…outhern part of the country, and Muslims, who live in the north. Nigeria’s history is one of colonialism, civil war, coup d’etats and military rule, with different religious and ethnic groups often warring with each other.   “We must come back to the drawing board and sow the seeds of a purposeful, peaceful, and emotionally intelligent future.” Click to tweet the Africa Emotional Intelligence Conference is bringing together the experts and change…

Better Decisions – Emotional Intelligence & Long-Term Thriving

Better Decisions – Emotional Intelligence & Long-Term Thriving

…to deciding that the sun, moon, stars, and planets all orbited the earth, history is littered with examples of devastating choices. At this point of human history, we seem bent on self-destruction – from volatile elections, to cutting 18 million acres of forest per year [2], to genocide, to horrific treatment of refugees, humanity does not seem to have learned to make better decisions for our long-term wellbeing [3]. That sad reality is echoed in…

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