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Why Everyone Should Read Harry Potter

Why Everyone Should Read Harry Potter | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Tales of the young wizard instill empathy, a study finds
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Want to increase empathy?--Read novels!  "A study published last year in Science found that reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or nonfiction, results in keener social perception and increased empathy — empathy being defined more or less as the ability to alternate between different perspectives on a particular person or situation."

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The Importance of Self-Awareness, and How to Become More Self Aware

The Importance of Self-Awareness, and How to Become More Self Aware | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
They say the first step is admitting you have a problem, and that's true in every aspect of life. Self-awareness and introspection have the ring of of a self-help guru's empty promises, but they are the starting point that leads to every improvement.
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This article includes a link to a TED talk by researcher Daniel Kahneman on self-awareness and happiness--worth listening to in my opinion.

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Want Healthy Personal and Professional Relationships? It's All About Praise. | Big Think

Want Healthy Personal and Professional Relationships? It's All About Praise. | Big Think | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Understanding the importance of praise in our personal and professional lives means overcoming a blind spot in human psychology that is many tens of thousands of years in the making. 
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"Understanding the importance of praise in our personal and professional lives means overcoming a blind spot in human psychology that is many tens of thousands of years in the making."

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Great leaders inspire action by using emotional intelligence - Cleveland Jewish News

Great leaders inspire action by using emotional intelligence - Cleveland Jewish News | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Great leaders inspire action by using emotional intelligence Cleveland Jewish News These successful businessmen and women possess keen emotional intelligence and exhibit a gift for understanding the deeper psychological reasons as to why people...
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What do Martin Luther King Jr, the Wright Brothers, and Steve Jobs have in common?  Read what this author says about their emotional intelligence.

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Emotional intelligence: Why people get it wrong - The Economic Times

Emotional intelligence: Why people get it wrong - The Economic Times | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
There’s lots of confusion about what emotional intelligence actually is. Here’s a quick look at the concept.
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If you like infographics, this one on Emotional Intelligence is interesting.

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Emotional Quotient - the key to balanced leadership | HRZone

Emotional Quotient - the key to balanced leadership | HRZone | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Awareness and self-management are crucial to leadership success.
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Self-awareness and self-management are two of the important aspects of Emotional Intelligence for leaders.

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Naida Culshaw - facilitator + business skills trainer + coach's curator insight, August 17, 7:31 AM

The ideal leader could be a combination of the best features of ‘generation grr’ and ‘generation zzz' with a heavy dose of emotional intelligence! 

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How Wonder Can Save Your Life

How Wonder Can Save Your Life | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Wonder, a combination of curiosity and appreciation, is a powerful experience that is good for your physical and psychological health as well as your relationships, creativity, and work performance... Not only is wonder good for you, it could actuall...
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A sense of wonder can be cultivated and celebrated. . .

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Be Empowered: Don't Let Your Emotions Behave Like Pathogens

Be Empowered: Don't Let Your Emotions Behave Like Pathogens | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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Recognize how your emotions affect your body .  . .

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Shining a Light on Self-Awareness - Human Resource Executive Online

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Shining a Light on Self-Awareness
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Shining a Light on Self-Awareness. New research coming from Columbia Business School suggests many in your organization are in the dark as to how they're being viewed by others.
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One significant ingredient of self-awareness is understanding how others perceive you. 

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How Leaders Become Self-Aware

How Leaders Become Self-Aware | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
A plethora of people, courses, and self-help guides profess to lead you by the hand to the promised land of business success. The problem is that things are always messier than the how-to's make th...
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As a leader, you need to understand your "super powers" and your "kryptonites."

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How 14 Things That Happened To You In Childhood Shape You As An Adult - Business Insider

How 14 Things That Happened To You In Childhood Shape You As An Adult - Business Insider | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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How 14 Things That Happened To You In Childhood Shape You As An Adult
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... to enter a healthy, physically intimate relationship with a partner later in life.
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Are these too simplistic to be true?  See what you think. 

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What people actually mean when they say they're too busy - Daily Life

What people actually mean when they say they're too busy - Daily Life | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Daily Life What people actually mean when they say they're too busy Daily Life What preys on our minds, when we aren't updating our Facebook page or in spinning class, are the things we haven't figured out — difficult relationships, personal and...
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Alone with your thoughts?  Try thinking of yourself in third person to resolve personal challenges. 

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The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
And what managers need to know about negative ones.
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Your comments--positive or negative--have a powerful effect.  Proceed with caution . . .

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'The Village Effect' explores health benefits of face-to-face contact - CTV News

'The Village Effect' explores health benefits of face-to-face contact - CTV News | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
CTV News 'The Village Effect' explores health benefits of face-to-face contact CTV News In "The Village Effect" (Random House Canada), Canadian developmental psychologist Susan Pinker conducts an extensive exploration into the value of...
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"The Village Effect" is about the importance of connection--not by email, text, or phone--but face to face with family, neighbors, and friends.  Good food for thought . . .

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How To Use Mental Strength To Raise Emotional Intelligence

How To Use Mental Strength To Raise Emotional Intelligence | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
As an FBI agent, I was trained to size up a person with just a glance.
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Four good suggestions for building emotional intelligence . . .

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The hidden power of smiling

The hidden power of smiling | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.

Via Young Spirits
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If you just smile . . .

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Young Spirits's curator insight, August 27, 10:45 AM

Ron Gutman tells you why it's healthy to smile!

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Emotional Intelligence is Critical for Leaders to Make an Impact

It goes a long way in contract negotiations and terminations, in company celebrations and closed deals, and in building strong relationships and cementing your role as a leader.

Via Nick Musgrave
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In challenging situations such as contract negotiations and terminations, or even in positive cases such as company celebrations and closed deals, a high degree of EI can go a long way in building strong relationships and cementing your role as a strong leader.

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"In challenging situations such as contract negotiations and terminations, or even in positive cases such as company celebrations and closed deals, a high degree of EI can go a long way in building strong relationships and cementing your role as a strong leader."

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Emotional Intelligence for workplace leaders

Emotional Intelligence for workplace leaders | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Collective EI has an impact on the bottom-line and here s how to effectively build EI in your organization (Emotional Intelligence for workplace leaders http://t.co/V1lmBK6t3O)...
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"To be effective, leaders must have a solid understanding of how their emotions and actions affect the people around them. The better a leader relates to and works with others, the more successful he or she will be."

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The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
People with high emotional intelligence can use it to unfair advantage.
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This is important to our understanding of the concept of Emotional Intelligence.  For example, psychopaths and some with a "Machiavellian" mind can deceive people while appearing quite emotionally intelligent.

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How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success

How Free Play Can Define Kids’ Success | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Free, unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilience in
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Author Kenneth Ginsburg lists the "7 C's" for helping children and teens to build resilience.

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Facial Expression Recognition Helps Boost Compassion: Is Emotional ... - Medical Daily

Facial Expression Recognition Helps Boost Compassion: Is Emotional ... - Medical Daily | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
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This article includes a terrific 20-item quiz on recognizing facial expressions.

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The Secret Sauce of Resilience - Huffington Post

The Secret Sauce of Resilience - Huffington Post | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
The Secret Sauce of Resilience
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It's all about resilience. Resilience is the ability to adapt, think flexibly, act with agility - in essence to improvise in life like a jazz player does with music.
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Finding the positives in a time of change can help build resilience. 

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Agnes Ng's curator insight, August 7, 5:04 AM

Three skills to increase resilience: Positive Mindset, Realistic Optimism, Leading a life of Meaning

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Empathy: A Key Skill for Effective Leadership

Empathy: A Key Skill for Effective Leadership | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Empathy is a key skill for effective leadership. Learn how to apply empathy in the workplace here.

 

The purpose of practicing empathy is like going to a driving range. Practicing your golf swing helps you to drive more naturally when you are in the game.


Empathy is not an easy skill for many. Learning how to use it in a low threat environment like coaching can make all the difference.


When you walk in another’s shoes first, it may seem uncomfortable, like you are losing control. However, you will discover that taking the time to empathize without scripting what you will say next will lead you and the employee to new levels of understanding and growth.


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Empathy is a valuable skill that can be learned. 

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Don't Try to Read Your Employees' Minds

Don't Try to Read Your Employees' Minds | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Your emotional intelligence might not be as good as you think.
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Some excellent advice when tempted to make judgements about someone's behavior . . .

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L.E.A.D with Emotional Intelligence

L.E.A.D with Emotional Intelligence | Emotional Intelligence Development | Scoop.it
Emotions and leadership are not separate ideas.  Positive leaders can uplift and energize teams to a new level of performance. Some people call emotions “soft” and un-business like. We all know the...

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Miguel A. de Jesus's curator insight, July 24, 11:22 AM

I absolutely agree with the lessons and perspectives learned through mastery of emotional intelligence.

Graeme Reid's curator insight, July 24, 5:46 PM

Truly effective leaders have a high degree of emotional connection with their followers. Emotions do matter.