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The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.
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Excellent article that highlights research and practical applications to deal with

what the author calls the plague of modern exsistence: multitasking.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 31, 2013 6:36 PM

We need to be present and mindful to the task and people at hand.

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Is Empathy Boss?

Is Empathy Boss? | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
The science behind soft skills--What really drives performance?
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If you reflect and compile a list of the most positive work experiences and bosses you've had and what made them memorable and positive you will notice that empathy plays a  signification role.

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Getting to Cleveland: A Gratitude Conversation with Seth Godin - Gratefulness.org

Getting to Cleveland: A Gratitude Conversation with Seth Godin - Gratefulness.org | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
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A great discussion on gratitude by Seth Godin and a lesson on EQ.

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'The Leading Brain': The Science of Achieving Peak Performance

'The Leading Brain': The Science of Achieving Peak Performance | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
A new book combines science with management techniques to offer strategies for peak performance.

Via donhornsby, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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To achieve to peak performance develop your emotional intelligence.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 17, 9:55 AM
There is one thing that determines the highest performance, and that is psychological safety.
 
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The Leading Brain..

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Why basing self-esteem on money could make you sad - Futurity

Why basing self-esteem on money could make you sad - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
More money-minded, more problems? A new study finds tying your self-esteem to how much money you have is a recipe for misery.
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Leaders who have an ROI mindset will expose themselves to having significantly more negative and unpleasant feelings, which will affect their ability to lead when they need it the most.  “We found that people who highly based their self-worth on financial success used more negative emotion-related words, like sadness and anger,”

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How Do Kids See the World on a Family Trip?

How Do Kids See the World on a Family Trip? | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
We gave 10 families a 360 video camera to show us a family trip through the eyes of a child. Their views varied widely and wildly.
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The article and accompanying videos are great! Seeing the world thru eyes of some other than your self is great way to experience not just the visual, but as importantly the emotional experience. When viewing the video's identify the emotions you notice in the children. Being emotionally intelligent is learning to notice and understand how others are emotionally experiencing their circumstances, events and the world.  

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Outbreaks hinge on sick people caring about others - Futurity

Outbreaks hinge on sick people caring about others - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
How long an outbreak of the flu or a stomach bug lasts may depend on how much empathy sick people have for their work colleagues and friends.
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Quick get the empathy in the medicine cabinet!

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Ask Why: How to Motivate Yourself to Keep Going When Things Get Hard

Ask Why: How to Motivate Yourself to Keep Going When Things Get Hard | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
It's tempting to give up when things get hard, but the impossible becomes possible when you fuel the fire in your belly with a strong motivating reason.
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In my work with individual leaders and with organizations the first ground we address is what is your why. If the goal is to become a  more influential leader or creating a stronger culture of safety  - the why is the critical piece of the puzzle . Another way to position the why is purpose, north star or noble goal, but it is ineffective to pursue the what and how without knowing your why. My why/noble goal is, to awaken, inspire and empower human potential to create a safer and more just world. What's your why?

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How it feels when people see you as less human - Futurity

How it feels when people see you as less human - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
"Feeling not only disliked, but dehumanized by another group has a profound effect on people," says Emile Bruneau.
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Great leaders know the power of emotions and use them to connect with people. They use them to show respect and to gain respect. They use emotions in a safe way - they use them to build trust. Abraham Lincoln was probably one of our most emotionally intelligent leaders. He didn't create fear, he didn't belittle and he didn't use emotions as weapons.

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Touchy moms may boost 'social brain' in kids - Futurity

Touchy moms may boost 'social brain' in kids - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
New research "suggests that there is a positive relationship between how much kids are touched and how sensitive they are to the social environment."
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Could touching and hugs be a critical element in the development of emotional intelligence? This research indicates they are.

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How an emotional 'hangover' changes your brain - Futurity

How an emotional 'hangover' changes your brain - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
The "emotional hangover" is a real phenomenon, according to research showing that emotional experiences have lingering effects on our brains.
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This is fascinating research that shows the positive and negative impact emotions can have on our lives, especially memory. Although, it highlights what effect emotions have on the brain and memory; it's also interesting to think about applying it to help make our lives safer and more productive.  If the brain retains information better after an emotional experience this could be applied to how we teach and facilitate instruction on safety and other important areas. It also suggest that as a leader if you address a subject with emotions and then proceed to the informational aspect, people will retain and remember the non-emotional parts better.

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Do You Reflect? 4 Simple Questions To Make Your Reflection A Habit

Do You Reflect? 4 Simple Questions To Make Your Reflection A Habit | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
When do you make time to reflect?
Is it at the end of the day or week? The end of the month, or even the year?
Perhaps after a project or challenging piece of work? Maybe you reflect after a particularly tough conversation?
It’s important to recognise that without these moments to reflect, your growth as a leader would be somewhat constrained.
How can you go about achieving clarity and self-awareness?
Read on for 4 simple questions you should be asking yourself after every day.

Via David Hain
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I subscribe that there are three culture conditions that leaders should create and sustain to keep their organization open to change and for continuous improvement: Engagement, Practice and Reflection. This article provides a framework for creating the condition of reflection. The wording and focus may change but the process is worthwhile. One of the key questions in the process is how did you feel and did your feelings affect what you did?

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David Hain's curator insight, December 14, 2016 7:09 AM

Kevin Watson, @kjcoach, on why and how to make reflection part of our daily practice...

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Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. - Peter Drucker
 
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Why “Be Positive” Isn’t the Best Advice When You’re Down

Why “Be Positive” Isn’t the Best Advice When You’re Down | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
When we're down, people often tell us to "be positive," which is as helpful as saying "cheer up." Befriending my negativity is what's helped me.
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Understanding how our emotions can be allies even the difficult ones is important.

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12 Powerful Gratitude Practices That Bring Joy

12 Powerful Gratitude Practices That Bring Joy | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
These simple gratitude practices are relatively easy to do, yet they bring huge benefits. Try one today to bring joy to yourself and others.
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An appropriate  story for the holidays - the practice of gratitude.

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How To Know When You Need A Mental Health Day

How To Know When You Need A Mental Health Day | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
If we treated mental health more like physical health, no one would question why you'd need a day off from work to take care of yourself.
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This article caught my attention for two reasons. First, is that we all need to recognize when we need a day to restore and re-balance our emotional and physical being. As always our emotions are keys to recognizing when we need a mental health day. The second is that millions of workers in the USA can't take a day even if they are sick without causing more stress.  Most workers don't have paid sick or vacation leave and would lose income they desperately need to live. When I hear the clamor of how unfair our regulations are to businesses I think about an issue like this - workers who must choose between two bad choices.

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Opinion | Donald Trump Poisons the World

Opinion | Donald Trump Poisons the World | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
This White House is an axis of selfishness, which explains its suspicion of cooperative global arrangements, like NATO and the Paris climate accord.
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 David Brooks' article presents the consequences of world views. A view of survival of the fittest and one of cooperation. One of self-interest and the other of social-interest. An emotionally intelligent view and one that is emotionally constricted. Which view fits for you, your children, your community, your country. A view that supports quality of life for the many and a view that supports wealth for the few. Which world view will you feel and be the safest in?

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Shares the Key to Creating Chemistry at the Top

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Shares the Key to Creating Chemistry at the Top | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
It’s no surprise that the most successful companies have great leadership teams at the top. Dubbed Silicon Valley’s “oddest couple” by The New York Times, together Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg have driven Facebook’s astronomical growth and supported one another along the way.

I recently connected with Sheryl for my Office Hours podcast series to discuss what’s behind Facebook’s success and her partnership with Mark – it’s a dynamic countless CEOs and COOs dream of having. In a relationship as critical as the one at the top, how do you create open lines of communication, respect differences and grow the business together? If we take Sheryl and Mark as the model, it boils down to three things: carve out time to communicate, prioritize the relationship and find a partner who shares your values.

As with any healthy relationship, open communication is key according to Sheryl. Despite their well-documented differences – from their backgrounds to their working styles and even clothing (she dresses up; he’s usually found in a hoodie) – Sheryl and Mark both believe in open communication. For them, that means 1:1s at the beginning and end of every week.

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The key to pulling this off is emotional intelligence.

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How the 'odd couple' keep `Facebook moving. It's not rocket science, but it often doesn't happen...

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Are 'machine values' replacing our principles? - Futurity

Are 'machine values' replacing our principles? - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
"We are losing empathy, compassion, truth-telling, fairness, and responsibility and replacing them with all these machine values," says Michael Bugeja.
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Warning: “We are losing empathy, compassion, truth-telling, fairness, and responsibility and replacing them with all these machine values,” Bugeja says. “If we embed ourselves in technology, what happens to those universal principles that have stopped wars and elevated human consciousness and conscience above more primitive times in history?”

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Skills for the Future: Break Patterns and Surprise Yourself, says Harvard’s Michael Puett

Skills for the Future: Break Patterns and Surprise Yourself, says Harvard’s Michael Puett | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
What are the key skills for the future? In our special multi-part series, experts share valuable and surprising insights we can use to build tomorrow’s world. In this part Harvard professor Michael Puett explains the skill of breaking patterns and its impact on your life, your leadership, and on the people you interact with.
The best thing about listening to someone who challenges your day-to-day assumptions is that you learn something about yourself. Michael Puett, Harvard’s tall and boyish-looking expert on ancient China, certainly made me think when he explained how we are ruled by patterns, and how we can live better lives if we learn to break those patterns. I felt sorry when his talk at The School of Life (London, February 2017) came to an end after 2 hours. I would like to meet him again.
Here are the best insights Michael Puett shared with us in London (I leave his high-pitched voice and frequent smiles to your imagination):

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One of the competencies of the 6 Seconds model of emotional intelligence is Recognizing Patterns. It was one of the most powerful and revealing one for me. Patterns operate under our radar, but learning to be aware of our emotions that cue our patterns is critical to changing and breaking a pattern that is not working for you.

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What are the patterns in your life. maybe they are the key to your growth...?

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Oxytocin may drive dads to nurture their toddlers - Futurity

Oxytocin may drive dads to nurture their toddlers - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
After a "snort" of oxytocin, the brains of dads changed in response to photos of their toddlers. Could hormones reform lackluster fathers?
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I think the world needs more oxytocin than testosterone. 
For sometime we've know that oxytocin hormone increased bonding between mothers and infants and it is alsorelated to trust. Dr. Paul Zak has done extensive research on the affects of oxytocin on human relationships and also the trust in a culture an it's affects on the economies and cultures. We could all use a little nasal whiff of oxytocin.

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From Individuals to Teams: the Importance of Emotional Intelligence - Meeteor

From Individuals to Teams: the Importance of Emotional Intelligence - Meeteor | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Inspired by Goleman’s work, researchers Vanessa Druskat and Steven Wolff looked at emotional intelligence at the group level. They found that “just like individuals, the most effective teams are emotionally intelligent ones,” and that “a group’s Emotional Intelligence isn’t simply the sum of its members.”
Instead, if you think about a group as one entity, a group’s emotional intelligence is its ability to create a shared set of norms that manage the emotional process. These norms help a group build trust, establish identity, and achieve results. By establishing norms at three levels of interaction – the individuals within a team, the team itself, and the team interacting with other teams – leaders can help their teams build awareness of and manage emotions.

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Emotionally intelligent teams work and play better together. First step as a team leader - develop your EQ.

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EQ tips for better team collaboration.

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What is Learning? Emotional Intelligence for an Adventure of Growth

What is learning? It’s a process of growth… starting at a neurological level, new connections forming… At work, in life, and hopefully in every classroom, people are working to teach and learn. It’s a mental process — but current neuroscience confirms learning is also physical, social, and emotional. Are you someone committed to learning and helping others learn? If so, perhaps you’ve considered:
How does learning work best?
In the Six Seconds community, we’re starting this year focused on this big question and understanding the role of emotions and emotional intelligence as our brains build new insight and meaning. The adventure starts now with five essential highlights (plus inspiring learning quotes) below.

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Learning is a full body contact sport without concern for concussions!

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Learning is fairly Darwinian - those of us who do it best tend to thrive. Worth looking at this useful resource, then...?

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A call for responsive and responsible leadership

A call for responsive and responsible leadership | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
World leaders must understand that we are living in a world marked by uncertainty, volatility and deep transformational changes, says Professor Klaus Schwab.
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Leaders will need emotional intelligence: " leaders need sensitivity and empathy to serve as their radar system, and values and vision as their compass. Without a radar system, leaders cannot be responsive; and without a compass, they cannot exercise leadership responsibly."

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You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question

You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when yo
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The key to achieving what you want is  your willingness to manage the frustration and pain to make your want a reality. Emotional intelligence is essential to getting what you want.

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Delayed Gratification: A Scientific Perspective on Self-Control

Delayed Gratification: A Scientific Perspective on Self-Control | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
If given a choice between receiving 10 dollars today and 100 dollars tomorrow, most of us would likely opt for the latter. This kind of decision-making process is what psychologists call Delayed Gratification, and we practice it every time we consciously forgo immediate rewards to reap the benefits of a more distant goal.

Whenever we log out of Facebook to focus on our work, or when we choose to save our hard earned paychecks to travel instead of spending them on impromptu shopping sprees, we are choosing delayed gratification and executing our self-control.


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The key to self-Control is the ability to understand and manage your feelings and emotions.

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David Hain's curator insight, December 8, 2016 3:10 AM

Marshmallows and strategies for self-control - more important than it may sound!

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4 Tips for Raising Happy, Emotionally Healthy Children

4 Tips for Raising Happy, Emotionally Healthy Children | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Many of us don't learn to understand or process our emotions growing up. If you want raise happy, emotionally healthy children, this may help.
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There has been concern recently on how to help children with their feelings about world events. This article provides advice for  adults and parents on how to work with emotions productively.

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