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Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
If everybody knows that test scores and grades aren’t the keys to success, how do we teach, and measure, the things that are?
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The question, Can EQ be taugh?"  also applies to not only schools, but also to our organizations - students of leadership.

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Liking Work Really Matters

Liking Work Really Matters | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Being interested in a task is essential to being good at it.
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"interest matters more than we ever knew. It is crucial to keeping us motivated and effective without emptying our mental gas tank, and it can turn the mundane into something exciting. Teachers, managers and parents must play an instrumental role in fostering interest in their students, employees and children — interest that will help them achieve their most important goals.

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The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation

The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Everyone is fueled by their own dreams and ambitions, but taking a close look at the complex relationship between happiness and motivation might give us a hint at what drives people to do their best work. Does happiness drive motivation?
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I'm a firm believer in the research and models of motivation that are reviewed in this article. I've put them into practice with organizations and it makes me HAPPY to see the results!

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Going easy on yourself may improve health - Futurity

Going easy on yourself may improve health - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
A new study finds a connection between having compassion for yourself and lower levels of stress-induced inflammation.
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Emotional wisdom is knowing when to be self-compassionate. "The research illustrates how easy it is for stress to build over time and how a seemingly small daily stressor, such as traffic, can impact a person’s health if they don’t have the right strategies to deal with it."

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A Young Inventor, Finding the Crunch Factor

A Young Inventor, Finding the Crunch Factor | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
How should General Mills gauge the texture of its granola bars? An inventor in his 20s has come up with an answer.
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Inspiring story of how a young man's resilience - his unwillingness to  accept no or rejection leads to a life of fulfillment.   

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What Happened When Strangers Saw A Little Boy Shivering Outside Without A Coat

What Happened When Strangers Saw A Little Boy Shivering Outside Without A Coat | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
When an 11-year-old boy sat at a bus stop without a jacket in Oslo, Norway, hidden cameras captured a series of very special moments.

The experiment was filmed by the Norwegian branch of the SOS Children's Villages International charity as part o...
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Empathy is a powerful emotion. If we open ourselves to its power we can change the world. 

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Meditation helps pinpoint neurological differences between two types of love

Meditation helps pinpoint neurological differences between two types of love | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Yale School of Medicine researchers studying meditators have found that a more selfless variety of love — a deep and genuine wish for the happiness of others without expectation of reward — actually t
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I Can't Say I'm Sorry Enough

Emotions and Culture – Drivers of Human Behavior " I can't say I'm sorry enough. I'm sure I'll be criticized, but...

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It is emotions and culture that have the greatest effect on human behavior and any organization that attempts to influence and enforce positive behavior with rules and regulations alone will remain vulnerable to disruption, loss, and plenty of emotional hijacking.

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Presentation Zen: Brené Brown on the Power of Empathy

Presentation Zen: Brené Brown on the Power of Empathy | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Currently I'm compiling a list of my "Top-10 books for 2014." One of the books I'm including on that list is Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by University...
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Excellent resources on empathy and vulnerability.

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Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It?

Emotional Intelligence Predicts Job Success: Do You Have It? | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
“ The best salespeople and leaders have a high EQ. Daniel Goleman the man who coined the term pulls apart the aspects of emotional intelligence.”
Via Sandeep Gautam, John Michel, Wise Leader™
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#GivingTuesday

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Giving is a proven way to experience the best of who we are. It doesn't matter what or how much just the act of giving will make you and the reciever feel good!

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Why Organizations Fail

Why Organizations Fail | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it

We've fostered generations of managers with robust analytical skills and poor social skills, and we don’t seem to think that matters.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Good overview of why social and emotional intelligence are critical skills in business as well in all aspects of life.

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Terence R. Egan's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:05 AM

 

SUMMARY

 

For a long time, we believed that people were rational, logical agents, driven by self-interest, greed, and desire. In recent years, we have begun to realize that people have another driver that is of equal, if not greater, importance: the drive to be social.

 

The studies tell the story:

a)  Giving to charity activates the brain's reward system more than winning money.

b)  Painkillers like Tylenol relieve social pain the same way they relieve physical pain.

c)  Being socially rejected can lower your I.Q. score by 20% and cut your GRE score nearly in half.

d)  Seeing a friend regularly has the same effect on our well-being as making an extra $100,000.

e)  Volunteering to help others regularly produces the same increase in well-being as making an extra $50,000.

f)   When an employee meets a person who benefits from their work, that employee can double their productivity.

g)  People will pay $30,000 to be recognized as a high-status employee.

h)  And, finally, being socially connected is literally as good for your health as quitting smoking.

 

Social activity matters more than we have realized. Yet institutions and organizations, from political systems to hospitals, schools and corporations, have been built based on a different set of beliefs:

a)  that people are motivated by money,

b)  that physical -- not social -- health is most important

c)  and that social needs are "nice to have."

 

A boss who knows what his staff members really care about will be able to develop a better team environment.

 

We are deeply social beings, with social needs mattering more than physical needs in many situations. Maslow may have been wrong: Social may not be up the pyramid, it may be down at the base with physical needs. Until this insight makes its way into how we design our institutions, we may continue to see less than 30% of people in our organizations actively engaged in their work.

 

Cath Daley's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:44 AM

Some of our long-held beliefs about human motivation may be wrong....

Cath Daley's curator insight, December 12, 2013 7:09 AM

and it really all comes down to the ability to be flexible with your communication so that you can interact with evryone in a way that reduces conflict and increases buy in.

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How to Listen When Your Communication Styles Don’t Match

How to Listen When Your Communication Styles Don’t Match | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
What to do when someone is screaming, venting, explaining, or belaboring.
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When you ask employees or anyone in a relationship what issue is having a negative impact on the relationship I oftern hear, "We can't seem to communicate." This article offers practical advice that I've found  helpful in managing the process of communication with a couple of styles that are challenging for many of us.

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The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying

The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
A palliative nurse recorded the most common regrets of the dying and put her findings into a book called ‘The Top Five Regrets of The Dying.’ It’s not surprising to see what made the list as they are all things that touch each of our lives as we struggle...
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The question is why don't we commit ourselves to take action? We confront and expereince these Five Regrets every day and therefore have the opportunity to not let them burden us in our last moments.

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Larry Glover's curator insight, October 12, 2013 10:10 AM

Do you have the end of life on your calendar? How might you live differently if...

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Your most important skill: Empathy - Chad Fowler

TL;DR - Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to …
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If we focused on teaching and developing empathy I wonder if  the issues making the headlines would have a tone and outcome. As humans we are blessed with empathy we just need to let find us.

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For maximum happiness, pick concrete goals - Futurity

For maximum happiness, pick concrete goals - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
A new study finds that pursuing concrete "giving" goals, rather than abstract ones, leads to greater happiness.
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Would you like to feel happier today and tomorrow? "The results show that acts designed to improve the well-being of others will lead to greater happiness for givers when these acts are associated with concretely framed, prosocial goals as opposed to abstractly framed prosocial goals—despite people’s intuitions to the contrary."

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The rise of emotional intelligence

The rise of emotional intelligence | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it

n the 1980s, Sir John Alistair Graham, chief executive of the then Industrial Society, stated that the challenge for employers in the future would be to tap into the discretionary effort of their employees.

 

At the time, none of us realised how true this would become.


Via Roger Francis
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EI (EQ) is one way leaders can awaken, inspire and empower the human potential in their organizations.

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, March 8, 10:58 AM

I particularly like it when leaders are good role models and enable others to act, rather than holding them so accountable that they're afraid to make decisions and move ahead.

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Alex Moyle's curator insight, March 11, 9:21 AM

5 Excellent Skills to develop,   Kouzes and Posner one of my favourite leadership books

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Dim the lights if you need to make a big decision - Futurity

Dim the lights if you need to make a big decision - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Human emotions, whether they are positive or negative, are felt more intensely under bright lights.
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The effect bright light has on our emotional system may be the result of it being perceived as heat, and the perception of heat can trigger our emotions. If your the bearer of  bad news to your boss you might want to turn the lights down! 

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The power of empathy: Anita Nowak at TEDxMontrealWomen

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Empathy is the most positively disruptive force

on the planet - but only when it

leads to Empathic Action.

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In this talk, we will explore how empathy can be leveraged for the ultimate win-win: personal well-being and social good.


Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Anita Nowak
http://j.mp/11wasU8


Via Edwin Rutsch
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 An insightful and powerful call to empathic arms. 

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Get a grip. It may help you live longer - Futurity

Get a grip. It may help you live longer - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
People who feel in control and believe they can achieve goals are more likely to live longer and healthier lives, especially among those with less education.
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I believe that the findings and implications of this research also apply to leadership and organizational culture. A command and control organization is a breeding ground for unhealthy relationships, poor work performance and employee disengagement. 

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Stop Trusting Yourself

Stop Trusting Yourself | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Why we struggle to keep the promises we make, even to ourselves.
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So often one's focus is on can we trust others, but can you really trust yourself more than others? Recent findings suggest that the answer is no.

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Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Being happy is indeed a total body experience, according to maps of where people feel emotions.
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The temperatures are droping here in New England and one way to stay warm is to experience joy and love. "People reported that happiness and love sparked activity across nearly the entire body."

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Larry Glover's curator insight, December 31, 2013 11:02 PM

Fascinating research on where we feel emotions in our body. And to think I lived much of my life not even knowing I had them!

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14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent

14 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story.
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Cath Daley's curator insight, December 12, 2013 7:06 AM

EQ is often taled about but from my experience many people don't really understand how it translates into leadership. here are 14 ways to consider...

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6 Habits of Highly Grateful People

6 Habits of Highly Grateful People | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it

Gratitude (and its sibling, appreciation) is the mental tool we use to remind ourselves of the good stuff. It’s a lens that helps us to see the things that don’t make it onto our lists of problems to be solved. It’s a spotlight that we shine on the people who give us the good things in life. It’s a bright red paintbrush we apply to otherwise-invisible blessings, like clean streets or health or enough food to eat.

 

Gratitude doesn’t make problems and threats disappear. We can lose jobs, we can be attacked on the street, we can get sick. I’ve experienced all of those things. I remember those harrowing times at unexpected moments: My heart beats faster, my throat constricts. My body wants to hit something or run away, one or the other. But there’s nothing to hit, nowhere to run. The threats are indeed real, but at that moment, they exist only in memory or imagination. I am the threat; it is me who is wearing myself out with worry.

 

That’s when I need to turn on the gratitude. If I do that enough, suggests the psychological research, gratitude might just become a habit. What will that mean for me? It means, says the research, that I increase my chances of psychologically surviving hard times, that I stand a chance to be happier in the good times. I’m not ignoring the threats; I’m appreciating the resources and people that might help me face those threats.

 


Via Pamir Kiciman
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This is a great Thanksgiving Day article to read!

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Larry Glover's curator insight, November 25, 2013 1:12 PM

A particularly good and useful Thanksgiving season article. 

Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, November 27, 2013 1:00 PM

Just in time for THANKSgiving. Thanks to Pamir Kiciman for scooping this.

Cath Daley's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:49 AM

How having  the habit of gratitude can change your life...

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Behind Flurry of Killing, Potency of Hate

Behind Flurry of Killing, Potency of Hate | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
A former assassin with the Irish Republican Army has particular insight into a recent flurry of horrific bloodletting in the world.
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This article is improtant! It's important because we must be fully conscious of how all humans can participate and perpertrate horffic acts literally and figuretively. The same concepts also applly to bullying and to issues, which create the the we - they divide in organizations and in the social, political, religious and economic aspects of our lives.

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Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
If everybody knows that test scores and grades aren’t the keys to success, how do we teach, and measure, the things that are?
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