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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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Forget the 'To-Do' List, You Need a ‘Stop Doing’ List

Forget the 'To-Do' List, You Need a ‘Stop Doing’ List | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Think about how you're spending your time today, when you can still do something about it to change your ways
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What emotions drive you to use up what you have the least of - time? If you can identify these emotions you can begin to use this most precious resource wisely.

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emotional-intelligence-webinars - The Point of Leadership™ Emotional Intelligence (EI)

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Great resource for learning about emotional intelligence.

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How the brain remembers to fear danger - Futurity

How the brain remembers to fear danger - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
A new study with mice identifies a life-preserving circuit that's responsible for recognizing and remembering threats.
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Obviously this circuit must be responsible for emotional hijacking. It would be interesting to explore how one might undo the hard wiring that takes place in this process.

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Corporate Empathy Is Not an Oxymoron - HBR

Corporate Empathy Is Not an Oxymoron - HBR | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it

Enlightened companies are increasingly aware that delivering empathy for their customers, employees, and the public is a powerful tool for improving profits, but attempts to implement empathy programs are frequently hamstrung by the common misconception of it as “wishy-washy,” “touchy-feely,” and overtly feminine. 


So empathy is de-prioritized, and relegated to the status of just yet another HR initiative that looks good in the company newsletter. It is seen as a soft and frilly add-on rather than a core tool.

An additional problem facing CEOs is that many see empathy as an intangible quality, and as such hard to quantify. If you can’t measure empathy then it is very difficult to assess how much empathy your company is delivering, and where the greatest empathy deficits lie.


by Belinda Parmar


Via Edwin Rutsch
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In the USA we consider corporations the same as individuals, therefore it makes sense that they would possess the capacity for empathy. The question is how do we as individuals help corporations discover their empathy and the positive benefits that they can gain by being empathic.

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Google is right: We work better when we're happy - Futurity

Google is right: We work better when we're happy - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
A recent study found that happiness made people about 12 percent more productive at work, a finding that confirms what Google already knows.
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Happy and engaged employees have benefits beyond productivity. Happy employees are safer, produce better quality, customer service (Zappos) and are healthier. What if one of your goals as leader was to create the conditions to increase the happiness metric of your employees?

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Rule Your World: Anger Management | National Geographic Channel

Rule Your World: Anger Management | National Geographic Channel | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Learn how to use an unexpectedly accessible part of life to help change behavior.
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How color affects of moods and emotions and contributes to behavior change. If you want to eat less what color will help you achieve this goal? Watch and find out. 

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The Appreciative Heart

The Appreciative Heart | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
This monograph is an overview of Institute of HeartMath's research on the physiological correlates of positive emotions and the science underlying two core HeartMath techniques which supports heart-based living.
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Life would be boring if didn't have a full range of positive and negative emotions, but the benefits of positive emotions to our wellbeing are substantial. 

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Why Mindfulness Is The Foundation Of Emotional Intelligence

Why Mindfulness Is The Foundation Of Emotional Intelligence | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
A growing body of research shows that meditation is an effective way to boost focus, zap stress, relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and reduce inflammation, among other benefits. And according to some mindfulness experts, a meditation practi...
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It's encouraging to see organizations that are smart. They understand that by having healthier, less stressed employees is a win-win. 

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The age of loneliness is killing us

The age of loneliness is killing us | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: For the most social of creatures, the mammalian bee, there’s no such thing now as society. This will be our downfall
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We are frighten by ebola, but this could be the "virus" that has the most potential for our demise.

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5 Ways Brain Science Can Make You More Successful

5 Ways Brain Science Can Make You More Successful | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Feeling overwhelmed by information overload? Start small and achieve more by putting these 5 scientific discoveries to work for you.
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Is your resiliency meter low? Try these to restore and build your resiliency!

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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, 2014 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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5 Excellent Skills to develop,   Kouzes and Posner one of my favourite leadership books

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Frontiers | Antecedents of organizational engagement: exploring vision, mood and perceived organizational support with emotional intelligence as a moderator | Personality and Social Psychology

As organizational leaders worry about the appalling low percentage of people who feel engaged in their work, academics are trying to understand what causes an increase in engagement. We collected survey data from 231 team members from two organizations. We examined the impact of team members’ emotional intelligence (EI) and their perception of shared personal vision, shared positive mood, and perceived organizational support (POS) on the members’ degree of organizational engagement. We found shared vision, shared mood, and POS have a direct, positive association with engagement. In addition, shared vision and POS interact with EI to positively influence engagement. Besides highlighting the importance of shared personal vision, positive mood, and POS, our study contributes to the emergent understanding of EI by revealing EI’s amplifying effect on shared vision and POS in relation to engagement. We conclude by discussing the research and practical implications of this study.
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These 2 questions found hard evidence of love - Futurity

These 2 questions found hard evidence of love - Futurity | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
By asking couples two simple questions and tracking divorce rates, economists have found quantitative evidence that love is real.
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I think that the concept of doing something for another because you know that they will appreciate it applies to building stronger team and work relationships as well as partner relationships.

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Empathy explained by Matthieu Ricard - YouTube

Matthieu Ricard shares his thoughts on empathy. Shining Hope supports his humanitarian projects in northern India. Win a chance to skype with him here http://www.shininghopefoundation.org/


Culture of Empathy Builder Page:  Matthieu Ricard

http://cultureofempathy.com/references/Experts/Matthieu-Ricard.htm


 




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One of the best books I've read on emotional intelligence is Happiness by Matthieu Ricard. His thoughts on empathy are just as meaningful and important for developing our emotional wisdom

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Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence - HBR

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence - HBR | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
And four ways to improve it.
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It's clear that emotional intelligence has emerged as a critical aspect of highly effective and influential leaders. This article highlights some of the common distinctions between being emotionally intelligent and being unaware of how you affect the emotions and therefore the performance of others.


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NSC 2013: O'Neill Exemplifies Safety Leadership | Safety content from EHS Today

NSC 2013: O'Neill Exemplifies Safety Leadership | Safety content from EHS Today | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
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There have been 3468 Medals of Honor awarded for bravery. If there was a similar distinction for safety Paul O'Neill would be honored for his bravery in placing safety above all else during his leadership with Alcoa. 

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Happy Habits of Happy People | JobCluster.com Blog

Happy Habits of Happy People | JobCluster.com Blog | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Here are some habits that happy people used to and some good information about what not to do if wanted to be exceptionally happy people.
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Good advice and and entertaining presentation!

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What REALLY Causes Negative Thinking and What Can You Do About It?

What REALLY Causes Negative Thinking and What Can You Do About It? | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Do you find that you get caught up in your head — thinking, churning and ruminating? If the answer is yes and you were to proceed along the generally accepted route for dealing with your negative thinking, you would find yourself challenging and battling your thinking, getting stuck in to change your negative thoughts to positive thoughts. Does this work? In my experience this is a fairly low quality option. Why? Because, it involves more thinking and that generally leaves us feeling worse, and requires a significant amount of energy and practice. So what’s the answer?

Via David Hain
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I think it is impossible to separate thinking and feeling. What comes first the thought or the feeling? We might be more aware of our thoughts, but the thoughts have feelings associated with them. To effectively counter the negative cycle awareness of both the feeling and thought is helpful. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to sense, understand and manage both thoughts and feelings to produce the results you want.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 10, 2014 3:08 AM

"Being present in the now in your body and acting in alignment with your deeper feelings will reduce constant mental chatter." ~ Kyle Davies

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The Death Of Conversation: I Photograph People Obsessed With Their Smartphones

The Death Of Conversation: I Photograph People Obsessed With Their Smartphones | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
I started to photograph people in company on their phones as there was a certain symmetry to them and it appealed on a visual level, but as I continued I noticed an inherent sadness to the proceedings.
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This NOT emotional wisdom! 

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What Science Says About Using Physical Force To Punish A Child

What Science Says About Using Physical Force To Punish A Child | Emotional Wisdom | Scoop.it
Following the news that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson reportedly used a tree branch to hit his 4-year-old son (and the later accusation that he injured another 4-year-old son), the acceptability of physical punishment has been a topi...
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Many of today's headlines are talking about abuse, spousal and child. I wanted to help focus the conversation on why physical abuse/punishment is wrong emotionally, physically and morally.

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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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