Social Intelligence

When we change our story, we change our life

– Posted in: Adaptability, Empathy, General, Mindfulness, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness, Systems Thinking
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Powerful stories have been coming through, and coming true, for centuries of inventors, engineers and freedom fighters. Think what a story a plane was at one time, or a space shuttle, or equal rights for minorities.  I think if you can tell the story and feel good about it, that's a great start. ..Read More [...]

Unplanned Retirement: Tips to finding a new balance when life takes a detour

– Posted in: Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, General, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness, Social Intelligence
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In retirement, as in much of the major life changes -- starting a career, getting married, becoming a parent -- there is no manual. Planning retirement, even an early retirement, and being ready when the time comes, makes adjusting from one phase of life to another a bit smoother. This happened to Jan, who was [...]

“I’ve never done it, but I can do it.” An attitude to build a career — and a life — on.

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Coach and Mentor, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, General, Inspirational Leadership, Leadership Skills, Organizational Awareness, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness, Teamwork
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A 50th Birthday party is a big milestone, both personally and career wise.   Our good friend had a party in his home, and I caught up with his parents, and how they were doing in their retirement. I heard a story that I hadn't known in the twenty-one years of knowing them. I listened to Brian, [...]

Follow Your Dreams – It’d be Foolish Not To

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, Inspirational Leadership, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness, Teamwork
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Today is April Fool's Day. A day of traditionally pranking others in the name of fun.  Sometimes it means getting people to believe something that is not true and the fun is seeing them believe it, and then revealing - shockingly-  how untrue that belief was. I think most of us don't want to have [...]

Stillness | Wordlessness | Doing Nothing | Going Nowhere: Time Hack for Work-life Integration

– Posted in: Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Self-Control, Inspirational Leadership, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness
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My kids call me old-school when I have these ideas they think are from my childhood that no longer apply to modern life. Like the concept that kids can walk around a new neighbourhood and make friends with other kids who are actually outside, and go play together without electronic aids.   “No Mom, they tell [...]

10 Tips for Leading with Deliciousness: Tip #7 – Work in Style

– Posted in: Coach and Mentor, Conflict Management, Leadership Skills, Organizational Awareness, Social Intelligence, Teamwork

One of the expectations of any leader is to achieve results. If you work against people's volition or conative style it can feel like you're pushing through a lot of resistance. Whereas if you can tap into people's instinct for doing things, you'll find work --and results-- flow easier. Volition is to do with will [...]

10 Tips for Leading with Deliciousness: Tip #6 – Imagination, Intuition and Instinct

– Posted in: General, Inspirational Leadership
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Now that I wrote about intelligence that goes beyond intellect, in Tip #5, it’s time to talk about imagination, instinct and intuition. What do these fluffy concepts have to do with the world of business, technology, engineering, mathematics or science?  Innovators use them to champion breakthrough solutions, which are often very lucrative.  I think we [...]

10 Tips for Leading with Deliciousness: Tip #5 – Leadership Beyond Intellect

– Posted in: Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Inspirational Leadership, Self-Awareness, Social Intelligence, Teamwork

The philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes first coined the phrase "I think therefore I am" in 1637 in his book Discours de la Methode (Discourse on the Method).   For  Rene this was a very personal statement. He proved his existence by doubting his thinking. This was later expressed as "I doubt, therefore I think, [...]

10 Tips for Leading with Deliciousness: Tip #4 – Forgiving

– Posted in: Emotional Intelligence, Inspirational Leadership, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness

My belief is that if you just do one thing differently, it could cause a change in trajectory towards a better feeling state. Specifically the destination of “delicious leadership” looks like this: having fun at work being eager to go to work feeling refreshed and renewed by the work, not exhausted feeling connected to the [...]