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HOW TO OVERCOME SHINY OBJECT SYNDROME

When Janie came to see me, she smiled an easy smile and quickly answered “I’m fine!” to the question ‘How are you?’ I watched her as she fidgeted onto her seat, obviously trying to find a comfortable position. She finally sat down after putting a nearby colourful cushion in front of her tummy. This gesture alone told me a lot about Janie, how she most likely was living her life hiding in the background while hanging on to shiny objects for dear life.   Through my talking with her, I found out she has spent years studying for a profession she says she is now hating. She said she felt tired and drained, her bosses apparently not caring about what happened to her or how she felt.     Have you ever been in a situation where you felt unseen and unheard?   After her work shift, Janie confessed she

WHAT IS SERVED BY BEING A BIG FISH IN A SMALL POND?

Three years ago, I was asked a similar version of this question by my future mentor Dov Baron. He phrased it as something like, “Who are you hurting by playing small?”   When I first heard his question, sitting in the audience among hundreds of others, I immediately told him to fuck off… in my head of course.   I started feeling agitated inside, angrily pondering, “Who is he to ask me such a question? After all I have been through in my life!”   Back then, I was very much a victim and, like all victims, I might not have noticed I was playing small out of fear.   Which brings me now to this incident yesterday…   I have been actively doing lane swimming for the last three weeks after almost a ten years absence from the pool. Jumping into the water, I had ‘forgotten’ how cold it

WHAT DOES EQ HAVE IN COMMON WITH YOUR ABILITY TO BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS?

FROM THE DESK OF YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE GEEK. I am starting a new column where I am going to showcase and explain to you research on Emotional Intelligence. Nothing like statistics to please the Economist in me. I must admit a part of me is feeling quite at home right now among all these standard deviations, linear regressions, and squared correlations ratios. So, pull up a chair, read up, this is awesome stuff! CATCH OF THE DAY: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE VS. WORK PERFORMANCE Ready? Here we go. 75,000 individuals (primarily managers and employees from over 15 workplace sectors) from 126 countries were researched to see how much of their performance at work was linked to emotional intelligence. These magnificent individuals were tested on 4 elements of work performance: Effectiveness (Can they generate results?) Relationships (Can they build and maintain networks?) Well-being (Can they maintain optimal energy while working?) Quality of life (Can

By | July 7th, 2016|Stress, Success, Work Performance|1 Comment