Finding hidden gifts in daily conflicts

 “From discourse, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein Have you lived your life without any conflict? My hats off to you if you have never experienced any conflict :-) Have you found a totally unexpected gift after the conflict was resolved or in an attempt to resolve the conflict?…

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Emotional Intelligence to close the political divide

When you are at parties or gatherings, do you avoid having any conversation with anybody who has different political views? OR have a conversation and feel drained or mad trying to prove yourself right, defend your views, or prove the other party wrong? The great divide If you have been listening to any news or…

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Leadership: Lessons We can Learn from Kids

“Leadership is an art, a performing art and the instrument is self. The mastery of the art of leadership comes from the mastery of the self. Ultimately, leadership development is self-development.” By Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner I attended a presentation by Barry Posner, Ph. D. on “Learning Leadership.” One thing I walked away with…

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Navigating Emotions: Harnessing Emotions to drive healthy actions

How many of you have experienced “intense unpleasant emotions,” e.g. felt furious, crushed, or horrified? How many of you have tried to suppress or control such emotions? What was the result? How many of you have reacted out of control on auto-pilot mode? What was the result? I am sure at some point in your…

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Gift from my emotionally intelligent father

To live life authentically, positively, passionately, and purposefully On this Father’s Day, I would like to remember some of my dad’s attribute and how this influenced my life. My dad had a really positive attitude. He was very courageous to live his life with integrity, passion and, purpose. Passion and purpose: He was a self-made…

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Parkinson’s diagnosis: Sympathetic or Empathetic Response?

Have you ever met somebody who is facing a serious challenge (either health or any other) and don’t know how to respond? May be you are facing a serious challenge. How do you feel about other’s responses? How would you like people to respond? I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It is at a very…

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Simple Empathetic Action Transforms a Youth

Joey Garcia’s action may have transformed a youth’s life. In response to a break-in in her house by a teenager, instead of screaming out of fear, she empathetically asked him, “What are you doing with your life?” Hearing this question the youth froze, pondered the question, backed out of the window, and ran away. What…

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Having a Noble Goal Empowers Us to Overcome the Toughest Challenges

Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for. Viktor E. Frankl Dedication: To the tenacity and resiliency of Nick Vujicic Explore the internet and you will come across numerous examples of people overcoming extraordinarily tough challenges. In most of the cases, if not all, the driving force is…

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Three ways to empower people to learn

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. –Benjamin Franklin Problem engaging people in learning Have you conducted or attended a presentation or training and discovered that some, if not all, students were not able to pay attention to the instructor? Even though the topic may be interesting,…

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Three Practices to Achieve Tough Goals

Why is it so tough sometimes, to achieve a goal? (The topic is also covered in this eighteen minutes webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj6GVx5oITs ) What are the challenges that stop us from working towards achieving a goal? I am sure many of us are thinking of problems like lack of resources, support, etc. All of us…

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How much did Emotional Intelligence factor in to Steve Jobs’ success?

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has been found to be a necessary component of anyone’s success. I have recently watched the movie “Jobs,” which depicts Steve Jobs’ success in building Apple. I started thinking about Jobs’ EQ and how much it helped him become successful. First, the movie showed how he focused on what he wanted in…

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