Developing Heightened Emotional Intelligence

Our emotions drive our behaviour and have an impact on others. We respond to stimuli in our environment on an emotional level and many of our decisions are based on these feelings.  Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is defined as the ability to recognise, understand and manage our own emotions as well as recognise, understand and influence the emotions of others. While emotional intelligence is commonly treated as a quality in and of itself it is actually a collection of many traits.

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Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

The mind is a powerful thing. Sometimes the biggest obstacle to our success is our own thinking. Our mindset can limit us or set us free. No one understands this quite like Carol Dweck, a Stanford University researcher best known for her work on fixed and growth mindsets and her groundbreaking book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. At Mind Strength, we work a lot with our clients to help them develop a growth mindset.

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Bringing Mindfulness Into Your Workday

The concept of mindfulness has been around for more than 2000 years but it has only started to show up in business practice in recent years. Major organisations including Google and Harvard Business School are leading the way with recognising the importance of mindfulness and have incorporated it’s principles into their leadership programs and training. Here are some tips for incorporating mindfulness into your day and work.

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Dealing with Aggressive People at Work

We all encounter aggressive personalities throughout our lives. We are often able to avoid people we clash with. However, when these people are our employees or coworkers we can not simply avoid them. Avoiding aggression can create a toxic work environment and decrease team cohesion and communication. Learning how to deal with these people in an emotionally intelligent manner will make life much easier and improve the workplace atmosphere. Aggression can be turned into cooperation and condescension can become respect. Here are some strategies for effectively understanding and dealing with aggressive people in the workplace...

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The Power of Value-Driven Actions

Values give us an anchor for effective action. They are akin to the foundation stones of a stable architectural structure. They are the driving force behind so many of the decisions we make in our lives and deconstructing them can deepen our understanding of ourselves.

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