Creativity and the Beginner’s Mind

Those of you familiar with our work will know that we sometimes refer to Beginner’s Mind ~ the attitude of not worrying about being wrong, of not holding back for fear of a mistake, the willingness of curiosity so necessary for creativity. In this TED lecture, Ken Robinson entertains the audience with examples of why […]

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Find your great work – the movie

You’ll know I’m a fan of Michael Bungay Stanier’s work from previous postings on this blog. Here’s his latest movie to accompany the launch of his new book Find Your Great Work. Find your great work – the movie In a mission impossible style animation Michael spotlights 5 choices to be made for doing great […]

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Reflecting, Writing and Regulating Emotions

I like writing. I like writing things down on paper, preferably with a nice pencil. Things feel different after I’ve written them down, whether it’s a to do list or a journal. This article in the Telegraph offers some explanation: Putting pen to paper is said to help the brain “regulate emotion” and reduces feelings […]

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Positive emotions – Why hope over fear

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, talks about her new book Positivity in this you tube video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds_9Df6dK7c Dr Fredrickson is respected in the world of appreciative inquiry, neuroscience and emotional intelligence. Watch the video and you’ll see why! She highlights the importance of heartfelt emotions […]

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Happy Go Lucky

I am often asked if I know any good films on emotional intelligence. I watched one this weekend that I have no hesitation in recommending as an exploration in EI. Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky.From beginning to end it’s a delightful, uplifting and caring film, with everything in it for the EI student or observer […]

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Find us on squidoo

Squidoo is the world’s most popular site for building free, single pages about your passions. It’s originator, Seth Godin is an inspiration.“Highlight books, blogs, vids, online shops, or just spread the word about stuff you love. Bonus: you raise money (for you or charity) at the same time. It’s fast, free, and supereasy.”Check it out […]

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Inspirational websites 2008

Here are our favourite 3 websites from 2008. Favourite, in this context means most uplifted by and / or frequently visited: World ChangingA website that lives out our values. The mission:Worldchanging was founded on the idea that real solutions already exist for building the future we want. it’s just a matter of grabbing hold and […]

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Empathy Neurons

Some clues from neuroscience on what makes actors great, why we get so emotional over sports matches and why empathy is so important in keeping people connected. Watch the video on Mirror Neurons

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The Times 100 Best Councils to work for

Congratulations to Test Valley Borough Council for their achievement as sixth best Council to work for and Best mid-sized Council to work for. Significant to mention here because the top team completed the PMI programme.Here’s what the article in the Times (23/09/08)said:“The officer management team is undergoing emotional intelligence development. This means that senior managers […]

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Will Smith’s attitude

Here’s a great You Tube video of Will Smith talking about choice (in EI terms here – personal power and goal directedness). If, like me, you love people talking in everyday language, you’ll enjoy Will’s take on this. Will Smith Interview with Tavis Smiley

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