Survive and Thrive with EQ Flexibility

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A few years ago on vacation in Mexico, my husband and I visited a water park. There we experienced a float bridge of sorts.

While crossing the water, the bridge ebbed and flowed with our every movement. The more resistance that we showed the more the bridge seemed to want to dump us into the water.

It was clear, we learned with experience, that we needed to “go with the flow” in order to safely get across. Be flexible and we would make it.

Flexibility, as defined by Reuven Bar-On, author of the EQ-instrument, is the “ability to adjust one’s feelings, thoughts and behavior to changing situations and conditions.”

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Stress, Workplace Success and Emotional Intelligence

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Leaders who demonstrate strong emotional intelligence are able to better build relationships, drive teams to improve performance, adapt to change and deal with difficult job demands.

In a national study of over 1000 working Americans aged 18 and over done by Legar Marketing and Multi-Health Systems, stress was found to have a detrimental effect on emotional intelligence.

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The Legacy of Service — Social Responsibility

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How big is your world? Social Responsibility, one of the fifteen competencies of Emotional Intelligence, involves being a cooperative, contributing and constructive part of a team or community.

Instead of self-absorption, social responsibility focuses on the betterment of all and interpersonal sensitivity. It has an outward focus aimed at the ability to accept others, use talents and act in a responsible way to move people/projects forward.

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Reality Testing – Developing Your Mental Picture

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The first time you put in those new prescription contact lenses or donned glasses, the world was a much clearer, brighter place. The truth is that we get used to seeing things in a certain way and perhaps don’t notice that things could be seen in a better perspective.

Reality Testing, one of the fifteen competencies on the EQ-I (Emotional Quotient Instrument), defines our ability to accurately size up situations. It is the capability to see things objectively—the way they are, rather than the way we wish or fear them to be. The emphasis is on pragmatism, objectivity, being well grounded and realistic.

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Thinking on Your Feet

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Conducting a successful Q&A session can make or break your presentation. The Q&A is an opportunity to find out what the audience members are thinking, share expertise and build rapport.

Done professionally the Q&A can leave a lasting impression on your subordinates, peers and leaders.

Maintaining your composure is key to keeping the audience with you.

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Creating Your Legacy – Self-Actualization

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Knowing who we are and understanding what we contribute can lead to a meaningful, rich and full life.

Self-Actualization, one of the fifteen competencies of emotional intelligence, is the ability to realize one’s potential capabilities. It is that deep inner calling that motivates us to have an enthusiastic commitment to long-term goals.

We realize self-actualization by maximizing our development and continuing to strive toward our dreams-one day at a time.

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Building Your EQ Advantage with Happiness

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Quick — right now — write down ten things that make you happy in your life.

Were there any work related items on that list?

Strength in the Emotional Intelligence competency of happiness has been associated with high performance on the job. Additionally, happiness is critical for building high performing teams and work groups.

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Emotional Information Age

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The information age has been here for quite some time. All of us are dependent on getting information, interpreting it and using it wisely. But there is also another type of information age going on that does not involve technology, it centers on the energy of emotions.

The field of Emotional Intelligence has grown both in sophistication and importance. There has been a dramatic increase in researchers that have entered the field and studies that are being conducted. This concept has taken hold worldwide.

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Boosting Your Risk Tolerance

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Being a leader involves understanding the importance of taking risks.  Of course, risk taking often means acting quickly within a short period of time. So leaders must be savvy on the business, their relationships and innermost emotions. Reflecting on various aspects of your risk tolerance is important for living with your actions afterwards.  Consider the following suggestions for boosting your risk tolerance:

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Business Case for Emotional Intelligence

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Intellect (IQ) has long been identified as a critical factor for success in business. Financial decisions, detailed analysis, creation of strategies, defining effective processes and procedures are fundamentals in making businesses run smoothly. Smart people are needed to skillfully move the business forward, look at things in innovative ways and see beyond the present.

However, research study after research study clearly demonstrates the value of the “good boss” in building teams, demonstrating leadership attributes, retaining employees and creating positive work environments—having Emotional Intelligence. Combining IQ and EQ (emotional quotient) are proving to be powerful factors for business and personal success.

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