How to use an emotion wheel to build your emotional intelligence

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Reading Time: 6 minutes An emotion wheel is a great visual aid to help us identify how we’re feeling, and also to expand our emotional vocabulary. Being able to identify emotions is a key building block of emotional intelligence. According to PositivePsychology.com, there are around 34,000 human emotions (I’ve collected about a thousand of them in this post). How … Read more

What’s with the worship of busyness?

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Reading Time: 6 minutes As I wrote the title to this article, I wondered how many people would read it and think that I had mis-spelled “business” as “busyness”. After all, a number of problems that we face in society today can be attributed to worshipping business as though it is the only legitimate human pursuit, and the only … Read more

Emotions list

Reading Time: 4 minutes Emotional intelligence (EQ) is widely recognised as a key factor for leadership effectiveness. Having a rich “emotions” vocabulary is a great way to build your EQ. The emotions list below captures some of the most common words used in English for pleasant and unpleasant emotions. Are there emotions on these lists that you haven’t heard … Read more

How to turn great ideas into great results: Strategy 7 – use your strengths

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Reading Time: 6 minutes If there is one strategy that comes close to being a silver bullet for almost anything you want to achieve, it’s to use your strengths. It’s so important that I also covered it in my previous series on how to have great ideas. In this article, I’ll cover the vital importance of using your strengths, … Read more

How to turn great ideas into great results: Strategy 6 – get a coach

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Reading Time: 6 minutes The “get a coach” strategy is one that works in so many aspects of our work and life. That’s why it also featured in my previous series on how to have great ideas. There are many benefits to having a coach. And we have moved on from the times when having a coach was seen … Read more

How to turn great ideas into great results: Strategy 5 – involve others

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Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’ve read through my previous series on how to have great ideas, ‘involve others’ will be a familiar strategy for you. There’s an excellent reason for including it again in this series about converting great ideas into great results. Why? Because in most change efforts, we get better results together than we do alone. … Read more

How to turn great ideas into great results: Strategy 4 – set goals and track progress

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Reading Time: 8 minutes This article addresses one of the most important aspects of any change process – to set goals and track progress. Change programmes always face challenges. Two of the most common are having doubters in the group, and not yet knowing the ideal solution(s). When we kick off a change programme, or even a single experiment, … Read more

How to turn great ideas into great results: Strategy 3 – experiment

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Reading Time: 8 minutes Every discovery in human history has started out as some kind of experiment, but for some reason, the older we get, the less likely we are to experiment. But, as the cliché goes, if we do what we’ve always done, we’ll get what we’ve always got. Embracing experiments is a smart way to get great … Read more