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MBTI – The Heart of Emotional Intelligence EQ-i

MBTI – At the Heart of Emotional Intelligence (EQi) Applicable to EQ-i 2.0 © Steve Whiteford 2007 A little history- Although I was very familiar with Myers-Briggs@ from several explorations in my years of executive development and career transition work, I received EQi certification first. Like thousands of others, I was inspired by the books…

Technique Turn-Off

Technique Turn-Off

Have you ever had real interest in a service or a product and then been turned off by a marketer’s covert application of a communication technique? I imagine most of us have. The scenario is (unfortunately) easily evoked by the thought of a used car salesman or boiler-room telemarketer. Yet, in life, the arena expands…

Depth Over Time

Many organizations these days are interested in supporting their associates with training workshops in core areas that support individual growth as well as corporate values and productivity. A consistent challenge is supplying quality training within strained budgets of time and money. Unfortunately choices are often made to jump for an inexpensive quick hit that supplies…

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Leadership Emotional Effectiveness: The Starting Gate

As businesses are stressed to compete in a sea of financial and innovation ambiguity, the need for leaders to provide a sense of stability and workability, though seemingly counter intuitive, is essential for a healthy and productive workforce. Recent studies of neuroscience and tried and true common sense have proven that everyone works best in…

Leadership, Neuroscience, and Presentation
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Leadership, Neuroscience, and Presentation

Leadership, Neuroscience and Presentation Copyright: Steve Whiteford 2012 What is old is new. We keep finding out that simple things we’ve known for years, things like eating a balanced meal with fresh vegetables and home-grown food, are really good for you. Recently I’ve been excited to see how advances of neuroscience are substantiating practices I’ve…

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The Resilience to Meet Ambiguity and Change

Working with Emotional Intelligence EQ Two of the biggest challenges for employees in today’s workplace are working effectively under the stress of ambiguity and navigating constant change. These two conditions are especially difficult because they challenge core human needs that are rooted deeply in the brain’s circuitry. Working with the EQi 2.0 assessment and the…

Vigilance is Vital to Workplace Growth and Change

Strong resistance to change appears to be hardwired into each of our body-minds. One of the brain’s functions is to make sense out of sensory input by perceiving patterns and sorting those patterns into recurring or familiar categories. This selection/storage mechanism frees the mind to process new information. New information is matched to familiar patterns…

Something’s Trickster in Denmark

Hamlet is known to be a play about Revenge, but I wonder if that is something rotten in Denmark might be a rampant expression of the Trickster archetype. Was Shakespeare ultimately cautioning us about the potentially disastrous effects of unbridling the Trickster in psyche or society? The playwright presents his audience with a psychologically modern…

Ode to And

I fell in love with the word when I was teaching speech in college. When pronounced fully — as it almost never is — it produces a clear sense of tying things together. And! The easy open vowel supplies a container for many things, then the tongue embraces them with a sonorously vibrating “n” to…

Truth or Consequences

When I suggest that people in corporations refine communication by speaking their truth, by the expressions on their faces, you might think I’ve announced the arrival of Godzilla. Yet, this simple-but-powerful practice might be the answer to most workplace communication challenges. I recently worked with a small group to facilitate teamwork and unravel an intense…