5 EQ practices in a world gone mad.

We’re great here in Ireland for asking “how are you?” It’s really a figure of speech for “hello” as the response expected is rarely more than “grand” or “fine”. And in truth, I am fine. In comparison to people surviving the path

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5 Things Emotionally Intelligent People do to manage Stress

 Being able to remain calm under pressure is directly linked to how you perform. Not surprisingly, 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in stressful times. This means that they are in control and as a result make much

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5 Things Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Don’t Do

Having Emotional Intelligence is about knowing how to manage yourself well, and how to manage your relationship with others in a productive and positive way. Successful business leaders have been found to have 10 core  EQ competencies (RocheMartin) but often

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Empathy, (not Sympathy) elicits a more positive response

    People often confuse the two words Empathy and Sympathy, but they come from very different places and drive very different responses. If I have sympathy for someone, I am sorry for them and their situation. Their plight invokes

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What’s your Interference?

  Identifying talent like Usain Bolt was simple.  Right from the get-go his ability to run fast was obvious.  At age 15 he was the youngest junior champion ever.  He had, what is referred to by George Anders as “talent

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Are you fooling yourself?

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool” Richard Feynman, Physicist and Nobel Laureate As Paul handed over the award for Employee of the Month to his team-mate he jokingly

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True Grit – Courage as a Skill

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear”. Mark Twain Research has identified competencies of successful leaders. However, there is one competency that is not necessarily mentioned as such. Perhaps because we don’t recognize it as

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Who’s got your back?

One of my biggest challenges is reaching out to others for help. In my career I always felt I had to carry responsibility alone. After all, the buck stopped with me, didn’t it? But over time I began to realise

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The greatest racing car driver you NEVER heard of!

A documentary run on Irish National Television last week told the story of Tommy Byrne, one of the greatest racing car drivers ever. From Dundalk, Ireland he was without fear as he climbed the echelons of motor racing in the

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There’s nothing emotional about Emotional Intelligence!

When I mention Emotional Intelligence to people they tend to back away slightly! “Oh, I never get emotional at work”, they tell me, “you’ll never find me crying in the toilets!” But this is very far away from what Emotional

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