How to make holistic, quality decisions

In my last post I explored the ideas of personal risk intelligence and unlinking the quality of our risk taking from potential outcomes and instead linking it to the quality of the decision making behind a risk. Many of the decisions we make happen automatically. Our brain is designed to relieve us of the burden of [...]

On Learning to Crash Well: Personal Risk Intelligence

Ok, so...I'm clumsy. Hello, my name is Jenny and I'm accident prone. Perhaps that's why I would come up with an idea like 'learn to crash well' as a guiding principle. Plus, I tend to tilt a little more to the risk averse side of the scale (at least according to my definition of risk).  Thus, [...]

Free Interactive Emotional Intelligence Resource Guide

Over the last several weeks we've focused on understanding, developing, and applying emotional intelligence. Check out the resources I cited in the posts (as well as many I didn't mention) in my Interactive Guide to Emotional Intelligence Resources. In this guide, you'll find books, TedTalks, and movies that I've discovered, read, watched, and used on [...]

4 Steps to Immediately Apply Emotional Intelligence to your Thinking

"It's a mess when strange events smack into the windscreen of a resolutely rational mind." Robin Sloan I recently finished reading Sourdough by Robin Sloan (a delightfully charming modern allegorical tale) and was struck by the quote above. The rigidity with which I used to approach life, love, emotions, and...well...just about everything failed to prepare [...]

A bird on a branch never worries that the branch will break: A lesson on emotional self-trust

"A bird on a branch never worries that the branch will break because her trust is not on the branch but on her wings." ~ Unknown This quote alongside my reading of The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey inspired this week's theme. Self-trust is a deep topic that touches on multiple factors of [...]

The Subtle Art of Interrupting Yourself: The Broken Windows Theory of Mental Discipline

When I think of mental discipline as it relates to emotional intelligence , I specifically focus on two simple yet significant tactics deployed when you sense you're about to venture down a dangerous path : Recognizing an unproductive emotion or line of thinking when they arise. Immediately interrupting that unproductive emotion or line of thinking upon recognition. Because [...]

How do you like your eggs? 5 reasons to know yourself

Vulnerability is the key to connection and growth, so here comes a random confession: The first self-determined, intentional decision I remember making free of anyone else’s influence was at the spry age of 35 when I decided to go back to grad school and to shift careers from technical writing to coaching, leadership, and organization [...]