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Stacey's Reading List...

 

"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie

 

 

 

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Thursday
Jun042015

Learning To "Notice" (part 1 of 3)

I do love a good Q&A session.  Well, as much as an introvert can enjoy standing in a room full of people staring at her while she tries to answer sometimes deeply personal questions.  (Every introvert reading this knows exactly what I’m talking about.)  Personal probing aside, most people are simply curious about the following: 

  • How have you honed your emotional intelligence...?  
  • What are you reading…?
  • How do you handle social media…?

All great questions; all lengthy answers.  So let me tackle each question in a separate post, beginning with honing my own emotional intelligence.  

The short answer is I pay attention.  The long answer is I pay attention – all the time.  Awareness begins by paying attention, or noticing.  That which is noticed can then become intellectually processed.  And the outcome of that mental processing creates meaning. 

What I have honed is merely a habit of paying attention to the inputs (trigger points) that are available to each of us all the time.  My model of thinking is what, so what, now what. 

A simple story to illustrate how that model is applied to self-awareness. 

Trigger point:  Years ago on a family white water adventure, I fell out of my canoe just prior to entering a section of rapids.  I had been scared that my skills would prove to be inadequate, and was sure I would capsize.  Which I promptly did.   

Applying awareness to the trigger point:  The what is the rafting experience.  This is the event that triggered my insight.  The so what is what I thought about that event. My lack of confidence and the storyline that I played out in my head resulted in me falling out of the canoe.  The now what is the learning that creates meaning for a more universal application.  My belief about what I’m doing – my mental storyline – impacts what I actually do.  The question I now ask myself more often is how is my internal dialogue helping or hurting me, given the situation at hand.   

For me, the what, so what, now what model is an effective way to process so much of what I “notice”.  I might also add that the model creates a level of neutrality by replacing feelings of judgment with a mindset of curiosity.  Win-win. 

Trust me when I say sometimes my brain hurts from all this hyper-vigilance.  Growing ones level of awareness is not for the weak willed.  I applaud anyone who chooses to devote the time and intention to developing greater emotional intelligence.  It is a worthy pursuit and the payoff is enormous.  

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