Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence

In this issue:

Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence

One of my most gratifying activities during these past few years has been co-developing and co-teaching a program at Google called Search Inside Yourself, a program that integrates mindfulness with emotional intelligence. Daniel Goleman in his book Working With Emotional Intelligence. says, “Analysis done by dozens of different experts in close to five hundred corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations worldwide have arrived independently at remarkably similar conclusions. Their conclusions all point to the paramount place of emotional intelligence in excellence on the job – virtually any job”.

The good news is that Emotional Intelligence can be learned.

A particularly interesting study shows that excelling in a variety of emotional competencies, not just a few, is a strong indicator of leadership success. The nine qualities shown to be most important are:

  • Initiative
  • Achievement drive
  • Adaptability
  • Influence
  • Team leadership
  • Political awareness
  • Empathy
  • Self-confidence
  • Developing others

At the beginning of the Search Inside Yourself program we ask participants to look at this list of qualities and to rate themselves in each. Then, to choose two or three to consciously work on improving over the 6-week period of the course.

As we begin the new year, I’m looking over this list for myself as I form my goals and development program for the year. This might be a good time to stop, relax, and take just a few minutes of time – Which of these qualities are your strengths? Which might you choose to work on during the coming year? What would you do differently, and what might the benefits be?

Wishing you much mindfulness, emotional intelligence, peace, and success.

With best regards,


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Wednesday Evening Sitting Group

Meditation in Mill Valley on Wednesday evenings at Homestead Valley Community Center.

6:45 Doors open
7:00 Meditation
7:30 Walking meditation
7:40 Talk/Discussion
8:30 End

Everyone is welcome; no experience necessary.

No charge. Donations appreciated.

Bring your own cushion. Chairs available.

Compassion for Fun and Profit

My friend and colleague at Google, Chade Meng-Tan (Google’s Jolly Good Fellow) recently gave a TED talk at the United Nations, entitled Compassion For Fun and Profit — why compassion matters, and its place in the world of business.

(The talk begins at 56 minutes and 43 seconds into this group of talks; Click here.)

Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less

Antidotes to busyness, and tools and practices for living a more calm, meaningful, and productive life.

“I hope that doing less will enable you to determine, each day, what your true productivity and contribution can be.”

“We need to learn how to turn each day into an opportunity not only for sustained productivity but for composure and enjoyment, which can actually lead to more sustained productivity.”

– excerpts from Less

Here is a recent Review of Less By Cheryl Richardson

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Executive Coaching and Outsourced Talent Management

Call on ZBA Associates LLC for your Executive Coaching, teambuilding needs, for keynote presentations, or to facilitate your offsite retreat. We help business leaders redefine and achieve success by integrating leadership and communication skills with mindfulness practices.

Coaching areas include:
• Leading and managing change
• Visionary thinking
• Shaping strategy
• Ease and confidence in the midst of pressure
• Inspiring trust
• Fostering open communication and dialogue
• Work/life balance
• Team building

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