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Risk Disposition and The Return To Work – Why Some People Can’t Wait To Get Back To The Office and Others Want To Stay Home

Slowly but surely, the world of non-essential services is starting to contemplate and process the transition from working at home to being back in the workplace. Under the guidance and recommendations of public health groups, many people are starting to make the mental shift back to the idea of working in a group setting and […]

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Peanut Butter & Jelly: The Magical Combination of Self-Awareness and Emotional Expression

Being in the business of people development means we’re generally focused on meeting the needs of others. Helping others build capabilities, expand perspectives, and understand how they can help their teams get from Point A to Point B. This sometimes means that during our typical busy, fast-paced client-focused workday, we tend to deprioritize an activity […]

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How To Work With People You Don’t Like

One of the great things about the workplace is that it throws us into a social environment where we are required to work alongside, communicate with, and get along with, people from a broad range of backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, and belief systems. As a result, you could well be working alongside someone who has very […]

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The Other Side of the Resilience Equation

In recent months there has been a significant uptick in the discourse around hardiness and resilience. While neither of these are new topics, it seems like something has shifted, and more attention is being paid to these, as well as other aspects of workplace stress, than has been in the past. This is a really, […]

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Emotional Intelligence and Physical Fitness: The Links to my Happiness Scale

For myself, physical wellness has been a lifelong journey directly contributing to my personal well-being and happiness. Fitness and movement are a consistent “go to” in my world for stress management, and simple soul-filling experiences. When I first learned about the Well-Being Indicator, and specifically, the concept of Happiness in the EQ-i 2.0 model, I […]

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Dare To Fly Higher Podcast

Check out this podcast from my colleague and collaborator Glenn Taylor In this podcast I talk about emotional intelligence and its role in effective leadership, manipulation, and cognitive biases – among other things. I hope you like it! Episode 012: Emotional Intelligence & Leadership with Drew Bird

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EQ In Action – Reality Testing

One of my favourite quotes is by Mark Twain. It goes: “It ain’t what you don’t know that will get you into trouble. It is what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” I love this quote because it encapsulates so perfectly the essence of Reality Testing – one of the subscales in the […]

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The ROI of Developing Emotional Intelligence

One of the most compelling, and confounding questions about investing in developing emotional intelligence (or any leadership training) is “What’s the ROI”? While on the surface the case for developing emotional intelligence in leaders makes sense (who doesn’t want to work for someone who is emotionally intelligent), can we really point to any difference that […]

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5 Ways to Be More Emotionally Effective

You have probably seen the TV commercial for Snickers Bars that has the tagline ‘You are not yourself when you are hungry’. If you have ever suffered from being ‘hangry’ (hungry that makes angry) you can likely relate. There is a well-established connection between our physiological state, and our resulting emotional state and subsequent behaviour.  […]

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EQ In Practice: Impulse Control

Collaboration isn’t always easy. Seeing the world from different points of view and bringing our own experiences and interpretations to every endeavor creates plenty of opportunity for conflict, and requires that we are able to have control over the way we interact with others. When our own values or beliefs bump up against things that […]

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EQ In Practice: Emotional Expression

We underestimate the value of Emotional Expression. What is Emotional expression? It’s translating our thoughts for the people around us. It’s making our inner concerns, questions, thought processes, and internal jumps for joy transparent for our colleagues and people around us. In the U.S., we spent decades telling workers that emotions had no place in […]

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How Soon Is Too Soon?

A common question that comes up in the EQ-I & EQ360 Certification process is how soon is too soon for someone to go through the assessment process again after their initial completion. Leaving aside situations where there is a validity concern with the report (I’ll cover that in a future post), there is a simple […]

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Dealing With Difficult 360 Debriefs

I’ll never forget the time the client, unhappy with her 360 results, threw almost 40 pages of report high into the air. She stared me straight in the eye and said “that’s what I think of that #$%.” Admittedly the results didn’t portray her in a very positive light, but it was hard to believe, […]

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Tips For Debriefing 360 Feedback

In my last blog posting I offered some tips for administering 360-degree feedback tools. In this posting I will cover some of the lessons I have learned from debriefing 360 feedback with clients: Explain the construct before you explain the results – Best practice dictates that when preparing a subject to undertake a 360 process […]

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Why Coaching Is The Best Way to Develop Emotionally Effective Leaders – Part 1 of 4

When it comes to helping leaders apply their knowledge of emotional intelligence to everyday situations, what’s easy often doesn’t work, and what works often isn’t easy. In this series of four blog posts, I’ll look at why coaching is one of the most effective leadership development processes, and how coaching can help develop not just […]

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The Emotionally Effective Leader

The gap between knowing and doing is holding many leaders back. Millions of dollars are invested every year in leadership development, but the actual impact of this spending remains unknown. If the stats are to be believed, peoples trust and belief in the effectiveness of their leaders is going down, not up. When the concept […]

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Emotional Intelligence Training

When people consider emotional intelligence training or coaching, one of the questions I am frequently asked is ‘Can you train people to increase their emotional intelligence?’ The question itself seems straightforward, but in truth the answer is no – you can’t train people to increase their emotional intelligence. What you can do as a coach […]

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Why Emotional Intelligence?

Over the course of my career I have had the privilege of working with literally hundreds of leaders. One of the most enjoyable parts of this work is sitting with them, talking through the myriad opportunities and challenges, strategizing on how to tackle both. If you are a coach, consultant, or HR Professional then you […]

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Five Tips for Your First EQ-i Debrief

So you have just been certified to use the EQ-I and are preparing to do your first debrief. While we cover the debrief process extensively in the EQ-I & EQ360 Certification training, there is nothing like getting to do your first full debrief with a real client. For some coaches and consultants that first debrief […]

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My name is Drew Bird. I am the Founder, Principal and Lead Facilitator & Instructor for The EQ Development Group. Welcome to our blog! Our mission is to help coaches, consultants, HR, and Talent Management Professionals to integrate emotional intelligence and related concepts into their work. We also work directly with organization to help them develop emotionally effective leadership, and emotionally intelligent workplaces.

At the EQ Development Group we believe that individuals, relationships, families, businesses, and organizations can be transformed when we become more conscious about what we are doing and why we are doing it. There is so much potential within each of us, and for many this potential can be unleashed through developing an increased awareness of self, others, and the interaction between the two. We believe that emotional intelligence has a critical and foundational role to play in that process.

I, and other members of The EQ Development Group typically post every other week. Please let me know your comments by emailing me directly – drew@eqdevgroup.com. If you have questions, or a topic that you would like to see in a future blog post, please let me know.

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