105. Vote, vote, vote for emotional intelligence at work

4 May 2015 / Welcome to the emotional intelligence at work newsletter.  A change from the others, I hope.  This newsletter is a political-party neutral zone.  Nothing should be inferred from the choice of emotional intelligence at work’s colours.

—Jeremy Marchant
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Find the party that's closest to you
Apologies to our non-UK readers for mentioning it, but there seems to be some sort of election going on here.  The Vote Match website site is a bit of an eye opener.  It asks you some questions and then reveals the party whose polices most match your beliefs.  Could be embarrassing!

An outside view of the UK election
The debate in the UK appears to be crushingly parochial. Why does nobody speak about the big topics?  German journalist Alan Posener looks at the differences between the two countries.

Quotations on government
It has been said that democ­racy is the worst form of Govern­ment except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
[Not as usually misquoted.]

Winston Churchill, speech in the House of Commons (1947)

The most critical moment for bad governments is the one which witnesses their first steps toward reform.

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1805-1859

What experience and history teach is this—that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.
[Strangely, this is as true to day as it was two centuries ago.]

Georg Hegel, 1770-1831.  

Why democracy matters
84% of people in Britain say politics is broken. In this important talk, Rory Stewart, until recently an MP, sounds a call to action to rebuild democracy, starting with recognising why democracy is important—not as a tool, but as an ideal. [13:38]

Alice Cooper’s well known ditty, Elected.  Could never happen here, of course.  [3:27]

Recent blogs
1.  As we in the UK revel in a fun-filled general election campaign, why is it pointless to expect “senior” politicians to deliver the goods?

2.  Stop selling!  Why trying to sell to grow your business is counterproductive.

Newsletter archives
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(thanks this week to Nicolas Marchant)

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