107. Trick or treat with emotional intelligence at work

30 October 2015 / Welcome to the emotional intelligence at work newsletter.  A change from the others, I hope.  
—Jeremy Marchant

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Why do we work?
What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheque, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests in this TED video, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel. [8:02]

Managing your emotions at work
How to control your feelings... “before they control you”, it says here.  Nonetheless, a useful article from the Mind Tools website, to which you might consider subscribing.

Quotations de jour
Glendower: I can call spirits from the vasty deep.
Hotspur: Why, so can I, or so can any man; / But will they come when you do call for them?

Shakespeare Henry IV, part I

Thin, airy shoals of visionary ghosts.

Homer Odyssey, trans, Alexander Pope

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth / Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep.

Milton Paradise Lost

>>  A
new selection of quotations on (not) learning from history

How to find work you love
“You are the average of the five people you spend most time with.”
Scott Dinsmore left a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful.  In this TED talk, he shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you—and then getting started doing it [17:47].
Scott Dinsmore’s website.

If you are interested in this subject, you’ll probably find the book, The work we were born to do, by Nick Williams, useful.

Why are nice people so scary?
Very thought provoking short video from the excellent School of Life [3:03]

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