Happy Lefthanders' Day emotional intelligence at work
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(Apparently yesterday, 13 August, was International Lefthanders' Day.)
Jeremy Marchant
Things that lose by being painted
Pinks, cherry blossoms, yellow roses. Men or women who are praised in romances as being beautiful.
Sei Shōnagon (965-1010s), Japanese author and court lady, The pillow book

EI problem of the week
“[One of my team] is a 28-year-old man, and he is falling apart in front of my eyes... His girlfriend recently kicked him out of their shared flat... His work performance has also been suffering... he requires a huge amount of supervision.
“... I feel I can't trust him with even the most simple of tasks... I am going through the disciplinary process with HR, but can't help feeling sorry for him. Any level-headed manager would fire him for his performance, but I feel sympathy for his personal situation.
“How do I balance this with the risk of our group having a poor reputation with clients, not to mention the extra work placed on his teammates?”

Before reading Jeremy Bullmore’s answer, what would you do?

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Lonely at the top?
In this video, I suggest a remedy for bosses and others who believe that it is lonely at the top.  
Video by CommunicateTV.  (2:16)
Test your social intelligence!
Test how well you can read emotions of others just by looking at their eyes.  And contribute to Genuine Harvard research.
The ability to read the emotions of others is linked to "social intelligence" which, in turn, is linked to performance on team-based problem solving tasks (it says here). 
Why is an NHS leader like a stand up comedian?
Belinda Weir makes an interesting, if slightly contentious, stand

Why does X represent the unknown?
Terry Moore shows why (3:57)

And, here he challenges something you always thought you knew:  how to tie your shoelaces (2:59)
Things that gain by being painted
Pines. Autumn fields. Mountain villages and paths. Cranes and deer. A very cold winter scene; an unspeakably hot summer scene.
Sei Shōnagon, The pillow book
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