106. Keeping time with emotional intelligence at work

12 June 2015 / Welcome to the emotional intelligence at work newsletter.  A change from the others, I hope.   On this day in 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her thirteenth birthday.
—Jeremy Marchant

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"If you can't measure it, you can't manage it".  Not true
Liz Ryan—a woman whose thinking I like—explains why the bleedin’ obvious is, well, obvious.  Next question:  Why do so many people cling onto this belief?

Quotations from diarists
Then to the King’s Theatre, where we saw Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, which I had never seen before, nor shall ever again, for it is the most insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw in my life.
Samuel Pepys . 1633-1703 . English naval administrator, Member of Parliament and Fellow of the Royal Society—and diarist . Diary (29 September 1662)

It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself. 

Salvador Dalí . 1904-1989 . Spanish surrealist artist . Diary of a genius

You cannot save people, you can only love them.

Anaïs Nin . 1903-1977 . French-born author . The diary of Anaïs Nin

An anthropologist walks into a bar
In this article, Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel B. Rasmussen talk about bottom up approaches to business transformation.  In other words, if you want to know how the business can move forward, ask the people who do the work, not the bosses.

Hidden Value Partners have developed a powerful method of getting at what the people on the ground really think.  A powerful new  business transformation tool.

Is seeing believing? Clearly not
It may be that we don’t encounter chess boards with strategically placed sweets every day, but this is still rather disturbing

Letters from home
It’s not about 140 characters.  It’s not about Facebook.  In this short TED talk, Hannah Brencher talks about her global movement encouraging people to write to people they don’t know—with a pen—on a piece of paper—and how this simple act has enriched, and sometimes saved, the lives many people [4:45]

Storm chaser
In this brief TED talk, Camille Seaman shares some stunning photographs she’s taken of storms (can be watched without sound) [3:26]

Music : Letter from home
Would you say this was melancholic?  Or, maybe, wistful... or just sad.  Or accepting?  Sweet, relaxing...?  How do a few notes convey emotions with such precision—or should it be imprecision?  The great Pat Metheny and band [starts at 3:14, though the preceding interview is interesting;  2:26]

Recent blogs
1  Why it’s not worth trying to motivate someone

2  No business needs a unique selling proposition (whatever, in reality, that is)

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