Emotional Intelligence

Your Child Needs Emotional Agility To Succeed

Linda Simpson | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Extensive rigorous research demonstrates that an emotionally secure child has a healthy understanding of interpersonal skills and improved academic performance. Every parent knows the pain of seeing their child in distress over some emotional hurt. As parents we must accept that we cannot make 'boo boo's go away for their entire life. Let them feel it and learn some agility skills. Dexterity counts in the game of life too.

How To Survive A Mid-Flight Meltdown

Elena Murzello | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Travel
Elena Murzello

You're waiting for your flight to board and you receive an unexpected text that sends you to an emotional tailspin. Lucky for you, if you book it the nearest bathroom and compose yourself before heading up in the air. But what if you find yourself unexpectedly sobbing at the ending of a rom-com mid flight?

Am I Destined To Become My Emotionally Unavailable Father?

James Di Fiore | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Parents
James Di Fiore

I've seen fathers go from being authentically overjoyed in the presence of their kids to becoming these sad, defeated men who can't even muster a hello, much less a toast at a family function. Worse, I've seen what it does to their kids. Hell, I am one of those kids.

6 Ways To Gain Clarity And Take Your Own Advice

Evan Thompson | Posted 12.29.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Our fast-paced lives often require us to make decisions on the fly with little consideration of why we are doing what we do and even less consideration of the long-term impact of those decisions. Clarity acts as a steady light beam that guides us to the right decision -- in our business or personal lives. It helps us identify our goals and precisely when we want to achieve them.

The Christmas-Hanukkah Overlap Gives Me Hope For A Better 2017

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

In a rare occurrence, Christmas Eve and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day this year. Perhaps these two religious events coinciding is a signal that the world can be a more united place in 2017.

4 Secrets To Making A Difficult Situation Better

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Anger or anxiety disables our thinking brain. We need to re-calibrate what we are thinking in order to reclaim our emotional balance. That being said, when someone is putting pressure on us or elevating our blood pressure, stepping back and approaching things differently can help improve the outcome.

Review, Release And Resonate Your Way To Success

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Have you ever had a closet that was full of old clothes and that you lost a lot of weight? If you decided to buy a new wardrobe, you would have to declutter the stuff that doesn't fit anymore. We have to do the same thing with our calendar.

Free Your Life And Career From The Cycle Of Emotional Blackmail

Monique Caissie | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

The people who use emotional blackmail are doing so because it works. They rely on our negative emotions where we turn off our logic. People who use emotional blackmail are also adept at punishing you if you try and play their game.

How To Manage "Negative Neil" And "Debbie Downer"

Monique Caissie | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

Oh no. You can hear them coming down the hall and are wishing you could hide under your desk. Being on a team project with them can feel like there's no escaping them. You know who I'm talking about: the nay-sayers and folks who seem to go around thinking there's a contest to be won for complaining or seeing the worst out of every situation.

When And How To Negotiate A Raise

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

While research increasingly places feeling valued and getting promoted on the same level as being well paid, we still need to feel we are being fairly paid. I have always felt that compensation is another way of keeping score and of measuring your professional value.

EQ Over IQ, Says Scorpion Genius Walter O'Brien

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

I've often wondered how high-IQ individuals feel about the increasing importance placed on emotional intelligence (EQ). Over the past three decades, w...

How To Build Your Business Using Emotional Intelligence

Evan Thompson | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

A lack of soft skills will take a toll on the bottom line. Prospects hate to feel like they are merely potential revenue sources for sales people who simply want to "hit their targets". Winning their business should involve much more than a sales call, presentation, or a lunch.

Secrets On How To Cool The Workplace Drama Queen

Monique Caissie | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada
Monique Caissie

Lisa called me to get some advice about a colleague named Wendy whom she called a drama queen. (Both names are pseudonyms.) She started pointing out ...

Is That "Your" Problem?

Monique Caissie | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Our egos, especially when we are feeling insecure in a new undertaking, can sabotage us. This can be exhausting if we are unaware that we are reacting to fear. Stepping back and taking stock of why we are reacting is a healthy first step. Then we need to implement some leadership habits.

5 Tips To Make Your Children Brilliantly Successful At Work

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

If you're a caring parent, of course you want the best for your children. You think about their future and want them to be happy, healthy and successful in life. You want them to have good relationships when they grow up; meaningful pastimes and success in whatever job or career they eventually choose. When it comes to their future work life, they'll need important guidance from you, their parents.

Raising Your Workplace EQ: The Value Of Creating Connections

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.20.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Being talented, driven, confident, curious, creative, courageous and ambitious are all necessities if you want to be a success in any field, but they're not enough. The interpersonal component can make or break even the most promising career. The bottom line is that if you don't know how to relate to other people it will be difficult, if not impossible, to succeed in your career.

Why Soft Skills Beat Hard Skills In Business

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

For those climbing the organizational ladder (and others already at the top) the ability to earn the trust and loyalty of colleagues, clients, and prospects through exceptional soft skills now tops the value of technical expertise as the hunt for prospective leaders continues.

5 Compelling Reasons To Leave Your Horrible Boss

Monique Caissie | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

You do have a choice. You may have to take a financial hit to put yourself in a better long-term situation. This happens to people all the time and resilience comes from taking action with a longer more practical viewpoint.

Let's Talk About The Emotional Aspect Of Personal Finance

JA Canada | Posted 11.20.2016 | Canada Business
JA Canada

When improving or correcting money management behaviour in others, we must be sensitive to the personal and emotional definitions of value that are consciously and unconsciously involved. Yet most financial literacy programs avoid this altogether and focus on the more pragmatic and practical skills.

5 Tips to Improve Your Emotional Fitness

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Counselling should push you and test your limits, and help you understand your strengths and vulnerabilities. It may be uncomfortable and exhausting at times, but in the same way a good work out feels good physically, a good psychological workout can be deeply, emotionally satisfying.

What It's Like to Be a Professional Cuddler

Carlen Costa | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

But, what if you don't have access to cuddling? What if you are one of many who seemingly function in life as touch-deprived individuals? What if you wanted to and could cuddle with someone right now? Well, here's what I've learned you can do about it.

How Would You Define Yourself in 5 Words?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 10.02.2016 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Our personal brand evolves with us. This is why it's important to continually check in and re-evaluate how we define it. For me, I know I need to take stock again when my gut instinct tells me I am growing and changing. Lately, I have found myself feeling a bit antsy, and I thought revisiting my Five I AMs might help reset my priorities.

Understanding the Grief of Suicide

Adele Ryan McDowell | Posted 08.20.2016 | Canada Living
Adele Ryan McDowell

Your world is no longer the same. There is no clock, no formula, no standard operating procedure. It takes as long as it takes. Your healing journey is unique to you. In grief, you remember and sift and sort through the good and not-so-good memories, feelings, history and artifacts of a life.

Why quitting your job may not be the answer writes @corinawalsh

Corina Walsh | Posted 08.07.2016 | Canada Business
Corina Walsh

Throughout my career I worked for some pretty awful companies. They were awful mostly because a couple of key people at the top were successful in creating a toxic work culture. Exclusion, discrimination, and bullying were the daily norm.

Great Interpersonal Skills Can Be Learned

Evan Thompson | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

If you feel you just don't have that gift of natural connection, don't worry. Great interpersonal skills can be learned. You can become aware of others and engage them more naturally and easily than you think. You first need to get over your belief that you're "just not a people person" and that it's not your responsibility to foster teamwork -- just results.