This is a great 7 minute audio clip with Dan Goleman in conversation with George Kohlrieser of the IMD business school, about the importance of leaders to paying focused attention, in order to create a culture of sustained employee attention.
Leadership mood appears to be contagious (see my blogpost here: http://bit.ly/1jCryqJ).
Dan blows apart the mistaken belief that leaders need to focus on what their teams are doing poorly, explaining how negative feedback triggers the amygdala and sabotages employees abilities to perform well. And George talks about how Leaders can deliver bad news from a positive and caring place, in order to allow their teams to hear and respond appropriately.
Click here for the 7 minute audio clip on the More than Sound website:
George Kohlrieser is professor of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at IMD, and author of "Hostage At The Table: How Leaders Can Overcome Conflict, Influence Others, and Raise Performance"
In this HBR article, Dan Goleman describes how two year's worth of new research has been compiled and shows how a leader's mood drives the mood and behaviour of their teams. And that this is a primary factor affecting the bottom line. It seems that the mood of an organisation's head honcho literally spreads through the organisation like an electrical charge.
"High levels of emotional intelligence, our research showed, create climates in which information sharing, trust, healthy risk-taking, and learning flourish. Low levels of emotional intelligence create climates rife with fear and anxiety. Because tense or terrified employees can be very productive in the short term, their organizations may post good results, but they never last."
Goleman believes these results show that demonstrating Emotional Leadership (ie. optimistm, authenticity, positive energy) is a good Leader's main task.
It's not easy for Leaders to sustain positivity, and coaching is a very supportive environment for fostering emotional Leadership.
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And here to read the HBR article:
Daniel Goleman: Cognitive Control is a better predictor of financial success & health than IQ or family of origin wealth
How to strengthen our concentration 'muscle' in the mind.
Research shows that the more we can practice bringing our attention back to a single focus point, the greater capacity we have as the brain circuitry strengthens.
In this short video clip for nicabm.com, Dan Goleman tells a very sweet story of how 7 year olds can develop the skill of attention, or 'cognitive control'.
A long term study in New Zealand followed over 1,000 young people from age 4 to age 32, and found that infants who showed greater cognitive control aged four were more financially successful and healthier in their thirties. Cognitive control is a better predictor of financial success and health than either IQ or family of origin wealth.
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A short and sweet HuffPost article on the developmental stages of children's attention, and why it's important for emotional regulation.
It's in their third year that toddlers are able to focus at will, to ignore distractions, and inhibit their impulses. Thereafter, young children begin making choiceful decisions, applying willpower demonstrating self-discipline. By the age of eight, most children have mastery on their mental attention which allows the development of brain pathways for cognitive skills like reading and writing.
Link to the short article here:
Andy talks to Harpers Bazaar about how mindfulness supports relationships through better communication, being fully present and less judgemental. It helps us manage the strong emotions that arise in our most important relationships, and even helps improve our sex lives by bringing us fully into our bodies instead of being caught up in thinking.
Read the short article here:
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Christine Riordan's blogpost for HBR neatly summarises how leaders can start to develop listening skills, and the benefits to their teams and organisations.
The three areas she identified where leaders fail to listen actively and empathically are
... Sound familiar?
The behaviours associated with empathic listening in the article are
Most crucial of all is that leaders follow up on the points raised, and Christine Riordan highlights the importance of demonstrating that people have been heard through follow up meetings, memos and incorporating changes.
The positive benefits of empathic listening she identified are building trust, allowing others to air their feelings, sharing information and promoting collaboration in problem-solving.
Read the full post here:
“Most people do not listen
with the intent to understand;
they listen with the intent to reply.”
Stephen R. Covey