The Emotional Intelligence of Marcus Aurelius Part II

Several days ago I wrote a blog about Marcus Aurelius with particular reference to Donald Robertson’s new book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. I finished the blog by discussing perhaps the most useful Stoic technique: cognitive distancing. In this blog I will cover two more useful techniques described by Robertson that I think are particularly suitable in this modern day: Decatastrophizing and Reality Testing. Decatastrophizing is where we .....

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191001 The Emotional Intelligence of Marcus Aurelius Part I

What kicked of this blog was an interesting podcast from Wharton Business School: Life Hacks from Marcus Aurelius: How Stoicism Can Help Us The podcast features author and psychotherapist Donald Robertson discussing his new book How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius. For most of us our first contact with Marcus Aurelius would have been in the film Gladiator starting Russell Crowe as General Maximus Decimus Meridius. At the beginning of the film Emperor.....

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How to Really Address Leadership Problems

  In early September 2019 the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) sent out an interesting report How to Address Leadership Problems that you can freely download. There are two big takeaways from the report: On average, managers rated their own performance 25% higher than the ratings given to them by their employees. The biggest performance gaps were: Displaying honesty and integrity: 31 per cent gap Coaching and mentoring: 31 per cent gap Displaying emotional i.....

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Shakespeare and Emotional Intelligence

(Sorry about the spelling) Recently I was interviewed (face-to-face) by Andy McLean who is the editor of Leadership Matters, the quarterly magazine produced by the Institute of Management and Leaders (IML). I happen to be a Fellow of the IML and Andy regularly interviews the more senior members of the IML to generate copy. During the interview I gave Andy a copy of The Humm Handbook: Lifting Your Level of Emotional Intelligence secretly hoping to get a plug in the article. To my amazement.....

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