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Friday G&T Gallery

How do you build emotional intelligence?

Emotional intelligence isn’t a new idea, but it can be difficult to know how ‘to do’ it well. So for the final Friday G&T of the season, here are 12 pointers to think about: from embracing silence and asking for help, to being yourself.

These 12 ideas come from Justine Bariso’s article for Inc.. Take a look to read more about each one and how to start practicing greater emotional intelligence for yourself and those around you.

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After just over three years of seeking out the best and brightest ideas to share with you in our Friday Gift and Tonics, we’ve decided this September to stop releasing a new one each week. However, we won’t be waving goodbye to the G&T just yet. Instead, we’ll be relaunching a new and refreshed collection of resources that will be free and available to everyone to use, share and enjoy, and will become the new home to the best and most thought-provoking G&Ts. We look forward to launching this later in the autumn, and until then you can keep your G&T topped up with the Friday G&T Gallery; a smorgasbord or ideas, inspiration and a little fun too. 

Productive meetings

“People don’t just want to belong, they want to contribute.”

Meetings can be great for getting things done (or at least agreed). But they can be so much more. They can set the scene to create more open, authentic relationships and build more trusting cultures. If you’re looking for a place to start, try one (or all) of these questions in your next meeting:

These questions are from an excellent article by Paul Axtell for the Harvard Business Review. In the article, Paul offers further guidance on how to create a climate of trust and permission.

Paul Axtell is an author of two award winning books, including Meetings Matter.

Photo from Pablo.

Hope through education

This week it’s national Refugee Week, raising awareness of the contribution that refugees make and helping to promote understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

To contribute, we wanted to share the story of Mariam and Darya. Two women who’ve travelled from Pakistan and Afghanistan, and have found new beginnings and hope through higher education. 

Both supported by our partner charity the Refugee Support Network, here are Mariam’s words:

The Refugee Support Network supports young refugee and asylum seekers to build more hopeful futures through education, including helping access higher education. We partnered with the RSN because we have a shared belief in the power of education to transform lives, and that every person deserves the same, equal opportunities to access it. Here’s Mariam and Darya’s full stories.

You can find out more about national Refugee Week, and how to take part, here.

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.

Preparing for an uncertain world

“Preparedness, coalition-building, imagination, experiments, bravery – in an unpredictable age, these are tremendous resources of resilience and strength. They aren’t efficient, but they give us limitless capacity for adaptation, variation and invention.”

We can’t predict what will happen next. But we can prepare. We can build relationships that help us stay robust, inspire our imagination and make brave decisions. 

This week, a compelling TED talk from Margaret Heffernan on ‘The human skills we need in an unpredictable world’.

Margaret Heffernan makes a powerful stand for messy, human skills and relationships to navigate our ‘infinitely surprising’ world. Now a writer, speaker and entrepreneur, Margaret was formally a CEO of five businesses.

Stress: friend or foe?

How do you feel about stress?

I think most people would say it’s pretty uncomfortable. Yet, we often become stressed because we care. It can be the catalyst to change, to grow, maybe to fail but also to learn. 

In The Upside of Stress, author, lecturer and psychologist Dr Kelly McGonigal redefines how we should think about stress, and shows how it can be a tool to enhance resilience and find more happiness in the choices we make. 

This week’s G&T comes from Kelly’s book The Upside of Stress. Dr Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist at Stanford University, and her TED talk on stress has been viewed over 7 million times.

Stress, as the topic of this week’s G&T, felt poignant as we begin to see what the coming months (and years) ahead might look like.

Photo by Massimo Virgilio on Unsplash