Think With Your Heart

Emotional Intelligence

This short video introduces Emotional Intelligence using interesting animations. This will show the importance of emotional intelligence and how to improve emotional intelligence.

The following process can be used to create a learning experience for your team using this video.

Step 1 – A moderator (an expert from your company) to open the session, explaining the importance of the session.

Step 2 – Show the video – let participants absorb, take notes and write down questions to ask later

Step 3 – Have a Q&A session and a discussion

Step 4 – Agree on actions to be taken based on the video

Step 5 – Participants to say how the session was useful.

Pandemic and Relationships

Image Credits: Americaamplified.org

When lockdowns happened in mid-march I got standard in Dhaka without flights to return home. Therefore my experience is quite different to those who were with families and had to spend a lot of time with them while working or not working from home. However since returning home about 2 months ago I have been largely working from home that gives me the experience to reflect on that reality as well.

Being away from home with the uncertainty of when I will return home increased the concern towards me by mother, wife and daughters at home as well as my siblings and other relatives from various part of the world. The 10 weeks in Dhaka resulted in more communications with all my close family and other relatives more than ever before. Conversations among relatives resulted in each one inquiring from others about how they are affected by the pandemic, the impact on livelihood etc. Therefore there was concerned among each other for each other, much more than usual. Continue reading “Pandemic and Relationships”

The Battle of the Head and Heart

Do you use more of your head or hear when deciding, communicating and taking action. What works for you best? Find out more by taking the ‘SENSEI IQ-EQ Dynamic’ is an assessment. This is a tool designed to identify the balance between our Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ), with the intention of understanding the reason why we think, make sense, decide and act the way we do. It also helps in understanding others and how we can improve the way we think, make sense, decide and act. It also improves relationships, introducing a new way of perceiving and interacting with others.

Click here to take your free EQ-IQ Test and read more about it

Once done, you can discuss your findings with your colleagues who have also completed the ‘Sensei Leadership Complexities’ assessment. Engaging with the details in the ‘Sensei Assessments’ website, including the 10 minute video and the detailed description could help get great value from this assessment .

The value of this tool is in the discussion and resulting action plan, not the scores per se. Focus on any real disparity in scoring and any consistently low scores. These are the areas that for you may yield the biggest return on discussion and can illuminate the way to raising the bar on performance in your organisation.

If you would like to discuss your results, any particular aspects of the health check questionnaire or how we can help you or your team, please contact us.

Leadership Virtues – Overdone!

Leadership Complexities – Free Self Assessment

SENSEI LEADERSHIP COMPLEXITIES’ is a leadership assessment tool used by senior leaders of organizations to understand the complexities that arise when leadership behaviours are used in excess, and how to address these.

Please click here to take your free ‘Leadership Complexity’ assessment.

Once done, you can discuss your findings with your colleagues who have also completed the ‘Sensei Leadership Complexities’ assessment. Engaging with the details in the ‘Sensei Assessments’ website, including the 10 minute video and the detailed description could help get great value from this assessment .

The value of this tool is in the discussion and resulting action plan, not the scores per se. Focus on any real disparity in scoring and any consistently low scores. These are the areas that for you may yield the biggest return on discussion and can illuminate the way to raising the bar on performance in your organisation.

If you would like to discuss your results, any particular aspects of the health check questionnaire or how we can help you or your team, please contact us.

What Inspires You?

A collection of Ranjan De Silva’s favourite poems recited by him with short introductions and debrief of each poem at an online Rotary meeting between Rotary Club of Colombo Reconnections Sri Lanka and Rotary Club of Nanganallaur, India.

As you listen to these poems reflect on what inspire you. Is it the selection, a particular poem, the themes, the words, the way they are recited, relevance to you, your mindset or anything else?

The poems include;

  • If you think you can you can
  • Little Cloud
  • Risk
  • Rose
  • Cookie thief
  • Love is separateness
  • Plea of a graceful lady
  • Determination of an extra-ordinary man
  • Forgive me when I whine
  • Anyway

Soul Nourishing Poems

Measuring What Matters

The Human Performance Index at Work

HPI is the sum total of the actions, interactions, behaviors and collaboration of leaders, teams and individuals at all levels of a business that have direct or indirect impact on business performance. HPI is the answer to measuring the quality of organisational cultures that is vital for performance improvement. It also works as a tool to help make strategic  decisions that enable creating a winning work culture.

A presentation by Ranjan De Silva at the Bangalore HR Summit 2011, titled HPI at work at Agora, the leading supermarket chain in Bangladesh.

The following process can be used to create a learning experience for your team using this video.

Step 1 – A moderator (an expert from your company) to open the session, explaining the importance of the session.

Step 2 – Show the video – let participants absorb, take notes and write down questions to ask later

Step 3 – Have a Q&A session and a discussion

Step 4 – Agree on actions to be taken based on the video

Step 5 – Participants to say how the session was useful.

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Is EQ the answer that IQ could not provide?

In the name of psychology and neuroscience, Daniel Goleman shares his insights on why IQ is not an accurate predictor of how well one does in life. A new metric is called for, one he calls, ‘Emotional Intelligence’. Everyone has the capacity to develop their emotional skills and improve their EQ. This video shows you some examples of ways to cultivate your emotional intelligence so you can put them to work at home, in the workplace, and in your relationships.

Attention! The word ‘depression’ in this video simply refers to feelings of sadness and not ‘clinical depression’.

The following process can be used to create a learning experience for your team using this video. Continue reading “Is EQ the answer that IQ could not provide?”

The Beautiful Paradox

coaching pic

This is one of my favourite pictures that depicts the essence of learning. This is an executive coaching process underway for senior executives of the John Keells Holdings at the Cinnamon Citadel Hotel in Kandy, the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka. A peer coaching process where peers who participate in the coaching process, becomes a part of the coaching team together with the coach.

The beanbags and the dress code signify the informality of the process, the blend of colours signifies the diversity of the aspirations, hopes, concerns, issues, methods and solutions of the participants. The disorderly nature of the white chairs in the background with bags thrown around signifies the messiness that needs to be experienced in the learning and growth process. The flip charts signifies the formality of the work to be done. The sweets, water, snacks and tea provided shows the care taken to ensure the comfort of the participants.  The intense listening and focus of the participants shows the seriousness, rigorous and the respect show to each other and the process.

Overall a beautiful blend of the soft and the hard, the messiness and the orderliness, the informality and formality, the soft and the hard touching hearts and minds for real, purposeful transformation.

Pictures that speak

Say It Like Obama

Learn how to deliver an inspiring speech from one of the best in the trade; Barack Obama.

By the time Barack Obama had finished speaking at the 2004 DNC, Democrats across the USA knew they had seen the future of their party. How does he do it?

Learn the elements of his speech from political speech experts featured in this episode including: Michael A. Cohen Author, Live From The Campaign Trail, Mario Cuomo Former Governor of New York, Robert Lehrman Chief Speechwriter for Vice President Gore and Professor of Speechwriting American University, Charlton McIlwain Professor of Communication, New York University, Jeff Shesol Speechwriter for President Clinton and Founding Partner, West Wing Writers.

The following process can be used to create a learning experience for your team using this video.

Continue reading “Say It Like Obama”