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What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is the ability to be aware of, control and express one’s own emotions, as well as those in others, to notice, navigate and handle interpersonal relationships and use that information to get results.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is simply paying attention to what is happening in the present moment without judgement. We can pay attention to breath, music, walking, eating. It’s eliminating the judgement that is most important and also the most difficult.

How does Mindfulness fit into the business environment?

Mindfulness fits into business in many different ways. It’s the bridge between leadership and well-being. People who practice mindfulness report increased focused attention, creative problem solving, greater self-awareness which is critical for leadership, and resiliency which is ability to bounce back from adversity. There is also a link to mindfulness with greater decision-making skills and faster implementation.

Is Mindfulness a Religious Practice?

No. While many religions have contemplative practices, mindfulness can be secular and science-based. Because of the advances in brain studies, it is possible to demonstrate THROUGH REPLICATED SCIENTIFIC RESULTS how what we think, do and pay attention to can change the structure and function of the brain. By practicing mindfulness, we can increase the power of paying attention.

I don't want to make my team uncomfortable talking about emotions.  How do you accomplish this?

Like it or not, emotions show up at work especially when we deny or suppress them. When working with teams, we use the language of organizations as well as science to support how emotions impact leadership, effectiveness and well-being. When we are aware of how we manage our emotions, we get more skillful in navigating them without denying or suppressing them. That awareness translates into more effective teams.

What results can I expect from your programs?

Our programs serve to move participants from autopilot to awareness. It’s about taking a more active role in your life to find meaning and become about 10% happier. It is a mutual sum game in that the participants of the program have to be open, curious and willing to see things differently. Most people who participate in mindfulness training see results that are demonstrated by increased engagement, greater resiliency, and improved clarity and focus.

Who should participate?

Any individual who is ready to make a commitment to improving their well-being. They can be in a formal leadership role or in a position to influence their community or household. It is a slow and steady practice to learn how to pay attention to our thoughts without judgment. Once we recognize that as humans we are biologically wired for negative, we can overcome that way of thinking with practice and guidance.

Are you a life coach?

I am not considered a life coach however The Tortoise Institute teachings improve the quality and connection of personal and professional relationships.