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.

Mindfulness is a form of concentration building that is simply paying attention to what is happening in the present moment without judgement. We can pay attention to breath, music, walking, eating or anything else that we are doing. The idea is to pay attention with an attitude of kindness and curiosity.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I am considered a business coach. However, The Tortoise Institute teachings improve the quality and connection of most personal and professional relationships.