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Silent Inspiration: The Art of Doing Nothing

Posted by Janet Murray on Feb 17, 2018 12:08:40 PM

The art of doing nothing! Or is that even possible?

Lao-Tzu observed that "it is upon disaster that good fortune rests." - a broken leg, a missed appointment, a snow storm, surgery. Ten days ago I had major surgery, I have been recovering and feeling stronger each day. I am committed to allowing my body time to heal. I am a very active person and like to be busy with many things. As I have allowed myself the quiet time to heal and rest, so many wonderful things have happened. My thoughts and ideas have flowed so freely and in such an inspirational direction.

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Topics: Insider, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Gifts of the Horse

Hidden Wisdom! Nonverbal Communication in Leadership

Posted by Janet Murray on Jan 15, 2018 12:37:59 PM

Did you know that up to 90% of all communication is nonverbal.  As leaders in the workplace how we use this information is critical in relaying information and  sharing our vision with our co-workers. You do not have to be the boss to be the "leader". There are many situations in the workplace where a varitety of employees will be  given a task that requires a leadership role, and those who succesfully communicate their message to the team are more likely to accomplish the goal set out in the task. If we rely entirely on verbal communication to share this vision  then we are at risk of only communicating 10% of that plan.

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Topics: Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Gifts of the Horse

The Message Behind Emotions

Posted by Janet Murray on Aug 26, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Emotions are information

To horses, emotion is simply information. In studying with Linda Kohanov I have learned many things about how the horses use this valuable information. Because horses are preyed upon in nature, these sensitive, mindful creatures have maintained a highly developed ability to respond to subtle changes in stance, muscle tension, breathing and hence the general arousal level of other horses as well as predators, an ability they easily transfer to human beings.

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Topics: Emotion Messagee Chart, Linda Kohanov, Karla McLaren, Emotional Intelligence

Become the architect of your emotions

Posted by Janet Murray on Aug 25, 2017 5:29:34 AM

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence. Our society has become so good at thinking and solving problems in a logical way that we have ignored the emotional side of being human.

The message your feelings and emotions send you are simply providing you an understanding of the things that are going on around you and often the things that are going on inside you. Pay attention to our emotions and learn the message that they are sending. (Ignoring them is like covering your ears when your spouse or friend want to tell you something important.)

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Topics: Emotion Messagee Chart, Linda Kohanov, Karla McLaren, Emotional Intelligence

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At Lodestone Leadership we take leadership training out of the lecture hall and into the arena. Step into the round pen with your 3000lb training partner, and witness first hand how your emotions and body language impact those around you.  

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