Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness and Creativity
Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist and New York Times bestselling author. His seminal book Emotional Intelligence has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. It has been named one of the 25 “Most Influential Business Management Books” by TIME Magazine. The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Accenture Institute for Strategic Change have listed Goleman among the most influential business thinkers.
is a board member of the Mind & Life Institute, which fosters dialogues and research collaborations among scientists and contemplative practitioners including the Dalai Lama whom he has co-written a number of books with.
What Dan Goleman will be speaking about
From Aristotle to Thoreau, to Alan Ginsberg, meditation has long been explored and practiced by creative individuals to increase mindfulness and cultivate creativity. After spending two years in India and doing research at Harvard on meditation, Daniel Goleman was an early advocate for mindfulness.
Dr. Goleman first taught meditation in the mid-1970s as a tool for increasing focus, improving attention span, and hastening stress recovery. With methods like scanning sensations throughout the body, letting go of distracting thoughts or feelings, and focusing on love and kindness, we can reach a non-judgmental, inner-awareness that changes the relationship to our minds and frees us from the grip of emotional reactivity. Our creative thoughts can flow more freely.
Now a fixture in mainstream neuroscience, Goleman shows how these tools strengthen neural circuitry, improving overall awareness. It is no surprise that many emergency room doctors, top business executives, children growing up in dire circumstances, and troops in war zones are all being taught mindfulness to increase focus and manage stress.
Mindfulness is also the first step in acquiring emotional intelligence, especially awareness of our emotions. Self-awareness – the ability to recognize your feelings and their effect on your actions – is, as research has shown, the key to developing all other aspects of emotional intelligence.
Mindfulness also plays a key role in creativity, at each major stage, from recognizing the need for a novel solution, to setting the inner stage for a creative insight, to executing that innovation successfully. To hasten mainstream mindfulness and establish it in our society, Goleman details the benefits of a concentrated, mindful awareness, and easy to teach and practice in schools, at work, and at home.
His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence, was noted as one of the 25 most influential business management books.
Reaching a huge audience of business minds, Emotional Intelligence featured on the New York Times bestseller list.
An insightful talk on business, psychology and science, his talk has reached over 1 million views…and counting.