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Daniel Goleman
Author, Emotional Intelligence 
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Psychologist and author of Emotional Intelligence and Focus, Daniel Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business. The Wall Street Journal ranked him as one of the 10 most influential business thinkers. His article “What Makes a Leader?” remains the most requested reprint in the history of Harvard Business Review

His 2014 bestseller, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, argues that leadership that gets results demands a triple focus: on our ourselves; on others, for our relationships; and on the outer forces that shape organizations and society. Dr. Goleman's "The Focused Leader" won the 2013 HBR McKinsey Award, given each year for the best article in Harvard Business Review.

In his book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama's Vision for Our World, Dr. Goleman — who was personally selected by the Dalai Lama — combines the Dalai Lama’s key teachings, empirical evidence, and true accounts of people putting his lessons into practice, offering readers practical applications for making the world a better place.

Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times best sellers list for a year-and-a-half. Named one of the 25 "Most Influential Business Management Books" by TIME, it has been translated into 40 languages. HBR called emotional intelligence (EI) “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea.” His follow-up, Working With Emotional Intelligence, outlined the importance of EI in professional settings. 

The groundbreaking Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence, which Goleman co-wrote with Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee, unveiled scientific evidence proving that a leader’s emotional competencies have an enormous impact on an organization’s bottom line. His more recent books include Social Intelligence: The New Science of Social RelationshipsEcological Intelligence, and What Makes a Leader, a collection of articles from HBRLinkedIn, and other business journals. 

Goleman’s 2017 book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body, co-written with Richard Davidson, explores how meditation and mindfulness can achieve real, positive, and lasting mental and behavioral change.

His work on the brain and behavioral science was nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and recognized with the Washburn Award and Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association. A former science journalist for The New York Timeshe was named to the 2011 and 2013 Thinkers50 and a top business guru by Accenture Institute for Strategic Change.

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Speaking Topics
What Makes a Leader: Emotional Intelligence and the Keys to High Performance

There are four parts to emotional intelligence (EI): self-awareness and self-management, which are the basis of leading yourself; and social awareness and relationship management, which are essential for leading others. Strengths in all four parts are the basis of high performance leadership. Within each of the four parts of EI there are learned abilities, or competencies, that are crucial for outstanding leadership. For instance, for self-management some of the learned leadership abilities are: emotional balance, adaptability, and positive outlook.

In this presentation, Dr. Goleman makes the business and scientific case for emotional intelligence as a key to great leadership and star performance and:

  • describes in detail the 12 crucial EI competencies 
  • shows how weakness in a competency causes troubles in leadership
  • explores what research has found about the unique contribution of these EI competencies to high performance leadership
  • shares examples of leaders with strengths in various competencies
  • explains how to develop strength in the EI competencies
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Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, and Creativity

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 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 ways to teach and practice in schools, at work, and at home. 

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Focus and Emotional Intelligence

It is becoming more and more difficult to function in this busy, distracted, and complex world. But if we are to survive – or even thrive, we must learn to manipulate two essential components that guide our every thought and action: Focus and Emotional Intelligence (EI).

We all know that a high IQ doesn’t ensure success, happiness, or virtue – as the proliferation of emotional intelligence has informed us of the powerful influence emotions have on our thoughts and decisions. Dr. Daniel Goleman now directs us toward focus, an oft ignored mental asset that has massive implications on how we navigate life. Liken focus to a muscle; it atrophies if unused, but strengthens if properly worked, improving our overall awareness and attention span.

Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Dr. Goleman delves into case studies from various fields such as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, and reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers. Delineating focus into three main components: inner, other, and outer focus, Goleman elaborates why a well-lived life demands that we have all three, and why high-performers are equally nimble at each.

Along with focus, Goleman explains the five components of EI: self-awareness, self-regulation, internal motivation, empathy, and social skills, and how striking a balance of each enforces success in relationships, at work, even our physical well-being. While deficits in EI can manifest in various ways, including problems in parenting, poor physical health, eating disorders, depression, chronic anger and anxiety, EI isn’t fixed at birth. With new insights into brain architecture and understanding of the two parts of our brain (the emotional and rational) Goleman outlines how adults as well as parents of young children can sow the right seeds, and how EI can be strengthened in all of us.

Because the lessons we learn as children literally form and re-shape our brains, Dr. Goleman provides the curriculum that can change the future for us and our children, advocating practices such as mindfulness meditation and focus, flexibility and stress recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental “prosthetics” that help improve habits, add new skills, and sustain excellence.

In this era of never-ending distractions, understanding focus is more important than ever. And only with a balance of focus and emotional intelligence can we optimize our lives – at work and in our relationships, and ultimately the lives of those around us, as we turn our attention to the wider world, to the powerless and the poor, and to the future.

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Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
Emotionally Intelligent Healthcare

Medical care means emotional as well as physical help, and every patient’s experience of that care depends largely on the emotions he or she feels. This explains why both patient retention and malpractice suits correlate more strongly with the quality of the doctor-patient relationship than the objective care given. Yet emotional intelligence, being intelligent about handling emotions, both in oneself and in relationships, has been a missing ingredient in education for healthcare. Emotionally intelligent healthcare means upgrading the personal skills brought to bear in the health worker-patient relationship. Such skills among healthcare workers flourish most when leaders themselves are emotionally competent. There are both medical and business arguments for such care: it helps health workers operate at peak cognitive efficiency, and so make better decisions, and makes the human experience of care the kind patients appreciate. 

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Mindful Leadership
Focus and Emotional Intelligence in Education
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Books & Other Works
  • Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
  • Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
  • A Force For Good
  • Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence
  • Primal Leadership: Unleashing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
  • What Makes a Leader: Why Emotional Intelligence Matters
  • Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
  • The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights
  • Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence
  • Working with Emotional Intelligence
  • Ecological Awareness: Dialogues On Ecological Intelligence
  • Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor
  • Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama
  • Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception
  • Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything
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“Dr. Goleman's talk had a tremendous impact on every person in the room. Having read much of his written work, what he shared at the Forum was quite extraordinary.”
Southeastern University
“Dr. Goleman was absolutely fantastic in his presentation. We also appreciated how gracious he was to join us afterwards for the book signing, where many people had the opportunity to interact with him. Overall, great experience.”
Cisco Systems
“It was an extraordinary event and Dr Goleman gave a wonderful, insightful presentation. It was very well received by our participants.”
“Dynamic, warm and clear. He is captivating in his ability to bring life to scientific findings.”
University of Wisconsin
“Not only was Dan Goleman's presentation energizing and thought-provoking, as evidenced by the audience reaction, he was also a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with.”
American Management Association
“Daniel Goleman's informative and interesting presentation was very well received by our employees. His expansive knowledge in the EI and SI areas backed up by his research, humor and storytelling made for an excellent presentation. The feedback from employees was very positive and connections for both work and home applications were often cited.”
MITRE Bedford
“This year's conference was an overwhelming success, due in part to the knowledge and experience in workplace learning that you shared with us.”
American Society for Training and Development
“Thank you for a very successful speaking engagement. With over 300 human resources professionals and CEOs in attendance, the feedback afterwards was unanimous in their praise for you on your topic of Emotional Intelligence, and the manner in which it was delivered.”
Human Resource Assoc. of the National Capital Area
“...The 21st Annual National Wellness Conference was a tremendous success., hosting 1,569 participants, representing each of the 50 states and seven foreign countries!...The energy, wisdom, and spirit is at the heart of a full week of learning, growth, and enrichment.”
National Wellness Institute
“...We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for your magnificent presentation at the recent National Achievers Congress held in Manila, Singapore and Malaysia...The participants were captivated by your lively, entertaining and motivating session and from their reaction and the evaluation form feedback, you have certainly won the respect and admiration of all of them.”
Success Resources PTE Ltd., Singapore
“We thank you for your excellent presentation at CLMA's 20th annual conference in Toronto. The positive comments from our members have been very gratifying to us; we are proud to have delivered another outstanding educational program. Your contribution played a large part in our success, and we are very grateful.”
CLMA: Leadership in Clinical Systems Management
“Not only are you one of the most outstanding and gifted writers and journalists we have, but you also have a way of communicating complex scientific concepts to a lay audience in a most understandable way. Your immense knowledge, lively and enthusiastic presentation, and genuine interest in your audience are just a few of the special qualities you have that have made you a national treasure. As I'm sure you could tell when you spoke to our group, everyone was enthralled with your talk and walked away with a greater sense of awareness and a desire to learn more.”
92nd Street Y
“Daniel Goleman did a terrific job for us yesterday and we are delighted we brought him in. He was even better than 5 years ago at the GMAC event which was also a success. The audience response was very good and the Q & A could have gone on forever. Although my praise is natural since I agree with most of Daniel's message and have been practicing accordingly for 20 years, it is also representative of the audience of 400. A real hit and a very valuable and timely message for Hong Kong!”
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
“Daniel Goleman was Fantastic! We had a record turnout of any speaker thus far in our history, including more than 50% from outside the OHS community - a major goal of the series. He was lovely to chat with and learn from.”
Oak Hill School
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