Category Archives: Strengths

Heart King

My mantra so far this year has been Heart King. This means that I am ruling my life from my heart primarily. This is an interesting proposition, considering I work in corporate America, which is very much the province of the mind. Here the heart is looked upon with suspicion. And yet, this is my […]

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The MBTI, DiSC, StrengthsFinder, Firo-B and Second Intelligence Smarts

I use lots of different assessments with teams. Four that I use frequently are MBTI, DiSC, StrengthsFinder and Firo-B. If you’re wondering, out of those, the MBTI is my favorite, StrengthsFinder my second favorite. Why? That’s the story for another day. What I’m most interested here is what they give people. These assessments give people […]

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Which Intelligence is More Important, the First or Second? (Costa Rica Tales)

I traveled recently in Costa Rica, trying to navigate public transit and shopping for food in a Spanish speaking country. I last studied Spanish over a decade ago. So this was a chance to try out both intelligences. The Persian poet Rumi says the first intelligence is, “one acquired, as a child in school memorizes […]

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Rumi and the Second Intelligence

Rumi and the Second Intelligence, that sounds like an 80s band doesn’t it? I spent the last month focusing on what the poet Rumi calls the ‘second knowing’. I’m familiar all my life with the first intelligence – the one that gathers and acquires, the IQ workout. But “this other intelligence” is one that I […]

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Rumi and the First Intelligence

The Persian poet Rumi has a poem called Two Kinds of Intelligence that you may have noticed the last post. He says we have two kinds of intelligences. Both are valuable, both are necessary to live in the world. Let’s look at the first intelligence today. This is the “one acquired, as a child in […]

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Nature or Nurture? How Tom Petty Developed His Strengths

How does strength begin? In the documentary Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream, Tom Petty helps us see how his strengths developed. He talked about being inspired by 50s rock and roll as a kid, and about meeting Elvis (his Uncle was working on the film Follow That Dream). And he talked […]

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Tom Petty Helps You Identify Your Strengths

“It’s just something I was born with, mostly. A lot of areas that are hard for somebody else are really quite simple for me. I don’t know why that is. Maybe because my mother read a lot of me when I was a young guy. When I was two and three years old, she read […]

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Guitarist Wendy Melvoin Asks ‘Would Prince Like That?’

At Prince’s memorial service Wendy Melvoin, who played guitar in Prince’s 80s band The Revolution, said, “He had an ability to make you want to be your best self. Every note I’ve played since then, I’ve thought, ‘Would he like that?’ The best leaders and the best teachers have that capacity. They draw out of […]

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Albert Einstein Asks If a Fish Can Climb a Tree

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein If Albert Einstein tells me that I’m a genius, that you’re a genius too, I’m going to believe it! But the critic in each of […]

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What Are the Most Popular Jazz Songs?

I talked in my last post about the most popular keys for music (G, then C). It’s no accident that these are two of the simplest keys to play in on both piano and guitar. People often seek out what’s simplest to love. Look at big budget movies – there are very few arcane subtleties […]

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