Behavior Change: The Problem Is a Solution

As of this week, it has been one year since I stopped drinking. As a person who has long been self-critical for my perceived lack of willpower, discipline, and “stick-to-it-iveness,” I...

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Mornings with Martha: A Company Is A Social Group mornings with martha

We fool ourselves into separating social/personal from work/business. But a company is just a group of people. It is personal. It's all personal. It can only be personal. This morning, Retexo...

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The Same Conversation Is the Wrong Conversation

A member of your project team—let’s call him Flash—fails to complete an important task by the agreed-upon date. You have a cordial conversation, and he explains that the supplier...

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Mornings with Martha: Empathy mornings with martha

Empathy has long been a soft skill that's overlooked as a performance indicator. Top companies across industries —think, places you might like to work — agree that empathy is the single...

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Why Do People Make Such Stupid Decisions? decision making

These are my feet. Because I know you were all just thinking, “what I’d really like right now is a photo of Greg’s feet.” Bear with me.

Specifically, this is a photo of my...

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Mornings with Martha: The Clearing mornings with martha

Retexo co-owner Martha Walker explains how very conference room, boardroom, or Zoom room is like a clearing in the woods. In our encounters both with our own species and the diverse others with...

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Untangling Our Reactions to Titan and the Other Disaster

Four days in June, 2023 will be remembered for two maritime disasters — maybe. The world was rapt in suspense when the Titan submersible disappeared on June 18 on a dive to the Titanic wreck....

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Mornings with Martha: Personality Tests mornings with martha

Personality tests, and personality psychology in general, are topics fraught with controversy. This morning, Retexo co-founder Martha Walker discusses personality tests and explains Retexo's...

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How To Find Your (Literal) Blind Spots

Did you know you have a blind spot in each eye? And that your brain hides it from you?

None of us see the world as it is, but only as we interpret it. Even what we see with our own eyes is a...

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Unless You Are an Octopus, You Have Blind Spots

Our eyes are amazing things, but it is our brains that are truly miraculous. The mind — our conscious experience — arises from our brains.1, 2 Thus understanding our brains is pretty...

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Independence Without Isolation emotional intelligence

None of us are, or should be, truly independent. Without our relationships to others, we would not be who we are. Learning to navigate the winding path between connectedness and independence is key...

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How To Be Assertive Without Being A Steamroller emotional intelligence

Healthy Assertiveness is a gift, but high and healthy are not the same thing. To be healthy, high assertiveness must be balanced by other dimensions of emotional intelligence. Without balance, you...

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How To Be Misunderstood And Have Others Assume The Worst emotional intelligence

A poker face is an asset when playing poker, but I don’t like playing poker. In real life, it is a recipe for being misunderstood. I speak from experience here. In a card game, the purpose of...

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Feeling Misunderstood? Developing Emotional Self-Awareness Could Help. emotional intelligence

If you have ever encountered someone with a shocking lack of empathy (and we all have), chances are good that they also struggle with Emotional Self-Awareness. They can’t relate to how you...

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Bored, Uninspired, and Stuck: Searching for Self-Actualization emotional intelligence

We have all felt this way at times: we’re bored. New ideas feel “meh.” We have no sense that we’re getting anywhere. What we’re looking for is Self-Actualization, and...

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Overcome Self-Doubt: How to Build Self-Regard emotional intelligence

Low Self-Regard, often a by-product of perfectionism, will make you miserable and rob the world of your gifts in the process. Let's not allow that to happen. In this series, we are exploring the...

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The EQ-i 2.0® Model of Emotional Intelligence emotional intelligence

To understand complex traits like emotional intelligence or personality, we create theoretical models. These models are useful not only in measuring abstract traits, but also in simply giving us...

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Can You Define Emotion? emotional intelligence

We know what you're thinking: TLDR. But don't give up! It's a five-minute read - a thousand words to answer a very big question that has a very big impact on every aspect of your life:

Can you...

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Mornings with Martha: Things Turn Out... mornings with martha

Need to call employees back to the office? Or maybe you're being called back yourself? Retexo co-owner Martha Walker offers a quick, positive affirmation in times of flux and turmoil at the office....

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What Is Emotional Intelligence? emotional intelligence

What is emotional intelligence and why do we care?

Retexo offers tools for personal, interpersonal, and cultural growth. The context in which we provide those tools is business and leadership, but...

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Mornings with Martha: The Importance of Positive Feedback mornings with martha

"You will never get people to perform better by making them feel worse." Retexo co-owner Martha Walker explores a different approach to the topic of "feedback," which she learned from...

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We Got Hacked

We got hacked. And while IT security is certainly not our typical blog content, I thought it worth sharing in hope that it might spare a fellow business owner the same hassle, which, depending on...

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Mornings with Martha: Avoiding the Ego Trap mornings with martha

Does your instinct to defend and protect who you are, today, thwart your ability to grow into who you need to become? Retexo co-owner Martha Walker discusses "Avoiding the Ego Trap," using an...

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Mornings with Martha: They Climb Highest mornings with martha

Leaders, supervisors, managers... Does your job description include "lifting people up"? Why would it? What's in it for you? Retexo co-owner Martha Walker reflects on a quote from business...

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