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Cindy Wigglesworth is the author of SQ21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence, a recognized expert in the field of Spiritual Intelligence, and an experienced leadership coach and corporate consultant. Her SQ21 spiritual intelligence self-assessment is a diversity-appropriate and skills-based way of discussing powerful human motivators and success factors. After working for 20 years in a Fortune 50 company in Human Resources she formed her own company in 2000 and created her multiple intelligence approach to leadership developing. Using a combination of four intelligences (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) she coaches senior executives to overcome barriers to their own career success and helps them lead their organizations to greatness.

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Good Human Beings and the Right Temporoparietal Junction

(23) Comments | Posted May 18, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

When we watch a short video like Rebecca Saxe's TEDTalk we may be left confused. What does this mean for us in terms of morality?

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Empathy Precedes Compassion

(16) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 8:18 AM

There are lots of reasons we might not want to have empathy or "feel with" another person. Here are a few I have heard myself thinking. Do you think anything like this?

  • This person deserves his hard times -- he has been acting like a jerk! Why should I engage...
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A Spiritual Intelligence Goal for the New Year

(5) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 8:00 AM

"Spirit," by whatever name, is not measurable. But skills like spiritual intelligence (SQ) skills can be measured. And measurement is useful -- it points to where we can grow and improve.

My belief in the value of measuring SQ was confirmed when I recently heard from a woman named Jane...

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What Is Love?

(3) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 1:00 AM

"Love your neighbor as you love yourself." Sounds good. But am I really supposed to love him? You don't mean her, do you?

This is how my spiritual journey began. I was seeking practical steps to achieve what seemed like a very idealistic goal: living from love. Raised Roman Catholic,...

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We Survived Hurricane Sandy. Now What?

(15) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 12:10 AM

I live on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have lived through a lot of hurricanes and tropical storms. Yet last month, I flew into New York City for a hurricane. Why? Following my recent book launch, I had a lot of important media events, including a potentially game-changing TEDx talk,...

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Higher Self: 6 Ways to Help You Hear It

(17) Comments | Posted October 21, 2012 | 12:43 PM

If the essence of SQ is, as I believe, shifting from ego to Higher Self, then it's pretty important to find that nobler inner voice. There are many synonyms for Higher Self: Inner Wisdom, Spirit Self, Soul, Essence, Eternal Self, Authentic Self, Atman, Buddha nature, the Divine within, the Tao...

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Ego, Part 2: The False Self?

(37) Comments | Posted September 30, 2012 | 12:12 PM

Ego is sometimes characterized as the "false self." Some spiritual teachers advocate destroying the ego. I do not. If we love it, it can grow up and be helpful.

In psychology, the term for the image we project to others is "the persona." We all need to have an...

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Ego, Part 1: Ego Is Like a Hyperactive Robot

(8) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 9:00 PM

When you are driving along the road, do you sometimes engage in a conversation with yourself? I do. I wish I could run a tape recorder on my brain.

My internal arguments would be a bit embarrassing to replay -- but they are part of being human. Watching my...

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Who Is Driving Your Life?

(9) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 1:10 PM

Would you like to see less drama in your home, your workplace, or your relationships? When asked this question, no one says, "Stop! I love the rollercoaster of people's stuff. Give me more drama!" Most people just roll their eyes and say, "Oh my goodness, yes! I am so tired...

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Spiritual Intelligence: Living as Your Higher Self

(36) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 8:55 AM

Who are your spiritual heroes -- those people you would think of as exemplary human beings? And what characteristics do you admire in them? When I ask people these questions, they cite similar characteristics time and again. We tend to admire people who have high integrity and are courageous, loving,...

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