Introspection and Mindfulness for Technologists

Authors: Doru Catana, Jason Alba, Stephen Haunts, Alice Meredith, Shreya Shah, Jason Edleman, Fran Gilbane, Rich Gilbane

Love it or hate it, working in an office environment usually means interacting with many different personalities. Understanding different personality types and being able to... Read more

Understanding Emotional Intelligence

Learn what emotional intelligence is and how it can be leveraged in the workplace.


Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

by Jason Edleman

Oct 19, 2015 / 2h 8m

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Do you struggle with controlling your emotions? Do you feel like maybe you are not performing at your absolute best? Emotional Intelligence can help! By understanding how your brain processes your emotions and leveraging the competencies of EI, you will be able to increase your EQ (emotional quotient). Take a journey through the inner workings of the brain; you will learn how to become self-aware, manage your emotions, understand other peoples' emotional states, and how to build stronger relationships.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction & Overview
    7m 19s
  2. The Brain and Emotions
    20m 15s
  3. Self-awareness
    28m 32s
  4. Self Management
    26m 37s
  5. Social Awareness
    20m 39s
  6. Relationship Management
    24m 47s

Understanding Your Strengths

Learn more about your strengths, personality, and how employers use them.


Cultivate Your Personal Strengths Using Gallup Tools

by Alice Meredith

Mar 16, 2017 / 1h 36m

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Everyday you interact and work with people who have a wide variety of personality strengths. In this course, Cultivate Your Professional Strengths Using Gallup's Research, you'll learn about the way your personality strengths and weaknesses constantly come into your daily interactions. First, you will learn about the way individuals and companies rely on Clifton's Gallup studies around human strengths to reach their highest potential. Next, you will look at how the studies prove that the keystone of high achievements in individuals, teams, and organizations is found in exercising and developing strengths rather than continually working to improve areas of weakness. Finally, you will learn about how these concepts are proven to build stronger teams, more united organizations, and a more successful and satisfying life for each individual who embraces these teachings. By the end of this course, you will have learned how to rely on your strengths to better work and interact with others.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 49s
  2. Strength Based Psychology
    11m 14s
  3. Gallup's Study of Human Strengths
    3m 42s
  4. Identify Your Dominant Strengths
    4m 19s
  5. Understanding Your Strengths
    47m 44s
  6. Maximize Your Strengths, Navigate Around Your Weaknesses
    14m 10s
  7. Achieve By Living, Working, and Playing Through Your Strengths
    13m 9s

Working and Communicating with Different Personalities

by Jason Alba

Nov 23, 2015 / 1h 40m

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In this course, we use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment to help us understand, work with, and influence others. In the first module, we introduce personality assessments and the MBTI and set the foundation for the rest of the course. In the second module, we break down the MBTI results so you can understand the results beyond what looks like just a bunch of mixed-up letters. In the third module, we go into an exercise to help you really understand specific results and apply this knowledge to people you work with, to help you know how to influence and work with them. In the fourth module, we take this information and apply it to YOU. This course is all about helping you be more effective in your communication with, and understanding of, other people.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction to the MBTI Assessment
    29m 6s
  2. Breaking Down the 16 MBTI Results
    28m 55s
  3. Working with People Who Have Specific Personality Types
    17m 43s
  4. Using Your Assessment Results for Personal Success
    24m 24s

Knowing Yourself and Others Through the Big Five Personality Traits

by Shreya Shah

May 25, 2017 / 1h 18m

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Knowing how to understand and analyze your own personality and of those around you will greatly help to lead a happy life and aim for career growth. That's where the big five personality traits help. The Big Five personality traits have been developed after decades of assessing and analyzing human behavior to break it down to the simplest and most logical form. Unlike other personality assessments, the Big Five do not need an arcane test and can be intuitively applied. In this course, Knowing Yourself and Others Through the Big Five Personality Traits, you'll learn how to get to know yourself and others through the big five personality traits. First, you'll discover the Big Five OCEAN traits and their facets. Next, you'll explore the traits that DO help in the workplace and those that DON'T. Finally, you'll learn a categorization of people into 32 types based on a simple yes-no classification along each trait and analyze of a few of the most interesting of those 32 personality types. By the end of this course, you'll understand how to use the knowledge of the Big Five personality traits to understand those around you, maybe even more importantly, to understand yourself.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 6s
  2. Classifying and Categorizing Human Personalities Using the Big Five Traits
    22m 59s
  3. Analyzing Yourself Using the Big Five Traits
    21m 37s
  4. Applying the Big Five Traits to Interactions with Others
    31m 31s

Personality Tests: How Employers Use Them

by Doru Catana

Jun 2, 2017 / 1h 16m

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Have you ever asked yourself, what's the purpose of personality tests? Why do employers use them? What real value do they have? If so, this course, Personality Tests: How Employers Use Them, answers all of those questions. First, you'll learn about the fundamentals of personality testing and take a closer look at the industry as a whole. Next, you'll discover some of the most popular tests, such as Myers-Briggs, DISC, Big Five, 16PF, StrengthsFinder, and MMPI. You'll see their strengths, their weaknesses, and also the scenarios in which they are used. The course doesn't stop at theory and concepts. Finally, you'll develop an understanding for personality models, which provide you with several resources where you can take the tests, and self-assess your personality and those of your team. This will allow you to better understand each other, boost team synergy, and if nothing else, they will be a great conversation starter. After completing this course, you'll have a great overall image of personality tests, how they work, the different models used, test specifics, and self-awareness and understanding of your strengths that will allow you to perform better.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 29s
  2. Course Overview
    5m 20s
  3. Understanding Personality Tests and the Rationale Behind Them
    12m 22s
  4. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
    10m 36s
  5. The DISC Behavior Assessment Tool
    6m 14s
  6. The Big Five Personality Traits
    9m 11s
  7. Eysenck’s Three Dimensions of Personality
    4m 25s
  8. The 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire
    10m 32s
  9. StrengthsFinder
    7m 49s
  10. Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
    4m 47s
  11. Course Summary and Key Takeaways
    3m 37s

Understanding Office Environments

Learn more about company cultures and how to resolve conflict in the workplace.


Dealing with a New Company Culture

by Doru Catana

Nov 30, 2017 / 1h 8m

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While technical and job specific skills are a must to the success of any professional, dealing with your company culture is an integral path to your career. You can’t ignore it and expect rapid ascension through the ranks or a healthy work environment. In this course, Dealing with a New Company Culture, you'll learn how to effectively deal with things like communication and team dynamics plus much more. First, you'll explore how to raise trust and mutual understanding levels. Next, you'll discover what links the social side of things to the technical one, helping you see how culture, performance, and technology fit in the big picture. Finally, you'll learn why misalignment between mission and technology leads to poor results, how to identify KPIs to not only deliver great work but make sure it’s being tracked correctly. By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills that ultimately allow you to navigate through projects and goals frictionless, and not only get things done, but have a sense of personal accomplishment because what you get done has purpose and meaning.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    2m 10s
  2. Understanding Company Culture
    6m 37s
  3. Organizational Culture Models and Practices
    17m 27s
  4. Effective Communication and Team Dynamics
  5. Performance Tracking Inside the Company Culture
    17m 31s
  6. Adapting to New Technology
    6m 34s
  7. Key Takeaways
    9m 15s

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

by Stephen Haunts

Sep 9, 2015 / 1h 41m

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The aim of this course is for you to be able to identify and deal with conflict before a crisis occurs. This course is suitable for anyone that works in a team environment, whether you are a manager or not. The course has five main objectives: to identify the different stages of conflict and describe what happens at each stage, to explore your own relationship with conflict and how it can affect performance, to learn how to stop conflict from escalating and move both parties to agreement, to determine your natural style for dealing with conflict, and to understand the process for using negotiation and/or mediation for resolving conflict.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction
    4m 2s
  2. What Is Conflict?
    10m 53s
  3. Feeling and Needs
    13m 45s
  4. Conflict Resolution Styles and Behaviours
    41m 14s
  5. Negotiation and Mediation
    21m 32s
  6. Course Summary
    9m 55s

Management Course: Difficult Conversations and Friendlier Workplaces

by Fran Gilbane, Rich Gilbane

Jul 15, 2016 / 6h 5m

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This course will enable you, as a manager, to have those difficult conversations with employees about sensitive topics in an appropriate and effective manner, thus reducing unnecessary business costs. This course, Management Course: Difficult Conversations and Friendlier Workplace, contains an examination of management styles which will enable you to appreciate more clearly not only how you currently manage your employees but also why it might not always be as effective as you, or the business, would like. This is supported by a detailed look at employee engagement, from what it is to why you should bother with it and the practicalities of how to actually do it. Finally, the course will demonstrate, through a series of bad and good role plays and supporting feedback, how to actually talk appropriately to your employees about sensitive issues; issues that will potentially have a negative impact on the business' costs if mismanaged. When you've finished this course, you will be able to use your new knowledge to create a friendlier work environment, which will enable you to manage those difficult conversations more effectively and so improve working relationships with your employees. Happy and supported employees do not cost businesses as much money as unhappy and disengaged employees, thus helping to reduce unnecessary business costs.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
    1m 50s
  2. Introduction
    3m 5s
  3. Back To Basics
    17m 54s
  4. Management Styles
    51m 13s
  5. Employee Engagement - What is It?
    8m 6s
  6. Employee Engagement - Why Bother?
    37m 12s
  7. Employee Engagement - How to Do It?
    45m 10s
  8. Emotions and Motivation
    25m 46s
  9. In Work issues
    1h 25m 58s
  10. Out of Work Issues
    1h 23m 49s
  11. Course Summary
    5m 11s

What you will learn

  • How to understand emotional intelligence
  • How to understand your strengths
  • How to understand office environments


There are no prerequisites required for this path.