EQ4U UPDATE – MAY 2022

EQ4U UPDATE – MAY 2022

Sobering reflections on the global effect of the chillingly shocking and infinite stupidity demonstrated by Putin’s leadership of Russia’s war in Ukraine are encompassed in this month’s quotes:  

Two things are infinite: the universe and man’s stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.’

‘Three great forces rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed.’

EINSTEIN

Both quotes are listed in EQ4U ‘Philosophy’ section.

*GRAMMAR/COMMUNICATION NOTES

That vs. Who

This month’s grammar notes from Kathy’s book, pages 44 & 45, referencing that who is correct when referring to people. Examples as follows where that should be replaced by who.

  • “I’m sorry there’s at least one of my colleagues that who can’t take a joke.”
  • “You have a friend that’s who’s got your back.”

Please continue to let me know if you have any grammar or communication notes that you would like me to include or if you have any comments.

*Grammar notes are dedicated to the memory of ‘Ruthless Editor’ Kathy Watson.  Kathy’s book: ‘Grammar for people who hate rules’ is a helpful reference source. Link to book: https://amzn.to/2AaV5bE

Warmest & best wishes,

Jan

EQ4U UPDATE – APRIL 2022

This month’s quotes denote excoriation of the unthinkable leadership behaviour of Vladimir Putin and the ongoing war in Ukraine. The first relating to denial of intentions and actions, applicable not only to Putin but also to others who deny the evidence of their behaviour. The second a reflection on the internecine factor of the war in Ukraine:

‘You can’t talk yourself out of what you’ve behaved yourself into.’
STEPHEN COVEY
 
‘We will not submit to injustice – not merely because it is destroying us, but because it is destroying you as well.’
MAHATMA GHANDI
 

Both quotes are listed in EQ4U Quotations section, the first under ‘Character’ and the second under ‘Military’.
 
 
GRAMMAR/COMMUNICATION NOTES
 
Three words applicable to the Putin style of leadership:
 
Egregious – outstandingly bad / shocking/ obviously wrong beyond any
reasonable degree
Pernicious – wicked or malicious/ causing grave harm
Bellicose –    eager to fight
 
Please continue to let me know if you have any grammar or communication notes that you would like me to include or if you have any comments.
 
Warmest & best wishes

EQ4U UPDATE – MARCH 2022

EQ4U UPDATE – MARCH 2022

The quotes for March relate to an article advocating that ‘tough times call for true leaders’, ref CIPD, Work-Winter 2021, p11. GRAMMAR/COMMUNICATION NOTES below reflect the theme of potentially associated delusional and negative leadership traits. Justifiable excoriation of leaders to whom these attitudes and behaviours apply!

‘Leadership is an opportunity to serve, not a demonstration of self-importance.’

‘Many suffer from cognitive dissonance, believing themselves to be great leaders, when in fact they have led too many people into disaster.’

MANFRED KETS DE VRIES

GRAMMAR/COMMUNICATION NOTES

Leaders’ cognitive dissonance also describes the Dunning-Kruger effect named after Cornell University psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger’s 1999 research paper. The Dunning-Kruger effect occurs when leaders have limited personal awareness, and in particular hold a disproportionate view of their own importance and ability. Charles Darwin’s observations: ‘Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge’, and ‘Those with limited knowledge in a domain suffer a dual burden: Not only do they reach mistaken conclusions and make regrettable errors, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it’, are also indicative of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

WORD NOTES

Sophism /sophist Using clever but fake /seemingly plausible, though actually invalid, and misleading argument

Verisimilitude Having the appearance or semblance of truth or reality

Perissology Using a superfluity of words

Please continue to let me know if you have any grammar or communication notes that you would like me to include or if you have any comments.

Warmest & best wishes,

Jan

EQ4U UPDATE – FEBRUARY 2022


A poem quote for February which resonates with last month’s reference to climate change and the COP26 Summit:


‘We have no claim to the stars, nor the sad-faced moon of night, nor the golden cloud that immerses itself in celestial light. We only have a right to exist on earth in its vast devastation, and it’s only man’s strife that destroys the glory of creation.’

HEDD WYNN


The above is included in:
POEMS – EQ4U
 
 
GRAMMAR/COMMUNICATION NOTES
 
Another ‘word note’ reference this month. Firstly, two words that are similar in sound and spelling but have different but associated meanings, plus a word that also possibly applies to those who are bloviators, or even those who take a circumbendibus approach? (Ref last month’s words)
 
Perspicacious (adj) perspicacity (verb) – acutely perceptive or discerning/quickly gaining insight into things
Perspicuous (adj) perspicuity (noun) – expressing or writing things clearly /lucidly/in a way that’s easily understood  
Ultracrepidate (verb) ultracrepidarian (noun) – to express an opinion without knowledge or authority, especially to criticize beyond one’s sphere of knowledge.

 
Warmest & best wishes,
 
Jan Childs
EQ4U Ltd
jan.childs@eq4u.co.uk   EQ4U Website

EQ4U UPDATE – DECEMBER 2021

December’s quote is a meaningful reflection for all time and seasons:  

‘I expect to pass through his world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.’

STEPHEN GRELLET

The above is included in:

WELL-BEING – EQ4U

*GRAMMAR/COMMUNICATION NOTES

A ‘word note’ reference this month, little used words that you may find interesting?

Bloviator – someone who loves the sound of their own voice

Circumbendibus – word or actions that go round and round without getting to the point

Grammar watcher Ann A got in touch with the following peeve:  ‘Just waiting on sofa delivery...’ This was a text message which I received this week explaining absence. ‘On the weekend’ is a very common expression in my parts too. 

A check of grammar rules suggests that ‘On the weekend’ is a general term in the US, while in UK, the norm is ‘At the weekend’. ‘On the weekend’ is, therefore, an American English (AmE) term being increasingly used in the UK. ‘Just waiting on sofa delivery …’ just sounds odd, perhaps the creeping use of another Americanism? ‘Just waiting for sofa delivery’ is standard English.  

*Grammar notes are dedicated to the memory of ‘Ruthless Editor’ Kathy Watson.  Kathy’s book: ‘Grammar for people who hate rules’ is a helpful reference source. Link to book: https://amzn.to/2AaV5bE

Please continue to let me know if you have any grammar or communication peeves that you would like me to include or if you have any comments.



Warmest & best wishes,

EQ4U UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2021

Engaging in an emotionally intelligent way by communicating with mindful language and expression is fundamental to EQ leadership and can have a critical impact on the quality of relationships that we have with others. November’s quote is a contemplative reminder of emotional impact:

People will forget what you said and will forget what you did but will never forget how you made them feel.’

MAYA ANGELOU 

The above is included in:

*GRAMMAR/COMMUNICATION NOTES

Continuous vs. continual

An extract from Kathy’s book clarifying word meaning differences that are often misused:

Continuous refers to something that goes on nonstop, without interruption. Continual implies repetition with intervals or breaks in the action.

*Grammar notes are dedicated to the memory of ‘Ruthless Editor’ Kathy Watson.  Kathy’s book: ‘Grammar for people who hate rules’ is a helpful reference source. Link to book: https://amzn.to/2AaV5bE

Please continue to let me know if you have any grammar or communication peeves that you would like me to include or if you have any comments.