Heart Intelligence

An online session inspiring reflective thinking in our daily lives especially in times of social distancing was held on Tuesday, 21st April 2020.

Mr. Kumar Nagalingam, CEO of Skills Academy, hosted the first session of this six-part series attended by over 70 participants including staff and students from the BAC Education Group.

The session commenced with a reflection on the significance of taking a step back to reflect on our human experiences, in order to discover our strengths and weaknesses which leads us to make better decisions in life.

This was followed by a self-assessment exercise comprising 12 statements which require attendees to rate themselves from a scale of 1 to 5 (1 – if one disagrees with the statement and 5 being wholly in agreement with it).

Here’s a list of some of the self-assessment questions:

  1. I can’t wait for this whole thing to end and to get on with life.
  2. It’s important to know on a daily basis, the latest on the COVID-19 statistics!
  3. Besides the same things that I do, I am running out of ideas as to what to do with my time!
  4. I am doing everything possible to make sure I don’t fall into depression!
  5. I know its important to stay calm and should not worry too much especially in a crisis, but its easier said than done!
  6. Its getting more and more difficult to have a conversation with a family member without ending up in an argument or conflict!
  7. I have listed down my post-COVID bucket list!
  8. I constantly have to remind myself to stay cool and composed!
Some of the questions during the self-assessment exercise.

He went on further to examine the meaning of key terms, namely, IQ, EQ and HQ. IQ is the ability to learn something new, process information and solve problems while EQ is basically emotional awareness which is represented by 5 pillars – self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills.

Mr Kumar went on further to say that “98% of human behaviour is dictated by our social conditioning and circumstances. Therein lies the inherent need for others to teach us how to be calm, creative and to be a good person!”.

“According to Prof. Lynda Gratton, by 2025, more than 5 billion people around the world will be connected with each other through handheld devices and this necessarily entails the emergence of global consciousness. Technology takes centrestage to replace mundane/routine jobs”….It is observed that in the future, there will also be a general decline in happiness due to deep thinking”, he added.

Moving on to the elements of HQ, Mr Kumar discussed some related concepts such as Innate vs. Learnt/Acquired Qualities. For example, if we are innately focused, we are then taught or learn how to compete. This constant dilemma between the innate and what is acquired occurs during the period of reformation and transformation.

The session ended with an interesting homework exercise. Attendees were encouraged to think of a red cow for one week and present their feedback in the next session!