Trek. Camp. Repeat. | Baffin Island Polar Expedition

The daily routines of our journey are starting to groove – boil water for breakfast, break camp and start trekking at 10 with 10 minute stops every hour, just enough to rehydrate and refuel with some food but not enough to get cold. Trekking stops around 3 so there’s time to set up the tent,…

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Trekked the First 8km | Baffin Island Polar Expedition

We had a spectacular first day of trekking! It was a very cold, clear day which always means that we have to be vigilant against frostbite. It really is amazing to see the cliffs and valley reveal themselves in all their splendour. The pulling surface was challenging but we are pleased with the 8 km…

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Into the Park We Go! | Baffin Island Polar Expedition

This has been the best Monday in a long time for all of us! Full sun. Wide open sky with no wind. Chilly temperature somewhere in the ballpark of minus 25 Celsius. Today we were transported by snowmobile along the frozen fiords to the entrance of the National Park. Billy, Albert, and Colin from Qik…

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We made it to Qik! | Baffin Island Polar Expedition

After 12 hours and 3 flights we are at our final destination, Qikiqtarjuaq! And… all our gear made it! We had a wonderful visit with Meeka Mike in Iqaluit. She made us fresh bannock and tea and told us stories. The flight from Pang to Qik (over the route we are travelling) was spectacular. Granite…

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Trekking the Akshayuk Pass | Baffin Island Polar Exhibition

It is very exciting to announce my first expedition since I was in Antarctica just before the pandemic shut everything down for 2 years. Baffin Island is a land of great adventure and stunning beauty, home to towering mountains, glaciers and pristine valleys. I will be leading an expedition through the challenging Akshayuk Pass in Baffin Island’s remote highlands.

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Emotional Intelligence and Resiliency Training

Resiliency is a mindset: the capacity and confidence to be able to work through negative thoughts or emotions and be able to bounce back, work around and find effective ways to cope with difficulty or challenges.

Dr. Ginsburg, a child pediatrician and a human development expert proposed 7 integral and interrelated components that make up being resilient. We think these components can extend well beyond childhood and onto teams and workplaces.

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Why is Emotional Intelligence Important in Leadership?

If I were to ask you to think of anyone – real or fictional – that you consider to be a great leader and describe 3 qualities that make that leader great, what would you say?

Over the 20+ years that Summit has been leading team building and leadership development workshops, we’ve asked this question to many teams we’ve worked with, and the answers people have provided us over the years have always been consistent.

Most of the qualities that people describe in great leadership do not fall under the technical skills or intellectual smarts categories. Great leadership qualities mostly fall under the Emotional Intelligence characteristics category.

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How Important is Well-Being Within Your Team in 2022?

The people on our teams and our organizations have experienced rapid and ongoing changes over the last few years. It is a good idea to pause and reflect from time to time to gain clarity on what the long-term health of our teams and organizations looks like.

There are different kinds of health and wellbeing to be considered. Economic, productivity, team and personal wellbeing. All of these aspects of health contribute to overall wellbeing of our organizations and systems. We have the opportunity to choose to focus on some aspects of wellbeing more than others. This this interesting article is an example of prioritizing human wellbeing. You will have to decide what type of wellbeing is most important for your organization.

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5 Components of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a tool to help our awareness of our current capacity for resilience, empathy, stress and self management. EI also informs our social interactions and how we handle conflict. Growing our EI has considerable benefits for individuals personally and it also is a significant teamwork advantage as it is a practical tool that teams can use to grow towards high performance.

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How to Improve Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Why is emotional intelligence important in the workplace?

Those with effectively functioning emotional intelligence are:

  • more likely to engage and communicate in ways that maintain and build social connection
  • able to problem solve when stress or emotions are involved
  • can regulate their thoughts and behaviours to make good decisions under a variety of stressful or emotional circumstances

These are all skills that are critically important in all our workplaces. Developing Emotional Intelligence or EI in our teams is a great way in which we can become self and team aware and develop these important soft skills that we need more than ever in our workplaces.

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