Beyond Emotional Intelligence with Michele Nevarez

Our ability to be conscious of and to direct our own thoughts and emotions forms the bedrock of our emotional intelligence and self-awareness. As we raise our awareness of our inner workings, we may discover that our mind is made up of mental habits that cause us to interpret the world around us and act accordingly. In her book, Beyond Emotional Intelligence: A Guide to Accessing Your Full Potential, author Michele Nevarez explores the influence these mental habits have over our lives and the ways we can work with them to give us more agency.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • The definition of emotional intelligence and what’s beyond it;
  • How to be wise with all of our constructions and perceptions;
  • The invisible habits of the mind;
  • Michele’s 12 Self-Discoveries;
  • How to acknowledge and work with perspectives and points of view;
  • Understanding Perception + Interpretation = Reality 
  • How we can begin to challenge, or at least examine, our thoughts habitually.

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As CEO and Chief Education Officer for Beyond EI’s Coaching and Training programs, Michele’s vision is to democratize Emotional Intelligence as a means of igniting personal and global agency. This driving force is at the core of how the programs she has designed translate EI from theory to a powerful and practical vehicle for meaningful transformation and lasting habit change. It isn’t enough to leave our insights of Emotional Intelligence at the level of theory. We must operationalize EI in a manner that we come to know first-hand what it means to embody the wisdom of EI in our own lives. Michele brings 25+ years of executive leadership experience working for industry leaders in healthcare, investment management, management consulting, and manufacturing. A founding member of Rangjung Yeshe Institute based in Kathmandu, Nepal, Michele has been studying Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practicing the wisdom at the core of its contemplative meditation practices for 29 years. Michele received her B.A. in Religion from Bryn Mawr College and Master of Science degree in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Learn more at beyondei.inc.



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits: Simple Changes with Lifelong Impact, was released summer 2021. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 160 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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