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Social Intelligence: The New Science of Success by Karl Albrecht

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Chapter 2. "S" STANDS FOR SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

[About a particularly argumentative river boat pilot he worked under] "He did his arguing with heat ... and I did mine with the reserve and moderation of a subordinate who does not like to be flung out of a pilothouse that is perched forty feet above the water."

Mark Twain

THE "S" Factor in the S.P.A.C.E. model represents your Situational Awareness, a.k.a. your situational "radar." Are you able to understand and empathize with people in different situations? Can you sense their feelings and possible intentions? How well do you "read" situations based on a practical knowledge of human nature? Situational Awareness includes a knowledge of the cultural "holograms"—the unspoken background patterns, paradigms, ...

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