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Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

August 24, 2011 2 comments

         I was reading Jessica Stillman’s blog yesterday, where she posted an entry about emotional intelligence (EI).  She wrote that EI is a more important quality than IQ to managers when evaluating new hires or whom to promote.  Being of particular interest to me, as I am someone on the job hunt, I did some more reading.  She wrote in reaction to a study done by careerbuilder.com where the company polled 2,662 hiring managers, finding that:

When asked why emotional intelligence is more important than high IQ, employers said (in order of importance):

· Employees [with high EI] are more likely to stay calm under pressure
· Employees know how to resolve conflict effectively
· Employees are empathetic to their team members and react accordingly
· Employees lead by example
· Employees tend to make more thoughtful business decisions

         I think it would be easy to assume that these perceived benefits of higher EI would be desirable to any manager.  Moving on to Wikipedia to get a better understanding of what EI is gave light to various definitions or models.  What I understood as the general feeling of EI is being able to not only understand and control one’s own emotions but also to grasp those of others.  This goes as far as being able to grasp what motivates others and their intentions.  These skills are not only useful while working in teams but also when involved with clients or other stakeholders.  Also, perhaps, they allow greater understanding of implicit communication, then someone with higher EI may be able to meet demands that were unclear.

         So now the question is how to make sure that I communicate EI in my cover letters and resume.  However, how sure can I be that I have high EI?  Would someone with it need to be concerned about demonstrating it?  Maybe those thoughts have something to do with her latest post.

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August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

It has been some time since I have actively written in my own blog, and since then a constant thought in the back of my head was that I should definitely start contributing to something again routinely. I finally decided that there is no better time then the here and now and I need to start posting again to document my own thoughts and reactions, so I may reflect on in the future and share my own opinions, experiences and thoughts with others.

When I started the process of creating this new space I was stuck at the point where you chose a blog name, because I thought isn’t it all in the name. Businesses use focus groups to pick names for products or services because they are important, names can then lay the ground work for strategies or marketing campaigns, perhaps they could be the difference between striking it rich or going broke. Now I am aware of the fact my blog will not be the key to my life’s success, or some larger enterprise’s, but the name is still important. So after some consideration, made over a cup of coffee, I decided just to use my own name. If nothing else this blog will serve as a reflection of myself and all the different, and sometimes completely unrelated, interests of mine. I would not want to limit myself to posting only on one topic or idea because of a name, as I don’t limit myself here in the physical world to pursuing only one thing. Perhaps I am not creative enough to create a name that signifies some greater meaning, but I think my name will do okay.

So as a preview of things to come here are some ideas for blog posts coming in the near future: details of my experience so far here in India (with some pictures), thoughts on an article I recently read about the importance of emotional intelligence in the work place, reactions to current events, recipes I need to try, and links to various things I have found interesting around the web. Hopefully someone else will find this worth their time, but I will be happy if it is only for my own gratification as well.

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