emotional intelligence, what we know, book, Toby Elwin, blog

Recap: Emotional Intelligence

Social intelligence, social competence, emotional competence, interpersonal intelligence, intrapersonal intelligence, emotional adaptiveness, emotional quotient, emotional intelligence, EQ, and EI. There are many schools and many thoughts about what is and is not emotional intelligence.  And just as many tools that attempt to measure, monitor, and predict the impact of emotional intelligence. For me, Emotional Intelligence boils down to: the way I motivate myself, the way I motivate others, and focusing my intentions to result in correct consequences If being smart or a high IQ was all that mattered than only those with the highest IQ would ascend to the C-level or highest public-sector positions.  Every valedictorian would be successful. There is something more to knowledge.  Something more than being a valedictorian to get along and to succeed.  This something includes self-awareness and relationship awareness.  Below are a series of blogs I’ve …

emotional intelligence, matrix, Toby Elwin, blog

Hiring the right person is more emotional than rational

You have to assume every person you interview has the technical skill to do the job. Once past the traditional human resources gate-keeper by the time you meet a candidate they have the skills. When assessing a potential hire, technical skill should not bias your decision, but compliment decisions on how the hire wire integrate to your need, how they will fit in within a team, and how they meet your organization’s culture requirements. Technical Skill Still If technical skill was the key indicator of future success wouldn’t your hires all work out?  Hiring is more emotional than rational. When you interview what do you rely on to understand if the candidate can successfully integrate into your culture?  If technical skill or industry experience are all it takes to succeed than highly-selective firms, such as Booz Allen Hamilton, (now Strategy&) and Deloitte Consulting would …

emotional intelligence, innovation, technical, risk, IQ, Toby Elwin, blog, Dr. Smith, bubble-headed ninny

Innovation, the technical risk to IQ

I see and read so much about offers to teach or facilitate innovation, but what is innovation? Innovation has less to do with technical skill and IQ, then relationships and systems. Innovation is risk; Innovation is dialogue; Innovation is opportunity (also known as diversity); and Innovation is failure and recovery All the above and more.  For certain, thought, innovation and creativity is not captured in a bottle. Professionals in a knowledge economy are not innovative only from the hours of nine to five. What makes someone innovative? Is it IQ and IQ’s measure of problem solving, pattern recognition, and memory? Is it technical skill acquired through study and experience? No, what separates professionals is not IQ or technical skills, but Emotional Intelligence: Studies of people in high-IQ professions requiring advanced degrees such as Ph.D.’s and M.B.A’s for entry into a field, IQ …

bugs bunny, tortoise, hare, Toby Elwin, blog

Emotion versus intelligence — the tortoise and the hare

In my Culture war post, I advocate Emotional Intelligence as a more important quality job interview criteria than a corporate or team culture fit. What Emotional Intelligence means (EI) and does not mean as well as how to discern sides in EI* vs. IQ debate means more than emotion versus intelligence. Where IQ intends to measure the ability to reason deductively or inductively. Much has come to light to say it is wrong to expect the higher someone’s measure of logical reasoning, math skills, spatial skills, understanding analogies, and verbal skills [IQ]. IQ is intended to measure intelligence as if IQ is a proxy for expected success. The alternative key to success measurement found not on in how one thinks, but in behavior and interaction with others using communication skills:  EI. EI intends to measure how you motivate yourself and others and, critically, far …