Five Emotional Intelligence Strategies to Develop Others

Master the moment with others: consciously mastering your input and output Your success or underperforming all happens in the moment. What is your response in each situation? Is it emotionally intelligent or exceptional or just average? The key is consciously mastering your input and output. What data do you get from yourself and others and […]

Five ways to enjoy more Happy Brain Chemicals this Summer

The five ‘happy brain chemicals’ and how we can release them. Avoid negative comparisons to enjoy more serotonin. Summertime tempts you to compare your body to others and focus on your shortcomings. It helps to know that social comparison is a natural mammalian impulse. Mammals avoid conflict by comparing themselves to others and deferring to more powerful […]

Neuroplasticity – and the chemical that creates the magic

As a practicing psychiatrist, I’ll talk today about one of the best findings in neuroscience: Our brains are neuroplastic! Neuroplasticity means that our brains can change, even in adulthood. So you really can teach an old dog (over 25 years old) a new trick, it’s just a bit harder than teaching a puppy (under 18). […]

Hiring for Emotional Intelligence

How you hire great professionals can make or break your organisation. Many companies are forgoing traditional hiring methods and are relying more on emotional intelligence, as opposed to where the person went to school or what grades they received. The reason is simple: when someone has emotional intelligence, they have the ability to work well […]

Emotional Intelligence Is No Soft Skill

Despite a bevy of research and best-selling books on the topic, many managers still downplay emotional intelligence as a “touchy-feely” soft skill. But evidence suggests quite the opposite: that high emotional intelligence (EI) is a stronger predictor of a success. In fact, high EI bolsters the hard skills, helping us think more creatively about how […]

The crucial importance of Emotional Intelligence in Leaders

“Working as an executive search consultant, I’ve personally led more than 500 senior appointments and been involved in many more, interviewing more than 20,000 candidates. I’ve also carefully studied various assessment approaches and their performance impact. My conclusion about emotional intelligence based on this experience? I can’t emphasize enough the crucial importance of EI-based competencies […]

Developing EQ requires practice

There is more than simply knowing about a winning strategy—the ability to execute a strategy depends on the requisite emotional competence—just having the the intellectual understanding is not enough.  And emotional competence depends on the strength of the connections in specific areas of the brain. There is a crucial difference between declarative knowledge, knowing a concept and its […]

A billion-dollar mistake

Despite the billions of dollars spent on corporate training programs globally, the effectiveness of these programs is rarely evaluated by the companies that pay for them—nor by anyone else. Estimates of the extent to which skills taught in company training programs carry over into day-to-day practice on the job are as low—and gloomy—as a mere […]