Without EQ, it’s likely that you will be your firm’s best-kept secret

Without EQ, it’s likely that you will be your firm’s best-kept secret

Without Eq, It’s Likely That You Will Be Your Firm’s Best-Kept SecretListen to the story


Let your senses guide you, embrace self-awareness/adaptability, collaboration/collegiality and empathy, in other words, use your emotional intelligence (EQ) as the key to success in your working life. These are the advice in Harvard Business Review by James Runde, the author of the book UNEQUALED, with 40 years of experience from Morgan Stanley. He writes:

“Without EQ, it’s likely that you will be your firm’s “best-kept secret” — not recognized, not appreciated, not promoted and often, not properly compensated. Developing EQ is just as pertinent for the recent graduate who is starting out, as it is for the seasoned veteran.”

EQ is the ability to monitor your own and other people’s emotions. Then let this information guide your thinking and behaviour. An ability that is even more important in the 21st Century working life that rapidly getting more and more complex, and where AI takes over especially work that does not require EQ.

To hire people with high emotional intelligence

Annie McKee, a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, introduced in Harvard Business Review a method to hire people with high emotional intelligence. Firstly, forget personality tests they only measure exactly what they say they do, namely personality. Secondly, self-reporting tests will neither tell you anything about emotional intelligence.

Annie McKee’s solution instead is to get references and actually talk to them and also interview the jobseeker from the prerequisites of emotional intelligence.

The basics of the method for the interview are to create a comfortable environment where simple questions come first, then behavioural with an increasingly more difficult level. The outcome of getting a leader with high emotional intelligence could be revolutionary for your organisation. Read the full article by Annie McKee here. Source: Harvard Business Review

EQ keeps you ahead of AI

Research published in Nature from Aahus University shows that Artificial Intelligence is slow to solve problems in comparison with humans. Both because it comes up with too many solutions and also trying to make the solution too perfect. Humans have with this in mind a benefit to outperform computers when it comes to speed and efficiency in problem-solving e.g. in games, namely, by using intuition, EQ.

Jacob Friis Sherson, a physicist and a member of the research team comment:

“The big surprise we had was that some of the players actually had solutions that were of high quality and of shorter duration than any computer algorithms could find.”

The research result is based on 12 000 plays and the goal is to build a quantum computer that are using a more human-like method for problem-solving. Source: ScienceAtHome development headquarters at Aarhus University

Written by
LarsGoran Bostrom©

Author of the book Learning Design in Practice for Everybody and developer of Storyteller for Business and SOE PublishingLab

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