Can You Be Too Positive?

While I have been critical of The Emotionally Intelligent Manager: How To Develop And Use The Four Key Emotional Skills Of Leadership by David R. Caruso and Peter Salovey, there was one concept in the book that I found compelling: namely the usefulness of negative emotions. What was interesting was that it was completely at odds with a major theme at the seminar where I bought the book --- Positive Psychology. I would estimate that at least one-third of the seminar Emotional Intelligence in the.....

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Getting a Handle on Core Emotions

Behaviour, personality and temperament --- how do they all fit together? This question was raised by a serendipitous connection between recently reading a copy of The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves and a query raised by Joshua Freedman on the LinkedIn Emotional Intelligence Network saying it was very important to distinguish between EQ and temperament. I could not agree more and here are my comments. The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book is written in a c.....

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Marshmallows The Secret of Improving your EQ

In his seminal book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goldman maintains that the master aptitude of the emotionally intelligent person as the ability to delay self-gratification. As proof Goldman cited the marshmallow experiment carried out by Walter Mischel in the late 1960s at the Bing Nursery School on the campus of Stanford University. To those unfamiliar with the study, Mischel got 653 four-year olds (including his three daughters) to participate in a simple task. They were taken into a room .....

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Is EQ a Placebo?

Hi Chris I know you do not appear to be too partial to the Mayer-Salovey work on emotions. I would suggest that if you haven't already undertaken the individual MSCEIT and had the feedback session from a professional who is trained in it, that you may be more than surprised at the accuracy and efficacy of the work and the testing done in emotional intelligence by Mayer and Salovey. Importantly one of the things that Mayer and Salovey always reinforce is that EI is only a part of understanding .....

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Your presentation on 'Lifting your Level of Emotional Intelligence" to 10 CEOs scored an average 8.9 out of 10 for the topic and 8.5 for the presentation which is great. A couple of the attendees gave you a 10 out of 10, and the comments were:

- Great presentation. Very informative.

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