Emotional Intelligence – Step 3 Social Awareness (Part 1)

While self-awareness and self-management are important steps in developing Emotional Intelligence it is probably the final two steps of  social awareness and social skills that are more important for success in life. How do you work out the core emotional drives of other people? How do you develop the social skills to make others more effective? Social Awareness or empathy is commonly defined as identifying with or experiencing of the feelings of another. Typical advice to people trying to imp.....

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Is Saturday the Best Book on EQ?

One of my major criticisms of the Salovey-Meyer model is that it has too much focus is on transient emotions and too little time is spent on temperament, which is our genetic predisposition to reacting emotionally. Only about 3% of The Emotionally Intelligent Manager is spent on this topic. I have addressed this issue in a previous blog but this week I read a book that captures this difference beautifully. There was a wonderful article in The New Yorker (23 February 2009) about the English aut.....

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Watch “The Doctor” & develop Emotional Intelligence

So far I have suggested two ways of moving to Stage II of Emotional Intelligence: playing golf and reading about it.  Another way is to watch films.  In a blog discussion about what films you could watch to develop emotional intelligence, I remember someone suggesting The Doctor.  a 1991 film starring William Hurt.  The film suddenly appeared on one of cable channels and I have just watched it. The Doctor in question, Jack MacKee, is a gifted surgeon who tells his residents that that techni.....

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Developing self-control – read Lazarus Rising

As I said in my previous blog one way of improving your self control is to take up golf.  Another way is to read about people who have demonstrated self control in order to see what makes them tick. In 2010 one of the best examples of self-control was the shoe-throwing incident involving John Howard on the ABC program Q&A Howard showed remarkable control over his emotions.  Over this Christmas I read the 663 pages of Howard’s recent biography Lazarus Rising.  (The title comes from How.....

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"Put in a sales perspective, I loved your presentation! I got a lot from what you talked about and I will read your book."

Peter Morris, Executive Officer, Lomax Financial Group

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:

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