The Emotionally Intelligent Person

Today I add another entry to the long list of “things I wish I had written” with this excerpt on emotional intelligence by author and philosopher, Alain de Botton. I have not read the book from which this passage comes but I have read most of his other works and I will be adding thisContinue reading “The Emotionally Intelligent Person”


The higher you go, the more this is true, because the higher you go the less your job is about process and the more it is about people. The recipe for increased EQ (your emotional quotient or emotional intelligence) is a simple one, challenging but simple. It starts with self-awareness. Do you know yourself? DoContinue reading “EQ > IQ”

What is school for?

Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, put out a blog post this week called “Three Things Graduates Need to Know.” It’s his “two cents of advice…for preparing for the world of work.” His three big ideas are worth repeating here, not only under the banner of “graduation advice” but as a wayContinue reading “What is school for?”

Reading for Emotional Intelligence

There’s a lot written about successful leaders – successful people – being big-time readers. (This article from Inc. magazine provides a solid foundation for the argument.) But I think it’s important to take the conversation at least one step further in that a very particular kind of reading can lead to a significant increase in ourContinue reading “Reading for Emotional Intelligence”

Do the Work

“You can’t microwave emotional intelligence.” – Chip Conley, author of Wisdom at Work There is no “fast forward” button. There is no shortcut, no “work around,” no Cliff’s Notes. You have to do the work. And there is a hierarchy that can be learned, can even be mastered, but only over time and through experience, persistence, patienceContinue reading “Do the Work”