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After leaving school it is EQ, not IQ that is the most critical factor in our success. The World Economic Forum has declared that emotional intelligence will be one of the Top-10 most required career skills by 2020.

Oct 8, 2018

Episode #20: Career Advancement


Behaving like an employee instead of a freelancer of your talents is a career killer.  Employees often start giving away their power as they walk through their company’s front door.  In our rapidly expanding global economy emotional labor is now worth far more than the intellectual labor pursuits of the industrial and information ages.


Our educational system should be teaching us about authentic leadership and emotional intelligence.  These capabilities are essential for us to be able to successfully address the global challenges we face.  We need to add authenticity and emotional intelligence to our toolbox of habits, skills and behaviors.


Until recently there has been little awareness of the need for authenticity and emotional intelligence.   As a result we see a much broader gap in these abilities among individuals and organizations.  Being able to answer the following questions may hasten your prospects for career advancement.



  • How will success in this role help you to achieve what you want?
  • What can you teach us?
  • How good are you at accepting help from others?
  • How good are you at asking for help?
  • What bothers you most about other people?
  • How do you handle days when everything goes wrong?
  • How do your actions inspire others?
  • What are a few of your key strengths?


After we leave school EQ, not IQ is the most critical factor in our success.  In its report The Future of Jobs & Skills, the World Economic Forum declared that emotional intelligence will be one of the Top-10 most required skills by 2020.






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