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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.

Mar 12, 2019

Episode #31: Worst Case Scenario


There is an old saying…  It’s not what happens, it’s what happens next.  The motivation to face worst case possibilities comes from an emotional connection to the Vision of a desired result that is stronger than our fear.  These situations require our emotional labor.  This is how we reconnect with our authentic selves while developing our emotional intelligence.


Becoming confident in our ability to handle potential worst case scenarios deduces stress and this enables us to lower our walls.  Learning to stay focused during worst case conditions is the type of emotional intelligence that produces better results.  In conflict situations, when our walls go up and we lose focus and we burn trust or in extreme situations people die.


Staying calm is the true test of our effectiveness at handling challenges.  By lowing our walls, blood continues to flow to the neocortex part of the brain and we are able to explore potentially creative and innovative solutions to a problem.   However, when we raise our walls the neocortex shuts down triggering an automatic fight, flight or freeze response.


The anxiety we feel when we step outside of our comfort zone comes from practicing failure in advance.  Anxiety often stops us from moving forward toward our desired results.  The development of our emotional intelligence is essential for us to be able to manage our amygdales’ fear response.  It is the essential tool we need to explore potential worst case scenarios on the way to achieving our desired results.


Worst Case Global Scenarios


Climate Change; Clean Water; Population Growth; Human Rights; Economic Inequality; Education; Regional Conflicts


Our special guest is David Bakstran (  David is a Mentor and Coach at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts USA.



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