Recruiting top talent & how to take emotions out of a situation


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Are hard skills or soft skills more important to be an effective leader?

Companies looking for employees with strong leadership skills often find candidates have the required hard skills, yet lack the essential soft skills. Effective leadership requires both and while hard skills such as economic analysis and strategic planning can be taught, soft skills such as communications and team building are "not so much taught as cultivated," writes Naz Beheshti. Many of the interpersonal skills that are crucial for success as a leader come under the umbrella of emotiona...
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Boost your emotional intelligence with these 3 questions

A high level of emotional intelligence is a strong indicator of success in business and in life. Although it's often referred to as EQ, you can't measure emotional intelligence as a single number the way you can with IQ. There are several components to emotional intelligence and each of them involves a number of individual skills that you can develop. Here, psychologist Daniel Goleman—who popularized the concept of emotional intelligence—and leadership development coach Michele Nevarez share how...
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7 ways to show emotional intelligence in a job interview

Emotional intelligence is becoming increasingly important in the workplace—and it's a vital ingredient for success as a leader. Unlike technical skills and cognitive ability, how skilled you areat understanding and managing your own emotions—as well as those of people around you—can be difficult to measure. So while intellectual intelligence can be tested and given a score known as your intelligence quotient or IQ, you can't sum up your emotional intelligence in a single number despite the term ...
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The right way to respond to negative feedback

We all need feedback to help us improve our performance, yet accepting constructive criticism can be a challenge even for the most self-aware business leaders. Negative feedback can make us defensive, angry and self-conscious, which impairs our ability to process it and act on it effectively, writes organizational psychologist and executive coach Tasha Eurich. Whether you're dealing with negative feedback from superiors, employees, or peers you need to know how to "intentionally mine it for insi...
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13 signs of high emotional intelligence

To be successful in life we all need to develop the necessary emotional intelligence to better understand, negotiate with, and work cooperatively with other people. Being emotionally intelligent means being aware of how emotions can drive your behavior and impact other people, learning how to manage your own emotions, and helping other people to manage theirs. To help you gauge how well you manage yourself and your relationships, and identify key areas for improveme...
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The best business book you’ll read all year will be a novel

Some of the world's most successful people—Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk, for example—are avid readers and they attribute much of their success to their reading habits. With hundreds of thousands of books available, deciding which ones to read isn't easy. And it's not just business books and other non-fiction titles you'll want to choose from. Here psychologist Art Markman explores how reading novels can help to boost your emotional intelligence and give you a chance ...
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Find the coaching in criticism

Most of us find it hard to take criticism, as our natural tendency to feel offended and react emotionally often overrides our need to learn and grow. While your manager can learn the skills required for giving effective feedback, you also need to learn how to receive it. Because no matter how good someone is at giving feedback, how you react to it is up to you. Here Sheila Heen and Douglas Stone explore the emotional triggers and how to manage them better so you can accept feedback, seek coachin...
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Why focus is a foundational skill for emotional & social intelligence

Thanks to advances in technology, we have a plethora of digital tools for automating tasks, making collaboration easier, and improving efficiency. Yet the same technology that makes our jobs easier in many ways can also have a negative impact on our productivity and performance at work. You may not even realize how distracted you are. Yet each distraction shifts your attention from one thing to another and back again, depleting your mental energy and ability to focus. Here Ann Flanagan Petr...
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EQ can make you wealthy and successful, according to science-here's how to build yours

While knowledge, skills and effort are all important factors, success in business, in your career and in life, depends far more on building strong interpersonal relationships. And a high level of emotional intelligence (EQ) goes hand-in-hand with the ability to build strong relationships. Being able to recognize and manage your own emotional responses and motivation helps you to better understand other people's emotional state and reactions. It also allows you to examine business situations and ...
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