Would Google hire Yoda?

14 Oct

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Does Yoda or Homer Simpson have higher self-awareness? Who’s more motivated – Erin Brockovich or George Costanza? Today, Google is hiring people based on their “emotional intelligence” or “EQ” and also offers a free training course for their employees. I’m hearing about these concepts often in 2014 so I decided to download Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves on my iPad (to hopefully increase my EQ!).

Is it a bunch of fluffy, new world garbage? Is this another crappy Fish! philosophy or the Who Moved My Cheese? of 2014? Or is there something to this emotional intelligence? I’m inclined to side with the modern-day hippies and give this movement some recognition. 

It a nutshell, the book is a nice step-by-step on increasing your “EQ” in 4 areas:

  • Self-awareness – Who am I?
  • Self-management – What do I need to do to be who I strive to be?
  • Social awareness – How am I perceived?
  • Relationship management – What do I need to do to be perceived authentically (your true self)?

In each chapter, it’s further broken down into 15-17 strategies per area. I’m the kind of guy that wants to read a book all the way through in a half day and then refer back to it in the future. The way the book is constructed, it’s easy to return to any of the concepts. It’s certainly a business book but it carries over into all aspects of your life.

Know thyself – if you have read my blogs over the years, you understand that I am all about self discovery. Figure out who you are, what makes you great and where you want to go (see my former blog on the Hedgehog concept). I don’t know how you’ll consistently improve at work and play without taking a few personality assessments, reading a book like this and/or engaging in some self-study. It’s simply easier to understand others when you really understand yourself.

I’m a kid still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. Regardless of your age or stage in life, I think most of you are as well. I’d recommend working on your EQ and picking up this book as a great tool for your reflection and the journey going forward.

It’s time to grow faster.

~Drew Schmitz

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Twitter: @drew_schmitz

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