Asked on a TED string how the following correlations are different I responded with the following post;
“LT, looking at your list and the one I sent they seem to be quite similar other than yours does not give percentages.
Interpersonal relationship/adept to motivating others
Decision making/solve problems
Communicate/act with speed and agility in a changing market
Leadership/act with speed and agility in a changing market
Emphatic attunement/emotional intelligence”
“Yes, they are similar but how each characteristic is operationalized is dependent on the awareness and motives of a given manager. I will try to keep my response short but this is a complex area requiring more space and time to communicate than this platform allows. Most people including most academics in the business world who write similar articles and teach MBA’s do not have the depth of knowledge in as Chis calls it, in “human understanding” to truly have expertise in the subject. Here’s a comment from an Ivey School Grad who graduated with top honours. This is how he saw the subject matter handled in one of the best academic environments in North America. Referring to my book;
“As most of the book covers concepts with direct practical application, I think that discussion of it in academic circles will be as valuable as it will be in private and public corporate settings. When I took the Organizational Behaviour course at business school and notwithstanding that we did use the case study method, much of the subject matter covered in your book, and in particular the existence and operation of the character archetypes the book demonstrates through its stories, were not covered.”
Brent Olund P.Eng., GSC, MBA
Interpersonal Intelligence is one of the multiple intelligences proposed by a guy named Gardiner as you may know. It defines and allows all of the others qualities we have both listed to emerge, if one has cultivated it. I use Interpersonal Intelligence as the foundation of my book. Prior to writing it I did extensive reading research in leading ideas in cognitive psychology and neuroscience as well as consulting over the period of 2 years with 3 different psychologists, two of which are the founders of a leading edge therapeutic approach. They are both very accomplished and respected holding doctorates, including a Harvard degree. I say this not to impress but to show my commitment to learning about what I did not know. It was a very enlightening process albeit expensive, to gain the knowledge I needed to write credibly. This helped me provide a foundational basis to put words to my experience as a leader and to be able to better articulate these kinds of ideas.
Interpersonal Intelligence as I use the term is a state of consciousness that emerges from a healthy personality and earned secure attachment. You can look up attachment theory on the web if you don’t already know it’s meaning. In a nutshell it means your initial developmental years as a child were optimal. ie. Your parents, particularly your mother did a good job on you to prepare you for healthy relating to others in your future years. If you didn’t have a well adjusted development, and most of us did not, then changing the old brain maps of personality traits that don’t work to ones that do takes internal work. The result of that work is called earned secure attachment. Therein lies the crux of the problem with most organizational behaviour that could be referred to as dysfunctional. Most don’t think they need to do any work, consequently those who need help the most don’t get it.
I’m not going to point-counterpoint this but I’ll leave the post with a thought that applies to all of us;
I know what I know and I know what I don’t know and I’m doing the best I can to learn about what I don’t know to help me and those around me. On the other hand there are those who don’t know what they don’t know.They perpetuate dysfunction and are in need of waking up and growing up if the patterns that compel their behaviour are to be changed.
My website expounds a little further and my book which has received multiple 5 Star reviews, including one from major book reviewer Clarion, has been described as inspirational, entertaining and informative.