Word Of the Week #599: Potential

January 27, 2016 by  

Potentialhaving the capacity to become or develop into something in the future.

Do you want to achieve more at work? Do you know what motivates you to perform at your best? How about the people you work with and live with?

This week we follow up on Jennifer Davies article in the San Diego UT Business section titled, “The bottom line on emotional intelligence.”

To recap: Trevor Blair, director of executive search for Manpower San Diego, a local employment agency, says, “Some business types continue to think of EQ as some fluffy, new-age mumbo that has no place in a fast-paced company fighting to survive in a competitive marketplace, the smart companies are realizing its true value.

The fact is no leader can reach their potential with it.

In order to understand other people and what motivates them to perform at their best, you first have to understand yourself.”

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But EQ can be about more than leadership potential.

It can also translate into real dollars according to Travis Bradberry, the author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0.

“People with a high degree of emotional intelligence make more money – an average of $29,000 more per year than people with a low degree of emotional intelligence,” he writes.

“The link between emotional intelligence and earnings is so direct that every point increase in emotional intelligence adds $1,300 to an annual salary.”

The good news is that unlike IQ – which is considered to be static and unchangeable no matter how much you study or work to improve it – emotional intelligence can be boosted.

This week’s focus is on reaching your potential. Would you like to achieve more of a leadership role at work? Would you like to make more money? Would you like to know how to improve and boost your Emotional Intelligence?

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