Looking for Good Help? Focus on EQ, not IQ

There once was something called EQ, or emotional intelligence -- how you get along with 

people, or adapt to changing circumstances.  It went away for a while, but now it's back.

Financial Post writer Ray Williams makes the case that "employers are better off looking for employees with a high emotional quotient (EQ) than intelligence quotient (IQ)," according to smartplanet.com.

That's because organizations often overlook this quality, preferring to view instead either education or  skills as predictors of success, Williams says at smartplanet.com.

But organizations underestimate the value and importance of empathy, consideration and even just listening, say experts.  I've worked at companies where executives blew through employees and never quite succeeded in the end. 

Williams wraps up his piece with this thought: "The qualities most likely to succeed in today's fast-changing economy -- in which people will likely go through multiple career changes as they adapt -- are based on EQ. Pride, personal accomplishment, professional networks will go a long way, versus just skills alone."



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