Emotional IQ in a Connected Social World

We all know of Emotional Quotient (EQ), the casual shorthand for emotional intelligence. The term has become ubiquitous and we can find it popping up in as many places from comics to corporate boardrooms. While there are varying thoughts on this, Bradberry and Greaves in their book “Emotional Intelligence 2.0,” defines it as “Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships.”

In this ever changing world of connected IT, this become even more significant as we embrace new ideas, connections, business models and personal styles to work, communicate, play and succeed. This interesting article in CIO, “Why Improving Emotional IQs Makes for Better IT Leaders,” focuses on Emotional IQ and dissects it into five components: Empathy, Social Expertness, Influence of Self, Influence on others and Mastery of Purpose. Some of the tips provided here to improve Emotional IQ include getting feedback on self and slowing down decision making process to filter out emotions and focus on ‘data driven decisions’.

According to Adele B. Lynn, founder and owner of The Adele Lynn Leadership Group, “Emotional intelligence is a multiplier effect for both the individual and the business. It can’t replace technical excellence, but it can multiply the business advantage for the company. And, it can multiply the effectiveness for the individual.”

Emotional IQ, besides increasing self-awareness, self-confidence, openness, ability to better face challenges for an individual, benefits the organization by having more motivated, purposeful, creative, emotionally balanced people who can help drive business goals effectively using their superior communication, conflict resolution, and social awareness and leadership skills.

Silicon Cowboys: The past and future of Imagination

The curved felt hat, flowing bandanna, loaded holster, tough jeans, rodeo gear, boots and spur … the dusty horizon, the sweat on the leather gloves and the the thundering sound of the hooves … sounds familiar?

These are the blazes of glory from the romanticized world of the 19th century wild west – a frontier whose influence has penetrated probably every corner of modern civilization in some way or the other – from attire, attitude, adventure to the battle of the minds, markets and manifest destiny.

The halo of the cowboys carries on spurred by, amongst other inclinations, the distinct styles of western vestiary and equipment, the wranglers, the spirit of adventur(ism) of the Wild West, the timeless bang bang movies recreated from grey to eastmancolor with John Wayne and others, … and of-course the expansive mindset and economic necessities which resulted in adaption, and some preservation, of classical traditions to the modern world applications.

James Bond and Convergence apart, after having sparked many an imagination for long … the next  frontier which seems to be truly hitting the brain is wearable computers. These are miniature silicon devices integrated with your clothing or intelligent wearable accessories like belts, watches, shoes that can provide an array of monitoring and wireless communication functions. There are already several organisations conducting research on the next frontier of wearable/plug-gable/implantable technologies.

Some of the applications are in the areas of healthcare, mobile computing, adaptive textiles, defense, nerdy fashion and who knows what. As more and more ‘people’ get connected into the binary matrix the real battle for your body will begin!

The curved felt hat /thinking cap with integrated brain probes and conductive speakers, fold-able bandanna to project streamed data, loaded holster with battery boost and backup, toughed jeans with solar cells and body sensors, rodeo gear with pressure pad sensors, intelligent boots and contact lenses for Augmented Reality (AR) layover…  the dusty horizon of Big Data, the sweat on the motion-sensor based leather gloves and the thundering sound of the GPS enabled-hooves and Mediated Reality … sounds unfamiliar?

Welcome to the era of Silicon Cowboys.

Blog Strategy – Embryo

Q1. Should this blog exist?

Q2. Why should this blog exist?

The answer to the first question is ‘yes’. (at least at this stage)

However the second question invites good research, deep thought and pure inspiration!

100 million – this is the number of blogs on the roll as per a 2005 Blog Herald survey – a seemingly big number. Even if we were to discount the inactive blogs and others – one cannot help but appreciate that power of ‘blogging’ phenomenon.

The reasons for blogging may be many (as you are already aware of – if not google God’s always at hand) – but one prime reason that i can see – and a common one for all is to ‘live outside oneself‘. This could take different dimensions from person to person:

  • sharing one’s inner creativity
  • social interaction
  • trying to make a difference
  • making money
  • helping people
  • sharing Ideas
  • creating a forum network
  • plain simple ego satisfaction
  • … or
  • creating a virtual life

So where do I go from here >

At this point, Somebody inside tells me that Q1 should have actually come after Q2?

Thinking aloud, generally people are born first – and the purpose of existence unfolds later – Origin means Birth – and Purpose means Life!

In this virtual life i suppose, this blog is still in the embryonic stage – and to progress to the next stage – the birth – the embryo needs to be fed, nourished, nurtured in a definite direction – The direction of the ORIGIN.

It’s a long way to go – but i intend to put down my ramblings here – and the purpose will follow…

One thing i am sure though is – this is going to be a process – a process involving freedom of choices, of thoughts, of directions …

Cheers!