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“In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels.” -Daniel Goleman

In the 90’s Daniel Goleman became a hit through his book, ”Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.” In the book, he explains that we have rational and emotional minds, why Emotional Intelligence is critical to success in our work and relationships, and how EQ can be taught and cultivated.

I strikingly remember the buzz, as the topic was fervently discussed during a class at my university.

What Goleman was saying made sense, but what didn’t make sense was how long it had taken us to write about a topic that seemed like it should have been second nature to us. But was it?

The Need For Emotional & Social Intelligence

Fast forward many years, and it turns out that we’re still not experts yet on the topic of Emotional Intelligence. We are still far from aligning our rational and emotional minds to most effectively reach our highest potential.

And to make things even more complicated, we’re also not well-versed on what it means to be Socially Intelligent (anymore) – an art we’ve sadly lost in the day and age of screens.

As a human capital and human resource practitioner of 15 years, I continue to grapple with the question of why companies still haven’t shifted their focus from building skillsets to building mindsets. Almost anyone can be taught a skillset, but building a mindset (as challenging as it might be) is a whole new parameter to success.

Emotional and Social Intelligence (ESQ) builds and shifts mindsets to make radical transformations. Leading with ESQ will reap incredible value for organizations that are leading through times of increased complexity and change – like today. Studies and experience continue to show that building ESQ in your employees will be a game changer on every level.

What is ESQ?

At Experiential Insight, we’ve developed a thought leadership framework called HyperQ, and ESQ is a key Intelligence Type in it.

The seven Success Skills under ESQ include:

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Want To Increase Your ESQ?

With increased ESQ, the opportunities for value creation in your organization are endless.

Just think about what it would mean to have employees who place value on and engage in dialogue, who are resilient, who are able to leverage both their rational and emotional minds, who are able to influence outcomes, and who bring global perspective to every solution.

If you’re looking for next-level impact, then it’s time to stop training for skillsets and start coaching instead for mindsets-- your business depends on it.

As we’ve witnessed first-hand through our group Executive Coaching tracks, Emotional and Social Intelligence (ESQ) transforms organizations for the better.

Let us help you transform your business by transforming the mindsets of your employees with ESQ.


Nishika de Rosairo  |  CEO and Founder  |  Experiential Insight

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The influence and impact of a leader is fast accelerating into a new stratosphere of success. No longer will an individual rise to the top simply because he or she is a brilliant technician with a few good Success Skills at bay. Instead success will be recognized at the top because he or she demonstrates Hyper Intelligent Leadership. This is the Future of Leadership that will shape our future of work.