Friday, May 17, 2019

In the long run, EQ (emotional Intelligence) trumps IQ (Intelligence quotient)
Dr Mario Denton have completed 450 Baron EQ-i assessments


In this interview Emma Poree talked to Dr Mario Denton regarding his experience and wisdom and passion for Emotional Intelligence as he has completed 450 BARON EQ-i EQ assessments so far.

Emma: Congratulations on the achievement so far Mario but is EQ really the missing link in delivering high performance?
Mario: EQ is definitely not a fad but you have to be careful that you ask the right person to do this training for you. While emotional intelligence isn’t the sole predictor of human performance and development potential, it is proven to be a key indicator in these areas. Emotional intelligence is also not a static factor — to the contrary; one’s emotional intelligence can change over time and can be developed in targeted areas
It can lead to dramatic increase in the person’s performance, interaction with others, and leadership potential. The development potentials the EQ-i identifies, along with the targeted strategies it provides, make it a highly effective employee development tool.
Emma: Let me go back and give me your understanding of EQ first.
Mario: Let me start with the following statement: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella quoted Mahatma Gandhi to tell students, "Live everyday as if it is your last day but learn as if you are going to live forever." He also said that, "In the long run, EQ (emotional quotient) trumps IQ (intelligence quotient). Without being a source of energy for others, very little can be accomplished."

Emotional intelligence is therefore defined as “a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way.”
Emma: So, what do you cover in your eLearning training program called optimising your emotional intelligence.
Mario: The eLearning is designed to be an interactive session which includes reflection, individual work and various assignments. The following course and learning objectives are key highlights for participants of the program:
• Create understanding of emotional intelligence.
• Increase participants’ understanding of mapping transformation leadership to emotional intelligence.
• Enable participants to identify specific areas in their own assessment results and build an action plan to work on areas to develop further and leverage strengths.
• Identify and understand how aspects of emotional intelligence can lead to derailing behaviours.

Emma: Do you back up your training with personal coaching Dr Mario?
Mario. Yes, I definitely do.  In the personal coaching session, we also talk a lot about the following:
  • Emotional intelligence, leader effectiveness and developing high achievers
  • Managing conflict with emotional intelligence
  • Building high-performance teams with emotional intelligence and the essential link to creativity and innovation
  • Coaching secrets for developing emotional intelligence
  • Stress and its impact on emotional intelligence and derailment of leaders.

Emma: Give me some final comments
Mario: The EQ training is a comprehensive program that equips participants with tools to facilitate an interactive application, all in a digital format. The training program started during my days lecturing the elective on EQ at the USB as I have been the first one introducing this subject on the MBA curriculum based on 20+ years of experience in this area. Our training includes lots of PowerPoint Presentations and various further support material.

Emma: Good luck with your further role out and keep on making the difference Dr Mario Denton.
Mario: Thank you Emma

Mario Denton MBA, MeCon, PhD and Industrial Psychologist.  He uses his strong academic and corporate background and his uniquely effective coaching skills to help organisations tap into their potential to make a difference in the workplace. You can contact him at  .

Emma Poree
Honours in Industrial and Organisational Psychology Student
Intern to Dr Mario Denton

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