How smart are you?


Emotional Intelligence Is the Other Kind of Smart. -Talentsmart

In 1994, I took the ACT because my counselor and mother said I needed to. I scored a 24, which opened college doors for me. Keep in mind that is only a few points higher than the national average. I share my ACT whenever I speak about emotional intelligence (EQ). You may be wondering why I am sharing my ACT scores and why that is important.

It is important because emotional intelligence is a better predictor of success than intelligence quotient (IQ). I attribute the majority of my success to a constant attention to growing my emotional intelligence skills. I often find myself surrounded by smarter (IQ) people, who offer great input to the team. My IQ will remain mostly static but my EQ skills can be improved with a purposeful focus on one of the four areas. IQ gets you hired, EQ gets you promoted.

When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses in 1995, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into what many people had always assumed was the sole source of success—IQ. Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence (EQ) as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. –Talentsmart

My goal with this post is to spark your interest in learning more about emotional intelligence. There are a number of books and articles about EQ. EQ can be improved and it can make a huge difference with relationship management and professional advancement. It separates good leaders from great leaders


Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Emotional intelligence is made up of four core skills that pair up under two primary competencies: personal competence and social competence. – Talentsmart

As always, I leave you with an exercise that you can do with your school staff to help remind educators why we are in the business of making the world a better place.

#Oneperson Action Item:

Positive Shift Email
Very Powerful

Here’s how it works:

  1. I will start us off with something positive that is happening at Cardinal. It can be anything!
  2. Then anyone can reply to all and share your positive shift.
  3. By the end of the day, we will see if our positive energy is greater than when we started.
  4. I invite everyone to join in.

My Positive Shift:

I watched a story about Camden, NJ last week. Camden was once the most dangerous city in America. Over the past year, things have changed. I was pleasantly surprised with the techniques that have been implemented by the new police force. Certainly more resources were added but the police mainly have changed the culture of the city by implementing emotional intelligence skills. The citizens are looking at the police force differently. It was a change in culture. I see the same for our work at Cardinal!

Click here to view:

Can’t wait to see all the positive shifts today!

Shift your attention from the negative to the positive
– Jamie Vollmer, Schools Can’t Do It Alone

(See page 184)

There is a fundamental truth of the universe: What we focus our attention on grows stronger in our life. If we choose to focus on the negative things that occur in our classrooms, our schools, and our district, then we become more negative. Optimism fades. Irritability grows. Our relationships suffer. We have less energy. Our health declines. We become prime candidates for burnout.

Conversely, when we choose to put our attention on the hopeful, encouraging, positive developments that occur within our schools, we become more positive. Optimism grows. Our health improves. We feel better about ourselves as professionals and as human beings. We become more cheerful and productive, more awake, more actualized. We gain these benefits simply by making this subtle, internal shift. When the entire staff practices this behavior modification, positivity is enlivened throughout the district, and spills out into the community.



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