Friday, October 21, 2005

Emotional Intelligence!!

In today's corporate world, that provides emphasis on team work, flexibility, and customer orientation, emotional intelligence is a skill set that is now becoming a necessity. It is important to not only be technically competent, but also demonstrate emotional competence. It is a fact that IQ and academic excellence does not guarantee success. It is merely a threshold for a job requirement. Companies give importance to emotional competence ahead of cognitive abilities. It is proven that the recipe for excellence in a technical profession is the ability to influence and the drive to achieve ahead of analytical thinking. Technical brilliance does not propel an individual to the top. It is his/her ability to influence and persuade others and have the inner discipline to strive for challenging goals that are the driving factors to success. There is no point in being excited about a new idea unless one has the ability to relate, speak up, be heard, and be comfortable with oneself. These skills make the crucial difference.

Emotional competence is a learnt capability and is based on emotional intelligence, and it is this that leads to outstanding results. It is extremely important to have a balance between the mind and heart; i.e. cognition and emotion. Cognition as in technical expertise and analytical reasoning, and emotion meaning thought and feeling. This forms the basis for emotional competence. High in emotional intelligence does not guarantee that one has developed emotional competence that is needed at work. It just demonstrates the excellent potential in oneself to learn it.

Emotional intelligence has two major competences: Personal and Social. In other words, emotional intelligence may be defined as the competencies that determine how we manage our selves (personal) and how we handle relationships (social). Some of the important characteristics of emotional intelligence are: Self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and most importantly social skills.

No doubt that people have got to the top in the past without emotional intelligence, but as work becomes more and more complex and highly collaborative, companies that work together best have the competitive edge and thus excel in the job.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Travel!!!

It is one of my greatest passions in life. To travel and to travel every chance I get.
Traveling is one of the many ways to understand the world. Five years ago I traveled thousands of miles to come to the United States. Ever since there has been no looking back. Amidst my busy schedule at school and other commitments in life, I traveled. Traveling gave me a lot of experience about a lot of things. Most of all I never run out of what to talk. I have so much to say about the things I have seen, places I have visited, people I have met that I can talk to a stranger and keep him/her engrossed for hours.

I believe in one thing, atleast once a year, go some place you have never been before. Knowingly or unknowingly I have done that. And it is a privilege to have done so. I am ever so thankful to the groups of friends who have been part of such amazing trips over the last few years.


Yes, its true that travel involves money, and that is not easy. But in one such conversation, someone experienced told me, you have to do what you have to do and when you want to do. Cause one has to be lucky to have time, money, health all at the same time. She said, when u have time and health, you may not have enough money, when you have money and health, you may not have time, and when you have both time and money, health may part ways.

Most of all traveling has given the opportunity to get to know who my friends really are. Traveling gives me a lot of time to think, think about a lot of things in life. Its gives me the ambience to look at the world from a very different perspective. For me, traveling has been a form of education. Education that I believe enriches my life, education that I can share with anyone.

Travel and travel as much as you can. After covering about 29 states out of 50, my desire to travel has not come down. It’s always a win-win situation.