According to the World Economic Forum’s “Why you need Emotional Intelligence”, 90% of top performers are also high in emotional intelligence (EQ). On the flip side, just 20% of bottom performers are high in emotional intelligence. You can be a top performer without emotional intelligence, but the chances are slim.
Gratitude Challenges are popular year-round, and especially during the month of November, when we celebrate our national Thanksgiving holiday. It can be tempting to gloss over or ignore the far-reaching benefits of gratitude when you’re focused on making your numbers and planning for next year’s growth.
They say most problems in life can be solved through some form of mathematical equation. Being an organizational development executive, I have found that difficult to grasp as math is so far outside my area of expertise.
Jason Fried is a founder and CEO of 37signals, a software company based in Chicago. Fried also treats 37signals as something of a laboratory for innovative workplace practices–such as a recent experiment in shortening the summer workweek to just four days.
Salary increase budgets and are near to historical lows, and are likely going even lower, due to the weak economic “recovery.” Growth in 2010 has been so tepid that unemployment has barely budged and employers have started to cut back their budget plans for 2011 (and even for 2010, if they haven’t fully implemented them yet).
The past two years has seen the quickest and most dramatic shifts in compensation (aka “rewards”) plans practices ever. In the past two years, we’ve witnessed “the sky is falling” near-collapse of 2008, the “big one” recession of 2008 – 2009 (and 2011?), and the end to entitlement compensation as we knew it (in 2009, when well over 50% of companies reduced and/or eliminated their salary increase budgets for the year).