For the past couple months, the team behind our Elevate initiative has been working with Bill Benjamin and Sara Ross at the Institute for Health and Human Potential to create content for our leadership summit series centered on emotional intelligence (EI).What’s that, you say? Training in emotional intelligence? Do we start by sharing our feelings? Will the holding of hands be after or before lunch?

All joking aside, consider that psychologist and science reporter Daniel Goleman found EI accounts for about two-thirds of what differentiates top and average workplace performers. Or that Motorola saw productivity increase among 93% of its employees after workforce training to increase EI.

EI isn’t some touchy-feely pseudoscience. It’s a business imperative that drives performance and profitability.

Studies that make it clear EI isn’t some touchy-feely pseudoscience but a business imperative that drives performance and profitability. Some date back decades, but one of the best is from just two years ago.

In its 2016 report, The Future of Jobs, the World Economic Forum ranked EI the #6 most critical skill for workers by 2020.

And actually, a bunch more on the top-10 list are elements of EI or closely related. Source: A study of almost 400 leading global employers representing 13M+ employees across 9 industry sectors.

Learn about EI first-hand.

We’ve put together 3 opportunities in the weeks ahead (links below): two free webinars and a full-day training workshop in Las Vegas on May 2. I’ll be there. I hope you can join us!

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Thursday, April 18: Webinar
Perform Under Pressure:
The Science of Emotional Intelligence

An initial exploration of EI in preparation for our May 2 workshop
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, May 2: Workshop
Perform Under Pressure:
The Science of Emotional Intelligence

A full-day, deep-dive into putting EI to work for your organization
Las Vegas, NV | 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT

Thursday, May 16: Webinar
Applying Emotional Intelligence Strategies
at Work (and at Home!)

Extend your learning from our May 2 workshop
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET