A bit of background on Sasha Dichter: I’m a big fan. He is Chief Innovation Officer at the Acumen Fund and the creator of Generosity Day. He inspired my colleagues and me to be part of Generosity Day last year. This year, we signed up to help spread the word about Generosity Day in our city, St. Louis.

In a recent blog post, Sasha talks about Daniel Goleman and his 1998 Harvard Business Review Article on Emotional Intelligence. From the article, “When I compared star performers with average ones in senior leadership positions, nearly 90% of the difference in profiles was attributable to emotional intelligence factors rather than cognitive abilities.” (90%?!? That number blew me away.)

Emotion intelligence, in Goleman’s definition, is comprised of:

Self-Awareness: the ability to recognize and understand your moods, emotions, and drives, as well as their effect on others
Self-Regulation: the ability to control, or redirect, disruptive impulses and moods; the propensity to suspend judgment – to think before acting
Motivation: a passion to work for reasons that go beyond money or status; a propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence
Empathy: the ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people; skill in treating people according to their emotional reactions
Social Skill: proficiency in managing relationships and building networks; an ability to find common ground and build rapport.

In the 1990’s, Emotional Intelligence was a new idea, which brought Sashsa to think about new ideas and our reaction to them. Dichter believes that there are four possible reactions to new ideas:

  1. Never find them in the first place (don’t read the books, the blogs, watch the TED talks, etc.)

  2. Consume them and ignore them

  3. Consume them and incorporate them a bit around the edges

  4. Embrace them, test them out, and be willing to incorporate them if they work for you

I come across ideas all the time, new ways to think about situations that never seem to change, ideas about how we work and the ones that usually stick with me are the ones that can make real change in how our clients work or those that will help us to better teach our clients. I’m learning (always) to be less fearful about incorporating new thoughts or ideas and speaking up about them.

Sasha believes that there are just to many good ideas for us to be sitting idle on the sidelines. So, tell us, what makes a new idea stick for you? What makes you take the idea and put it into action?

You can find a link to Sash’s entire post here:  http://ow.ly/bIitV.