I was in my management of organizations class (with the gold bond instructor that uses amazingly awesome deodorant and owns children) when he brought up an interesting topic that I just kind of felt like writing about. I don’t really have too many interesting things to say about it but it’s been floating around in my mind. There are two types of people… well, there’s three types of people, but the third one is extremely hard to find. There’s people who are emotionally intelligent and people who are intellectually intelligent.
People who are emotionally intelligent can handle themselves well, even when they may not be able to directly learn something or apply it. You can find this in jobs everywhere; there’s always a few people who may not be completely competent in the skills required, but they are hired anyway. This kind of blows away the whole theory about why resumes are sent, and hiring the best person for the job… but it does make sense. I will explain why later.
Then there are intellectually intelligent people. The kinds of people who know all sorts of stuff. They are over-achievers. They do perfect in school. But when it comes to common sense they are dumb as rocks. Slightly neurotic. They don’t know how to handle every situation without freaking out about it. They are the basket cases you see at work, who were hired because they were fully competent, however they are just completely flying off the handle all the way to china.
This third person that I speak of is the one who is BOTH. Yes, that’s right. There are people who are possibly emotionally intelligent and intellectually intelligent, but they are few and far between. Usually somebody has some kind of hidden neurosis or they just don’t put in the effort to learn things. My professor was basically saying that a job will actually put aside technical skills (As long as its nothing major) to hire someone who is more emotionally intelligent. That is, somebody who is aware of how to react in certain situations. The life line of somebody who is emotionally intelligent is more steady than that of somebody who is intellectually intelligent yet lacks the emotional common sense. When an emotionally intelligent person gets laid off, or runs into a tough situation, they don’t abandon all life as they know it and take off to tahiti. Not that the thought wouldn’t cross their mind (hey! who hasn’t though that??? except me… because I don’t know very much about tahiti. I would rather run away to Hawaii. They have grass skirts and coconut bras) They can negotiate with themselves what the CORRECT thing to do is in a situation, and plan accordingly. Thus they don’t have extremely manic ups and down in regards to their life. Intellectually intelligent people, however, DO have those extreme ups and downs. They may be able to score that job which will pay them like….. 5 billion dollars a year (ha! I wish) but then they don’t have the people skills or any other kind of skills that make them TRULY valuable or reliable. Meanwhile, the emotionally intelligent person, who won’t get stressed or flip out in certain work situations, and is extremely reliable and dependable, and also has the capacity to learn, just like any normal person. Albeit, maybe not as fast as super genius sociopath, but at the average level.
Another good reason to hire somebody who is emotionally intelligent is because of the way norms go. A norm (as you probably have guessed) is something that is just kind of built in and expected. When you have a nice and functioning workplace, you have people who abide by norms without even realizing it. Such as, somebody may look down on somebody who is ALWAYS late to come back for lunch. It’s expected that you be back on time. Other people may look down on you. When you have an environment that is full of mostly emotionally intelligent people, it becomes extremely well balanced and a newcomer won’t have to have a huge rule book slapped down in front of them. They can pick up on the social norms and cues from fellow co-workers, because they aren’t sitting there pining over various uncontrollable situations or being sidetracked.
Anyway! I don’t really know where I’m going with that. There was no particular point I wanted to make. Jenna- you and your law is rubbing off on me. The lead is evidently being naughty. By the way- did you open up the deposition that way? I think the judge needs to know, so that she can quarantine her pencils (or paint). I would also like to share that I went to dinner with Shane and his dad today, and I got viciously attacked by a crab. No, it did not end pretty. I know you obviously assume that I won, but alas- the crab did. A dead snow crab at that… located in florida. Have you ever actually touched a crab leg while cracking it open!? They’re lethal! It was almost as bad as the time I cut myself on the tin can top. Okay… not AS bad. I wasn’t profusely flinging huge drops of blood around like when THAT happened, but still. This was probably equivalent to a large paper cut from a construction paper.