There is a joke that goes, the IQ of a group is the average IQ of the group divided by the number of people in the group. Recent studies have shown though that the IQ of the group is more closely related to the EQ or emotional intelligence of the group.
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How lack of EQ destroy a meetings IQ
I have worked with a number of people who always want to be the smartest person in the room. That means they attempt to talk themselves up and others down, never listening and often fighting. I don't care how smart you are, if you are can't work with others you are only one person.
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Not listening, not supporting other ideas, not encouraging others and so on all brings the quality of any meeting or group down. I have sat in meetings where people walk in with their plan, try to shout over everyone else, walk out of the room and implement their plan despite objections and usually fail only to come back to the next meeting with even less EQ.
If there is EQ there is no IQ
How does EQ help in meetings
It is easy to be the smartest person in the room. Simply listen to the knowledge and experience of others. Great leaders bring all the ideas together, not try and single out the number one concept.
People need to feel that they can contribute meaningfully to a meeting. Extreme cases are where people come to meetings, raise legal and ethical issues and are fired the next day. Then of course those who did the firing find themselves in jail a few years later. Their lack of EQ resulted in a fatal loss of IQ.
Then of course there are companies where everyone feels free to contribute what they can, discuss it openly and take it all forward together as a team.
What sort of meetings happen where you work?
How to build up meeting EQ
Listen to everyone's opinion. Try and do it as quickly as possible, getting as much out as you can in the shortest space of time and integrating the contributions to the general knowledge and understand of the group.
Do not allow others to shout down to dismiss other people's point of view. Every intelligent dissenting voice adds to the IQ of the room.
Expect people to bring problems to solved, not solutions to be sold. The best example of a company that does this is Toyota.
Make the most important win for the whole team, not for any one person. So there is no sense of needing to fight to survive, but work together to excel.
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