I was flipping through a Human Resources/Recruitment Powerpoint slide presentation last week and the “I’m trapped in a Dilbert cartoon” feeling really reached its highest point with the recommendation that a manager should also try “Radiating Positive Energy”.
Really, they write themselves those comics.
Anyway, some classics included these:
'Examples of Competencies
Manager to other manager: What is your competency?
Other Manager: BrAInPoWER!!! BRAINPOWER!!!! URGH!!
Manager: How about Having An Extensive Vocabulary?
Other Manager: Nah. Just BRAINPOWER!!!!
Under the subject of ‘Interpersonal Skills’ was a sub-topic of ‘Building Relationships.’
- Become genuinely interested in other people
- Call people by their names
- Talk in terms of the other person’s interest
Did you know that “Emotional Intelligence accounts for up to 45% of one’s job success, while one’s IQ is said to account for less than 6%”?
No, I am not making this up – BUT I THINK THEY DID!
So, by maths, you can see that actually being skilled only accounts for a maximum of 49% of one’s job success.
Hmm, how about leaving me alone for the half a day each day that requires me to demonstrate Emotional Intelligence so that I only have to work 3 days a week?