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Effective decision making and Emotional Intelligence by Dene Stuart

Effective decision making has to be free of emotion and based on evidence and educated judgement; however...

The way a decision is implemented and the likelihood of its success is totally dependent on the emotional state of those involved in implementing the decision; from the people at the top of the organisation to the most junior person.

Through advances in neuroscience and brain scanning techniques we now know that emotion affects everything we do. Solid research is now underpinning the value of emotional intelligence as an essential part of effective decision making and implementation:

• Over 80% of competencies that differentiate top performers from others are in the domain of EI. Harvard Business Review (2003)

• Companies, who have executives with higher levels of emotional intelligence, are more likely to be highly profitable. Dulewicz, Young, Dulewicz. Journal of General Management (2008) 

• After training in emotional intelligence, accidents reduced by 50 percent, formal grievances were reduced from 15 per year to 3 per year, and the plant exceeded productivity goals by £180,000. Orme, G Competency & Emotional Intelligence, vol. 10, no.4, Summer 2003, pp 43-48 

• American Express tested emotional competence training on Financial Advisors; trained advisors achieved 10% more than the control group who did not receive the training.

• After a Motorola manufacturing facility provided training in Emotional Intelligence, 93% of employees had an increase in productivity. Institute for Health and Human Potential, 10 year study

Emotional Intelligence is not a big corporate buzz phrase. It's real, it affects us all whatever size of business we are in: from the sole trader upwards. 

The good news is you can get better at it, become more effective and achieve better results for yourself personally and for your business, with just a little training.

Many US business schools require applicants to complete an EI questionnaire before they are accepted, Harvard and Yale included.

About Dene Stuart

Dene has over 30 years commercial, leadership and management experience; having held director roles within major national and regional media companies. 

The most exciting of which was undoubtedly his time as Advertisement Director at The Daily Mirror where he enjoyed working with the charismatic Piers Morgan.

Managing large teams in multi site offices gave Dene the broadest possible range of employment, team, motivational and performance issues to deal with and was the key to his interest in personal development and performance. 

Dene is a licensed behavioural analyst and has a BSc in Management Science from The University of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology. His 
first book ResourcefulMe, was published in June 2013 and looks at the subject of resourcefulness in the workplace.

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  • Geetha R.

    Found it a useful introduction to Emotional Intelligence. I agree it could have described more on the decision making side of things. But good effort by speaker and organisers, and I liked the topic choice.

    August 15, 2014

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    A former member

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    August 12, 2014

  • Christian H.

    Hello everyone, here now the video of Dene's talk:


    2 · August 8, 2014

    • Katia M.

      Great! Thanks a lot.

      August 11, 2014

  • Mario P.

    Hi Dene. Thanks for the presentation tonight. I enjoyed it, but in my humble opinion it did not quite deliver. I read Goleman's book and as a intro to Emotional Intelligence you did really well! Though, I find that the aspects of "Effective decision making" were barely covered (if at all). For the future, my advice is: keep the presentation and change the title, or add more meat to the topic of "effective decision making". Cheers

    4 · August 5, 2014

    • German M.

      Have to agree with the above comments. The talk seemed more an intro to EI than anything else. It would have been good to have covered effective decision making.

      August 6, 2014

    • Shirley C.

      Hi guys - really appreciating the feedback so thank you. Dene is kindly offering a free half hour consultation to you all to chat more about the EI topics he covered in depth, so if you'd like to take him up on his offer, please PM me and we will be in touch!

      August 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the talk and the information on EI. It was a short time slot to cram in a broad spectrum of topics, so getting into the detail of some of them was difficult, but I guess that's what the complimentary 30 minute consultation could be used for - Thanks again Dene.

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    August 7, 2014

  • Katia M.

    Is this going to be filmed?

    August 4, 2014

  • Stuart M.

    I enjoyed the meet-up as it refreshed my thinking in the area of Emotional Intelligence and then had some healthy debate at the end. It was good to attend an agile meet-up that diverged away from the normal set of agile related topics and focused more on the human side.

    1 · August 6, 2014

  • Janos B.

    Interesting talk, nice people, good lord of the dice! ;)

    August 6, 2014

  • Shirley C.

    Hi everyone, if you could please update your RSVPs if you can no longer attend that would be awesome. I'm dropping the guest list at 11:00am today UK time so any changes after that - the door won't have them, so if you're coming tonight from the waiting list, please come a little earlier so we can print you a pass. Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight. :)

    August 5, 2014

  • Daryn

    We have just opened this up to 20 more people! That is all we can do...

    1 · August 4, 2014

  • Charley

    As I am still on d waiting list, does it confirm a place for my attendance or not?

    August 4, 2014

    • Daryn

      Hi, if you are on the waiting list it means that your place is not reserved. I will email out asking people to change their RSVP status if they can no longer make it. Hopefully this will free up enough spaces for you to make it onto the 'going' list.

      1 · August 4, 2014

  • terence f.

    Regret I shall be chairing a meeting.

    July 21, 2014

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