"Leading Your Team with Emotional Intelligence : What is Your EQ?" - Executive’s Club of Chicago New Leaders Circle Event

December 9 2010

On Thursday, December 2nd, 2010, I was able to attend the Executive's Club of Chicago New Leader's Circle Leadership Development Program "Leading Your Team with Emotional Intelligence : What is Your EQ?" While I go to 3 or 4 of these a year, mostly for the networking opportunity, this was one of those events that I really enjoyed.

The event had the following presenters:

Mary Lawrence Wright, Founder and CEO of Career Compass Worldwide (moderator)
Susan Annunzio, President and CEO of Center for High Performance
Jim Liautaud, Founder, Liautaud Graduate School of Business, University of Illinois, Chicago
Patrick Venetucci, President of Global Operations, Leo Burnett Worldwide

The format for these is that each presenter does a 10 minute presentation on the topic and then the moderator moderates a Q&A session. The room these are held in hold about 150 people, and people are usually ducking out right at the Q&A starts. No one got out of their chair for this one. All four of the speakers were great. Mr. Liautaud was a riot and Ms. Annunzio might be the most passionate person on the topic of EQ I have ever heard. Interesting enough is that Mr Liautaud is the father of Jimmy John Liautaud, the founder of Jimmy John's sub shops. I didn't know this at the time, but they share the same mannerism - and colorful language. Interesting to see where the Jimmy John's entrepreneur got his passion from.

For those that do not know what they mean about EQ, the discussion was about how to use personality and emotion in team building. The speakers talked about how to focus on the strengths of people. How high performers should be pushed even farther forward. What I find interesting is that is intersecting directly with something we are doing at PSC right now - which I will blog about next week.

For me, getting out and meeting young leaders in the Chicago marketplace is critical to my job. Sometimes, the content of these sessions is secondary. It was nice that the content was so worthwhile.

Ms. Annunzio has a great book called Contagious Success if anyone is interested more about this topic.