Intelligently Emotional

September 17 – 18, Northlake Online Professional Development Summit

Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to recognize and control your emotions and modify your behavior to minimize any negative effects that your behavior has on others. Our emotions originate in the ancient, primitive parts of the brain, keeping us alive by triggering the fight or flight response when we sense we are in danger, while the newer parts of the brain perform higher functions, such as reasoning and decision-making. With effort and practice, we can override our instinctive response with reason and practiced behavior. But does it really change who we are?

When Daniel Goleman wrote his book on Emotional Intelligence, he couldn’t look inside a normal, functioning human brain to see how it works. He based his theory on what he could learn by observing human behavior, and it turns out that overt behavior is only part of the story.

Now that we are able to watch a living brain in the very act of thinking, we can see that training yourself to suppress emotions is a recipe for disaster.



What should we do instead? In this talk, I will share the latest discoveries from the neurosciences and how this information can change the way we develop leaders, onboard new employees and train our teams. You will learn:

  • Why there are really no “purely logical” decisions as long as a human brain is involved.
  • How to keep your primitive “lizard brain” in balance with your cerebral cortex.
  • Five important skills to become more intelligently emotional, based on neuroscience.