About this episode:

How often do you know people who take the time to actively pay attention to what they are feeling, identify the source of their feelings, and, take the time to think about how that affects other people?”

-Emotional Intelligence Expert Edythe Richards  

Most everyone knows what IQ means—it’s the intelligence quotient, a score derived from several standardized tests to measure a person’s intelligence. An average IQ score might be around 100, whereas the score of a genius-level person might exceed 150. But, few people in the world know what EQ means—that is the quotient of emotional intelligence, which measures our ability to be aware of, control, and express emotion, and, to handle interpersonal relationships judicially and empathically.

In this second part of a two-part episode, we continue our conversation with Edythe Richards. She is the founder and executive coach at A Top Career and a subject-level expert on Emotional Intelligence. Edythe helps us dig into the practical applications of EQ, especially how we can use it to make our work and workplace experiences positive and meaningful.

Important discussion points:

  • Do Millennials relate well to EQ involvements? [starts at 2:11]
  • How does EQ relate to Meaningful Work? [starts at 7:40]
  • Why is EQ critical for a career change? [starts at 13:57]
  • What has the use of personal technology done to EQ? [starts at 20:51]
  • Can EQ help workers who are on the Autism spectrum? [starts at 22:14]
  • What is the future of EQ? [starts at 24:12]

About our guest: When she was a child, growing up on a farm in Delaware, Edythe Richards dreamed about being a singer. “It wasn’t just the music, or the pitch, or whatever was playing on the radio,” she recalls. “More than anything, for me being a singer was about performing in front of an audience. I loved making others feel good and bringing them joy.”

Richards never rode her childhood dreams of singing into a performing arts career. But, she leveraged her love of public speaking and passion for empowering others as a professional career counselor, a Master Practitioner in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, and, a subject-matter expert in the field of Emotional Intelligence.

Edythe Richards received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Seton Hall University. Her nationally recognized career counseling consultancy, A Top Career, is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

EPISODE DATE: October 25, 2019

Previous guest appearance:

Discovering Yourself: ‘Knowing Your Myers-Briggs Type’ Opens Gateways to Meaningful Work

Published work:

Myers-Briggs Myths and Misuse

Social media:

A Top Career Website

A Top Career Facebook Page

MBTI Question Corner Podcast

LinkedIn Page

Photo credits: Emotional Intelligence at Work, iStock Photo; Photographic Portrait, Edythe Richards