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The New EQ

Those clued in to works by Daniel Goleman will be well aware of the concept of Emotional Intelligence and the accompanying metric Emotional Quotient (EQ).

EI & EQ are powerful concepts. They are especially relevant in industrial and corporate settings, where managing and leading teams need intelligence that go beyond pure logic and math. Call it mushy, but emotional intelligence is critical when you deal with people – those who score high on EQ thus have a high likelihood of success in their professions (and also life, perhaps?).

As the world moves beyond the industrial revolution and towards an environmental revolution, EQ has to take a new meaning – Environmental Quotient (supported by Environmental Intelligence). If everyone in the world were to develop high EQs (and we are 𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 it can be developed!), we could be living in a very different planet 50 years from now.

My team at CliDemy – the Climate Academy and I are working on a framework for the new EQ, and we will perhaps be in a position to take inputs from you all in a few weeks’ time, but here are the 3 basic thoughts we have on what could constitute EQ:

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1. Appreciate the entire 𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 – something on lines of the Gaia theory (Awareness)

2. Develop a deep 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐲 𝐭𝐨𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐭 as a whole (Feeling)

3. Be continuously 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐜𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐭 on the planet (Action)

Will update you more as the Clidemy team develops our New EQ framework further.

Thank you for your time.

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About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.


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