Emotional Intelligence and Gaming

Some dismiss emotional intelligence as a pseudoscience. But boosting your EI can help you succeed, personally and professionally.

This past year, the American Gaming Association launched AGA Elevate, an educational and interactive peer exchange of information around critical gaming and business topics through both webinars and in-person workshops.

For the past couple of months, the team behind our Elevate initiative has been working with Bill Benjamin and Sara Ross at the Institute for Health and Human Potential to create content for our leadership summit series centered on emotional intelligence (EI).

What’s that, you say? Training in emotional intelligence? Do we start by sharing our feelings? Will the holding of hands be after or before lunch?

All joking aside, consider this: psychologist and science reporter Daniel Goleman found that EI accounts for about two-thirds of what differentiates top and average workplace performers. And Motorola saw productivity increase among 93% of its employees after workforce training to increase EI.

Studies make it clear EI isn’t some touchy-feely pseudoscience, but a business imperative that drives performance and profitability. Some of these studies date back decades, but one of the best is from just two years ago.

In its 2016 report, “The Future of Jobs,” the World Economic Forum ranked EI the No. 6 most critical skill for workers by 2020.

And actually, a bunch more on the Top 10 list are elements of EI or closely related.

We’ve put together the following opportunities: a free webinar and a full-day training workshop in Las Vegas. I’ll be there. I hope you can join us!

Thursday, May 2: Workshop
Perform Under Pressure: The Science of Emotional Intelligence
A full-day, deep dive into putting EI to work for your organization.
Las Vegas • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT

Thursday, May 16: Webinar
Applying Emotional Intelligence Strategies at Work (and at Home!)
Extend your learning from our May 2 workshop.
10:30 – 11:30 PT • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Allie Barth is the vice president of industry relations for the American Gaming Association. In her role, Barth leads the AGA’s educational strategy, advances member engagement to provide demonstrable value to the association’s member companies and professionals, and oversees the Global Gaming Expo brand and portfolio of events, G2E Las Vegas and G2E Asia.

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