Attended excellent talk by Adrian Furnham last night at the TCD Science Gallery.
Interesting discussion about the tendency in the workplace to promote engineers, scientists, accountants out of the role which they enjoy and at which they excel into management roles – demanding a completely different skills set.
In some respects reminded me of Charles Handy‘s The Elephant and the Flea. Explains why many people may be happy to work outside large organisations – focusing on what they like to do (and being more happy).
Enjoyed, as a laymen, the explanation of the different positions on emotional intelligence and how/ whether it can be measured. Furnham is in the personality traits camp.
Also was interested in the quick review of Seligman’s myths about happiness.
His final answer to adivce on being happy was sound:
- Invest HEAVILY in friends/ friendships
- Work at something you enjoy
- Stay fit and healthy.
Interesting to reread Charles Handy’s excellent book in 2001, ‘the elephant and the flea’, at this time of enterprise 2.0, web 2.0 hype and excitement. At the time he was commenting on the emerging impact of the internet, the new models, the new opportunities. He included a chapter ‘the new or not-so-new’ economy’ – and it’s well worth rereading in the current climate of enterprise 2.0/ web 2.0. The technology does present opportunities and potential changes – but it does not undermine many of the priniples of business and society.