Talk: The Secret to Innovation is Emotional Intelligence


Jason Belaire, IDSA, Chair Elect and Kirsten Belaire, MA, LPC are presenting on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) at the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver, CO on January 29, 2020.

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Currently, one of the most under-appreciated aspects of the creative process is found in the basic human condition, Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

There are many people who go through the normal process of childhood all the way through adulthood, yet rarely take the time to look at WHY they think the way they do, and how they got themselves to where they are. Generally, there is a lack of critical thinking and the ability for self evaluation/self management. However, the more we look into this, the more that we learn that early life experiences of all levels contribute to how we perceive things and our levels of empathy.

Emotional Intelligence is a natural progression or development that comes out of various situations that Designers/Creatives were exposed to during developmental and crucial learning periods of their lives. The reason emotional intelligence is so important to analyze and understand lies in its effects on psychological development, and the output it can create when it takes the form of creative processes.

More often, when people have certain situations that are hard to overcome during their formidable years, there is a chemical and psychological transformation that occurs. This allows for a different level of sensitivity when looking at problems and/or applying empathy as a driver for research or just inquisitive exploration.

Kirsten Belaire MA, LPC and Jason P. Belaire, IDSA will explore how designers/creatives can start to understand their own emotional intelligence levels. They'll also explain how to use EQ to think more critically and manage ourselves better in ways that can lead to innovation.