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  • Writer's pictureMonica Kay Royal

People Skills for Analytical Thinkers by Gilbert Eijkelenboom

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

Are you so analytical that you struggle with interactions with other people? Do you tend to calculate your actions or see situations as algorithms? Are you curious about what skills are needed to help you get out there and be more social? Or maybe you already are ok at being social, but you just need some guidance on maximizing your impact. This book provides such guidance on people skills and how they can lead to greater emotional intelligence.


🙋🏻‍♀️What are people skills and what is emotional intelligence?


People Skills are ”the ability to communicate and collaborate with other

people and the ability to influence them”


Emotional Intelligence is “is a crucial skill in building fulfilling relationships with colleagues, friends and family”


I particularly like how this book is structured, probably because I am analytical myself. It is an excellent step by step guide with examples on how to really understand your behavior, what you can do to change your undesired behaviors, as well as understand and influence other people’s behavior.


There is a theme to this book which outlines your behaviors as algorithms. This will especially resonate with the data community because I think we are all similar in our thought processes here.


The importance of emotions are demonstrated with an excellent story about a neuroscientist and his patient. I am not going into any detail, no spoilers here, must read yourself. 📖


What really stood out to me and what I especially enjoyed from this book were the use of analogies throughout in order to relate to the audience. This is a great way to relate back to previous topics and really keeps you on your toes 🐾


One teaser: there is mention of an elephant / rider relationship... you are going to want to learn more about why you need to become friends with an elephant.


The book concludes with Next Steps, which Gilbert leaves it up to the reader but reminds all that uncomfortable situations are beautiful opportunities.


Follow Gilbert Eijkelenboom on LinkedIn

The book can be found here


Happy Learning!!


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