To say that the rapid pace at which technology is evolving continues to have a genuine impact on business and society is an understatement. While I still believe there are things a machine can’t do, with the dawn of Artificial Intelligence (AI), machines are said to be capable of imitating human behavior. Possibly the best reason yet to ‘up your game’ when it comes to building and maintaining personal and professional relationships.
In Corporate Coaching, we drive home the importance of being authentic and genuine.
- Being genuine is the one thing that can positively impact any relationship.
- Being artificial is a sure way to lose your influence with others.
- The stories of real humans overcoming real obstacles inspire us to go beyond what we can imagine – to achieve more.
For now, there are more things that AI can’t do than AI is capable of doing. And while that could change at any moment, the human brain is still recognized as the most effective problem-solving tool known.
As long as artificial intelligence is artificial, it will have limits. Yes, one could argue that human beings are also limited, but (at least for the moment) we are set apart from machines by our ability to feel and express emotions.
Artificial vs Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence allows us to engage with others on a genuine level, in a way that no machine can.
- Your bank’s ATM will likely never make you feel as important or as welcomed as your favorite aunt.
- Alexa does not care if you approve of the way ‘she’ performs over 15,000 skills.
- Siri isn’t really responding to you – it’s more like dumping information on you. Nothing very warm and fuzzy about that.
Can you recall the last time a machine made you feel better about yourself, helped you to feel empowered or necessary – even irreplaceable?
(If you can seriously reference a specific moment when this has happened to you – please message me here! I’d love to hear about it.)
Emotional Intelligence (EI) is widely recognized as a key factor in professional and personal success. Emotional skills are needed for decision making, communicating your vision to co-workers, and overcoming challenges in the workplace.
You can actually measure your emotional intelligence – and you should – because research shows a strong correlation between success at work and a well-developed Emotional Intelligence.
What does the future hold for those who deeply invest in AI? The full verdict is still out. But, as stated earlier, both times and technology continue to change – and FAST.
For instance, Gary Marcus, NYU, shares a report about how AI nearly died in 1973. Still, as long as there continues to be funding, there will continue to be improvements and advancements in Artificial Intelligence.
The reality is that both AI and EI have the potential to make a genuine impact on your future, as well as your bottom line.
I say, invest in what’s real – and in what really matters.
In other words:
- Invest in improving how you communicate with others.
- Invest in improving relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.
- Invest in improving skills that impact your ability to achieve goals.
- Invest in the human element of maximizing the potential of others.
The human element is YOU. The human element is the people you work with and live with and relate to daily.
You have the ability to accomplish more just by being YOU. You have the ability to genuinely impact, influence, and inspire everyone in your workplace and in your life.
Invest in real people who can accomplish real work, in real time, with real success and leave the artificial stuff to the machines.