Note: Emotional Intelligence (“EI”) is the belief that our ability to channel and control our emotions will have a direct effect on our success.  I came across an article on inc.com by my connection Justin Bariso and I wanted to add my 2 cents, from a LinkedIn currency perspective, to make this concept, as expanded upon in his great article, fit the audience here. Every day for the next 13 business days I will offer how, and where, and especially why, you should take advantage of his article’s teaching on your LinkedIn profile page. Thank you, Justin for agreeing to my offering further comments. 

Helping other professionals

Help is a two-way street. you give when others need or ask, and you get when you need or ask.

Need is not overt. It can be offered as a gift to others, sensed or visible or inferred, in each case something of value.

Perhaps you have a similar situation from which you draw a similar experience that can help others not have to recreate the proverbial wheel.

Perhaps you have a new perspective based on new technology or actions that may be helpful or adaptable to another’s situation though not an exact match. Professionals, especially entrepreneurs, are good at absorbing, adapting, and applying to the case at hand. Be part of the input. Ask for an update to the results of your suggestion(s).

Asking for help, as previously mentioned in this series, can be one-to-one, to a select group of individuals you pose the question, or to a LinkedIn Group of similarly-minded experts. Ask. You may not need a direct answer or think you have it under control but perhaps, just perhaps someone out there has a new or unique twist on the solution you have not yet considered.

I participate in a few informal groups of LinkedIn experts, each of us supporting each other and answering questions or posing new ideas. It’s what I have dubbed “coopetition,” cooperating with the competition.

Absorb, be adaptable, and apply assistance, the entrepreneur’s way of EI. It’s a two-way street.