Emotional Intelligence for Data Scientists | Gilbert Eijkelenboom


September 21st, 2020

59 mins 32 secs

Season 5

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About this Episode

On this episode of The Artists of Data Science, we get a chance to hear from Gilbert Eijkelenboom, an author and behavioral economist that is passionate about bridging the gap between analytical thinkers and emotional intelligence. His passion for psychology and numbers has led him to understand the need for analytical minds to become better at communication with people.

He gives insight into how your brain works, his methods for getting great feedback, and the importance of emotional intelligence.

Gilbert talks about his background as a poker player, and how human behavior impacts the success that is possible in data science and beyond. This episode brings an interesting and very important perspective into soft skills and actionable tips to implement into your daily workstream.


[12:14] How your brain works and influences daily decisions

[18:58] The importance of saying no

[21:38] What is emotional intelligence and how it impacts your personal and professional life

[37:26] How to identify your bright spot

[44:21] The three step process to change your algorithms

[46:58] Gilbert’s take on intrapreneurship


[21:38] “...to become a really good data scientist, you need to understand the business problem...and without emotional intelligence, it's going to be very difficult.”

[24:53] “...if you don't try it yourself and fail and learn and experiment, then you're never going to be good…”

[53:12] “every day you make small decisions that all combine to really big growth”


Website: https://www.mindspeaking.com/

Quora: https://www.quora.com/profile/Gilbert-Eijkelenboom

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eijkelenboom/


[00:01:35] Introduction for our guest

[00:02:45] How Gilbert went from poker pro to data dude

[00:04:48] Where do you see the field of analytics and data science headed in the next two to five years?

[00:06:09] The difference between good and great data scientists

[00:06:55] Data science and behavioral economics

[00:08:44] How we can see our brain as a set of algorithms with an input process and output?

[00:12:01] The two systems in the brain

[00:15:40] How to cope with rejection in our job search

[00:18:36] The importance of saying no

[00:21:03] What is emotional intelligence

[00:21:31] The importance of emotional intelligence in our personal and professional lives

[00:23:52] Why emotional intelligence is so important and the challenges of acquiring this skill

[00:26:22] Tips on what we could do to start developing better emotional intelligence

[00:28:16] How to ask for feedback

[00:33:07] We talk about our shared love of Steven Pressfield

[00:35:43] Emotional intelligence in the virtual world.

[00:37:14] How we can identify our "bright spots"

[00:39:00] How to cultivate better self-awareness

[00:41:15] How we create a better awareness of the algorithms in our head

[00:44:02] A three-step process for changing the negative algorithms in our heads

[00:46:34] What it means to be an intrapreneur

[00:49:24] What's the one thing you want people to learn from your story?

[00:50:54] Why Gilbert wants to impact 100,000 people

[00:51:57] The Lightning Round

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