Our potential is often largely measured by our IQ, EQ, and qualifications, but our guest today argues the case for a different aspect of who we are and what we offer – experiential intelligence. Dr. Soren Kaplan is an award-winning author, having recently authored Experiential Intelligence: Harness the Power of Experience for Personal and Business Breakthroughs. He is also an international keynote speaker and has led professional development programs for thousands of executives around the world, including Disney, NBCUniversal, PayPal, and many others.

Soren is the founder of three Silicon Valley startups, a columnist for Inc. magazine, an affiliate at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California, and a former corporate executive. So, it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about what truly drives effectiveness and success, as well as what to look for in a new recruit.

Soren believes that there is simply no way of separating the person from the profession, which is why it’s essential for us to harness the power of our personal experience in order to succeed. In this episode, he breaks down how a focus on experiential intelligence can transform the business world and provide wonderful and new opportunities to those deserving of them.

Tuning in, you’ll discover what experiential intelligence is, essentially, and its link to personality formation, as well as its practical applications. Soren shares his powerful training framework and intentions and provides steps to start decoding our mindsets and exploring our experiential intelligence. If you’re interested in finding out how best to harness the power of your personal experience (and why it’s so valuable to do so), this episode is for you!


Key Highlights From This Episode:

  • Introducing Dr. Soren Kaplan. [02:43]
  • Experiential intelligence explained. [03:45]
  • The link between personality formation and emotional intelligence. [07:00]
  • How receptive leaders of different genders tend to be towards the notion of experiential intelligence. [10:41]
  • Dr. Kaplan’s experiential intelligence training framework and intention. [12:25]
  • The value of experiential intelligence and how to decode our mindsets. [17:54]
  • Dr. Kaplan’s varied spiritual background and how it manifests in his work. [24:59]
  • What holds people back from exploring their experiential intelligence. [28:43]
  • Practical applications for experiential intelligence and the decreasing demand for vanity metrics. [30:02]
  • How to access and harness the power of your personal experience. [35:33]


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Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: 

Soren Kaplan’s book, Experiential Intelligence

Soren Kaplan Forbes Interview


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“Experiential intelligence is the smarts, essentially, that we get from our life experience.” — @sorenkaplan [0:03:51]

“Experiential intelligence is overcoming some of the challenges that might have stuck with you but also recognizing that we all have strengths from the experiences that we have.” — @sorenkaplan [0:04:32]

“The same things that traumatized me actually gave me strengths. They also gave me things I had to overcome.” — @sorenkaplan [0:08:12]

“Whether we’re walking in the home office door or the office door, we are bringing our whole selves to work. [Thinking] that you can leave part of yourself somewhere else tells you a lot about what might be missing from that individual or that team itself.” — @sorenkaplan [0:17:27]

“It’s not that you have to wear your heart on your sleeve, it’s that you’re in touch with what’s in your heart and you let it out when you want to let it out and you don’t when you don’t. It’s about self-awareness.” — @sorenkaplan [0:20:58]

“Experiential intelligence, in combination with your intellect and your emotional intelligence, is really ripe to transform recruiting and talent into organizations.” — @sorenkaplan [0:30:10]


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