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Hidden Strengths: The EQ and Business Podcast

54 EpisodesProduced by Mike X HuangWebsite

Executive coach Mike X Huang dives into the research and expertise of those who have studied emotional intelligence and developed their EQ to achieve great success, especially in business. Whether you want to develop your self-awareness, self management, empathy or relationship management skills, co… read more

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One Journey Ends, Another Begins - 050

October 20th, 2018


Can it be true? Is the Hidden Strengths podcast ending? Come hear my thoughts on this year long journey of being a podcaster and what I think you …

Can Happiness Be Wrong? - 049

October 11th, 2018


How can happiness be wrong? Wait, isn’t this what we spend our whole lives chasing? When you apply science and emotional intelligence to the pursuit …

Ask Mike #4 - Boss Problems

October 4th, 2018


What kind of troubles do people have as they move up the organization? This Ask Mike show focuses on just that.


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Life's A Game - 048

September 26th, 2018


Have you ever wondered what life would be like if it was a game? Surprisingly, this perspective can help you gain more self awareness and cause you …

How We Deny The World - 047

September 19th, 2018


Self sabotage. Sometimes we don’t realize we’re doing it. Other times, we even wish for it. Is that really what we do sometimes? Is that where denial comes from? We explore all of that in this episode. Find out the more …

The Myth Behind Our Incentive Driven World - 046

September 12th, 2018


When you stop and think, you might realize that much of our world is motivated by incentives. Salary raises, getting our ideal body image, keeping up a good public image as well as everything else in life. You even hear …

Everything You Didn't Know About Listening - 045

September 5th, 2018


Biology makes you a pretty mediocre listener. You might have heard about how important this skill is...but if combine how your brain works with how …

The Real Way To Be Proactive - 044

August 29th, 2018


"Be proactive." That's a buzzword you hear all the time. And when you do, you just think it means to take initiative. But that word has a deeper meaning than just that. In this episode, you'll get to find out how I …

Before The Past Takes Over - 043

August 22nd, 2018


Thinking about the past is something we all do. After all, that is how we learn from our mistakes. But those who allow that to dominate their lives do so at a great cost. This is a hallmark example of what happens when …

A Sight You've Never Seen with Wilson Lin - 042

August 16th, 2018


What's it like once you've been climbing towards your goals for awhile? We dive into the life of an entrepreneur who’s lived around the world and back. From the cushy tech life in San Francisco to the top of Mount …

Does Low EQ Mean Less Money For You? - 041

August 8th, 2018


Are you in control of your money or is your money in control of you? I realized each individual has very different thoughts and feelings when it came …

Why Leadership Development Programs Fail - 040

August 1st, 2018


What is the point of training at a company? Usually the bigger the company, the more of these you see. And most of the time, they’re useless and distract you from your work. How did it get this bad? Do effective leaders …

Why You Decide on Misery - 039

July 25th, 2018


Making decisions can be one of the most difficult things you do every day. You know that already but what about the decisions that you don’t make? …

Self Regulation Saves Lives - 038

July 18th, 2018


Did you know that people actually die from a weak EQ? Ok, maybe things aren’t that bad. But your emotional intelligence is tied to your habits and behaviors, which make a difference in your lifestyle choices. If you …

Why Self Awareness Is Hard - 037

July 11th, 2018


You’ve been hearing about self awareness and how important it is to have. But this is easier said than done. Why is that? What exactly makes it so …

The Attack and Defense of Motivation - 036

July 4th, 2018


What are the secrets to motivation? This is a question that haunts everyone with a goal. While no one has all the answers, here are a few that many people overlook when they approach their goals. If you have found …

The Spread of Social Contagion - 035

June 27th, 2018


Why are you the average of the people closest to you? I’m sure I’m not the only person that’s been curious about that. From my own childhood memories to research that study how the people around us affect us, I offer a …

Ask Mike #3 - Commencement Speech

June 20th, 2018


If you were to give a speech to new college graduates, what would you say? That is exactly what went through my mind at my little brother’s …

EQ In The World of Professional Poker with Ricky Guan - 034

June 13th, 2018


What does EQ have to do with poker? A lot actually. We invite professional poker player, commentator and team manager, Ricky Guan here to talk about a side of the game that you’ve never seen before. From his past had an …

The Dark Side of EQ - 033

June 6th, 2018


“For nothing is ever good or evil...but thinking makes it so.” This quote by Shakespeare rings true for everything in life, including EQ. Even something as crucial and human as emotional intelligence is to success and …

How A Dragon Helps Us To Avoid Complacency - 032

May 30th, 2018


What did a dragon make me realize about complacency? Quite a bit actually! With a story that struck me to the core, I realized the dark side of human adaptability. To counter that, I talk about self disruption and some …

The Human Factor in Technology - 031

May 23rd, 2018


In a world that is increasingly being defined by the advances in technology, where do we as humans stand in all of this? Will emotional intelligence …

If You Never Feel Successful... - 030

May 16th, 2018


For many people, holding yourself to high standards is a way to not fall into complacency. Some people even use this to push themselves. But when …

The Costs of Being Jaded - 029

May 9th, 2018


Becoming jaded just comes with age and experience. As you grow wiser, you gain a sense for what is trustworthy or not. But how much does bias play a …

Ask Mike #2 - The Keys to Delegation and Listening

May 2nd, 2018


The two questions today are based on two very common struggles that I’ve seen as a coach. They are delegation and listening. I give some different perspectives because you’ve probably endless listicles on both of these. …

Entrepreneur Toughness with Marc Mawhinney - 028

April 25th, 2018


When you’re hustling and grinding to make your business succeed, what are the pitfalls that can trip you up? I invite Marc Mawhinney to discuss the struggles of entrepreneurship and what you can do to avoid the traps …

What It Takes To Find A Passion - 027

April 18th, 2018


How do you actually find a passion? From graduation speeches to your favorite celebrities, everyone says to find your passion. But no one actually …

What It Takes To Create Purpose - 026

April 11th, 2018


What is purpose? How do you get one? Is it really worth having? You might know that having a purpose is something you’d want but do you what it really takes to find one? As we go into some counter-intuitive research, …

Diving Into Gratitude - 025

April 4th, 2018


There is this thing called gratitude which we have all been hearing about for awhile now. We know we should have more of it. But there is so much …

The Power of Perception - Leadership, EQ and the Gender Divide with Dr Shawn Andrews - 024

March 28th, 2018


Studies show that the biggest companies in the world do better with women leaders. Why is that? How do men fit into the picture? In this special interview, we explore the biggest misconceptions around the gender divide …

Freedom From A Victim Mindset - 023

March 21st, 2018


What do you think is the most common mindset in the world? Unfortunately the answer isn’t a great one but that doesn’t mean we’re all doomed for failure. Victim mindsets are programmed into us due to a variety of …

Addiction, Pain and EQ - 022

March 14th, 2018


This episode goes real deep as we explore the topics of addiction and trauma as it relates to emotional intelligence. There are some surprising insights that will get you thinking about what has impacted you in the …

Persisting Through Pressure - 021

March 7th, 2018


How do you get things done when there’s a ton of pressure bearing down on you? When you bring your head up to breathe and take a look around, you may start to be more aware of how you perform under pressure. What can …

Ask Mike #1 - Difficult Coworkers and Multiple Passions

February 28th, 2018


This is the first of a brand new series within the Hidden Strengths podcast! If you're a subscriber, a fan of the show or just a curious person, ask me any questions you may have to emotional intelligence or coaching. …

Before Stress Wipes You Out - 020

February 21st, 2018


One of the biggest saboteurs in the world comes from our very habits. How often have you let stress get to you and hinder you in some way? Maybe your health got hit. Or your productivity went down. Perhaps your …

Adaptability Trumps Emotional Intelligence? - 019

February 14th, 2018


What is a better measure of success? Adaptability or emotional intelligence? This question led to quite an interesting rabbit hole of research …

Turning Politics into Culture - 018

February 7th, 2018


What is one thing we admire so much from entrepreneurs? Their culture. But whether you work in corporate or in a startup, culture is a living and …

Being a Creative and Early Stage Startups with Peter Liu - 017

January 31st, 2018


What does it really take to succeed in the startup world? I dive into what most people don’t think of when they start a company with a long time friend of mine, Peter Liu. We go through getting over imposter syndrome, …

The Art of Managing Chaos - 016

January 24th, 2018


How easy it is to wake up one day and realize how you haven’t been focusing on what’s important. But now it’s become difficult to break out of the …

Conquer Change or Be Conquered - 015

January 17th, 2018


What does bitcoin and EQ have to do with each other? Unexpectedly, there is a lot to talk about here when bitcoin represents change and all the craziness that comes along with innovation. When it comes down to it, …

Revolutionizing Hiring using EQ and Personality with Ilya Usorov - 014

January 10th, 2018


In this episode, I dive into the fascinating dynamic between personality and emotional intelligence with Ilya Usorov, a founder who is …

The Relationship Between Coaching and Emotional Intelligence - 013

January 3rd, 2018


What kind of relationship do coaches have with emotional intelligence? This episodes explores that dynamic, debunks a few popular myths about …

Executing On The Long Term - 012

December 27th, 2017


Why do people fail at creating new habits? By nature, we are not meant to plan so far ahead. We can certainly lay out the framework for achieving a …

Sorting Out Your Emotions - 011

December 20th, 2017


What do you do when you feel like there’s an endless storm of chaos inside of you? These are the times when you aren’t thinking straight and you end up doing things you later regret. Why does that happen? And what can …

Countering Stagnation - 010

December 13th, 2017


What do you do when you feel like you’re making no progress towards your goals? This can be a common feeling for anyone, regardless of if they run their own business or work towards a better career. Here are a few …

What EQ Can Do For Your Career - 009

December 6th, 2017


What would a high EQ actually look like for you at your job? This episode paints a picture of several areas where you can develop the skills that may …

Passion after Passion with Jae Yoon - 008

November 29th, 2017


In this special episode, I interview an old friend of mine who has chased after multiple passions successfully in a short amount of time. We dive …

Expectations Are The Enemy - 007

November 22nd, 2017


When it comes to expectations, there is a lot that we take for granted everyday. But when you take a moment to take a good hard look at your expectations, you may start to wonder why you have them. In this episode, I …

The Stories Within You - 006

November 15th, 2017


Who doesn't love a great story? You've probably read, watched or listened to many of them. But what about the stories you tell yourself? This episode dives into limiting narratives, their impact on you and how you can …

Root or Symptom? How Your EQ Can Help You Problem Solve - 005

November 8th, 2017


When it comes to solving problems, how important can emotional intelligence be? Today, we explore that question and how much of an impact developing …

Why You Should Build Your Emotional Awareness with Mark Schall - 004

November 1st, 2017


In the first interview of the Hidden Strengths podcast, I’m chatting with Mark Schall, who has been both a mentor and an inspiration to me on my coaching journey. He draws upon a wealth of experience to talk about what …

Applying Your EQ - 003

October 23rd, 2017


In this episode, I explore several areas where emotional intelligence has a direct impact. EI is often seen as a soft skill, making it hard to measure and improve upon. But there are still many situations where its …

Myths of EQ - 002

October 12th, 2017


When people hear emotional intelligence, they can have several different ideas about it. What is true? What isn't? In this episode, I dive into several myths so you can understand what developing your EQ is really all …

A World of Hidden Strengths - 001

October 12th, 2017


Emotional intelligence is a term that has been widely talked about. Its applications range from personal relationships to the most successful …

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