Meet the Speakers: Kevin Grossman

I met Kevin only briefly during HRevolution 2010, but I have been following him online for quite a long time. He has some amazing ideas and is someone you should be following if you aren’t already. Let’s hear what he has to say. This is a post in the Meet the HRevolution Speakers series.

  • Who are you?

My name is Kevin W. Grossman and have over two decades years of leadership experience in various roles including marketing communications, business development, employee development, talent management and general management working in the human resources and recruiting services industries, high-tech, and higher education. Many of you know me from my years at and more recently my short stint with the leadership development firm Glowan. I’m also a proud daddy of two beautiful girls and a happy husband to one beautiful wife.

  • What do you do (day job, any blogging/social media stuff, volunteering, etc.)?

Currently I’m consulting in and around my latest endeavor Marcom HRsay, which is an “open source” HR marketplace research and strategy site for the real world and companies small, midsize and the entire enterprise, focusing on what helps the workplace thrive and businesses grow.

I also have a partnership with Meghan M. Biro and the career, workplace and innovation community — TalentCulture. In mid-November we launched #TChat, a Twitter chat every Tuesday night from 8-9 p.m. ET that intersects at Talent + Culture. We consider all the things that make a best place to work, individual career growth, and social community development — ideas to help your business and your career accelerate – the right people, the right ideas, at the right time.

I also volunteer for domestic violence non-profits and blog regularly about fatherhood and domestic violence awareness and prevention.

And I write a lot. Period.

  • What is your session title and topic?

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace: People-Building Science or Leadership Development Witchcraft?

Fact is that the science and research behind emotional intelligence has been around for over two decades and gets more reliable and valid over time. Unfortunately there’s a lot of noisy schlock out there in the greater “people/leadership development” marketplace. My intent for this session is to talk facilitate a discussion about the applicable foundational elements of emotional intelligence and impulse control and why it’s more than just “common sense.”

  • Why did you submit to speak at HRev?

Because it’s one of the most progressive and important movements in the Human Resource industry to date — keeping the humanity in business while growing it.

  • What are 5 words that describe you?

Creative, Idealist, Adaptable, Student, Leader

  • What is one fun/strange/interesting thing about you?

I have no problem wearing pink.

  • Why do you think you are so passionate about your session topic?

Because as I began to dig deeper into the over two decades of science and research behind emotional intelligence, it aligned perfectly with my mission of mindful presence and personal responsibility. Being self-aware of my emotions and those of others and being able to manage them is an integral part of binding communication and progress.

  • If people only remember one big takeaway from your session, what would it be?

That you can and should take care of your emotional business throughout your integrated work/life world; no one makes intellectual decisions in an emotional vacuum.

Thanks to Kevin for spending a few minutes with me and for giving you a preview of what to expect from him. This guy is a leader and someone we all could learn something from.

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