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Performance is not a measure of value, but instead a reflection. Jennifer Vahling, manager of talent acquisition at Midland States Bank, spoke to the students on how emotional intelligence can alter one’s success in the workplace and in life. Emotional intelligence is not only an individual’s ability to recognize and manage their own emotions, but also recognize and influence the emotions of others. It is a skill set that can be improved, even as personality remains stable. Although IQ is often thought of as a strong component of employment, studies actually show that 90% of high performers have a high level of emotional intelligence. Jennifer also touched on goal setting and challenged the students with an activity making them think outside of their comfort zone.

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