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You start by viewing your company through the EQ lens to discover your organizational obstacles—theelephants standing in the way of your company's success.
Headhunter and executive coach Caroline Stokes delivers a blend of recruiting and emotional intelligence strategies essential to helping you identify and tackle your elephants and acquire and retain key hires—thoseunicorns—that will help your company stand out, stay resilient, and drive growth.
Each chapter walks you through an organizational obstacle, gives you easy-to-implement advice, unpacks a key emotional intelligence factor, and offers questions for reflection so you can unlock your team's ability to hire the best candidates for the job. You'll also learn how to:Take ahuman-centric approach to your recruiting processCreate an onboarding process that fits yourcompany cultureDeliver honest feedback withemotional intelligence andempathySharpen your negotiating skills so you can focus on what matters most to key hiresBreak your team's addiction to busy and reclaim your creativityFind the root cause of yourfake unicorns
Plus, get an inside look at how industry leaders are setting the pace for diversity, inclusion, and support to help you navigate today's workplace landscape.
"More money goes into bureaucratizing the workforce than inspiring the millions of people who turn up to work hoping to be able to do a good job each day. If more organizations paid attention to the lessons of this book, they would find both their work and their lives transformed." —Margaret Heffernan, CEO and author of Willful Blindness
"In Elephants Before Unicorns, Caroline Stokes does an enlightening job of bringing emotional intelligence to the hiring, onboarding, engaging, developing, and leading aspects of people in organizations. Starting from her own frustration in big brand organizations, she followed her heart to discover the magic of what makes great organizations so special. There’s a lot you can use here to help transform your organization for the better. And it might save you some of the frustrations Caroline went through to get there." —Steven J. Stein, founder and executive chairman of Multi-Health Systems, coauthor of The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success and The EQ Leader
"In the advent of AI and robotics, fears abound about the future of work. Drawing on her vast experience as a business coach, Caroline cuts through the doom and gloom and offers an uplifting view of the next industrial revolution. In this informed, practical guide she demonstrates how tackling “elephants” or oft-invisible obstacles, while developing emotional intelligence is critical to success in an AI future. I recommend her book to people leaders who want to lean into their power and shape a future-forward workforce." —Christopher Young, VP of Entertainment Creation Products Autodesk
"Want to get ahead in the talent wars? In Elephants Before Unicorns, Caroline Stokes has created a wise, practical success manual for modern leaders. If you seek to build talented teams—and ensure your organization thrives in the age of AI—pick up this book now." —Dorie Clark, author of Entrepreneurial You and Stand Out, and adjunct professor Duke University Fuqua School of Business
"Caroline Stokes’ Elephants Before Unicorns is a must-read for business leaders. What worked for companies in the past will not work for forward-thinking organizations hoping to attract and retain the superstars of tomorrow. With humor and heart, Caroline brings her experience to bear in sharing how companies can win the war for talent and thrive in the AI age." —Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
"With Elephants Before Unicorns, Caroline Stokes brings her years of experience, emotional intelligence and must-learn lessons for business giants. In a time where hiring the right players for your team has never been more important, this book has the winning formula for any and every hiring decision. I recommend you ride this wave with Caroline and watch the magic happen." —Ian Curran, president and COO of Sega of America
"Elephants Before Unicorns is a must-read for organizational leaders, from CEOs to stressed-out recruiters. When it comes to transforming the how and why your organization finds talent, every organization has problem areas holding us back from potential greatness. Caroline does a wonderful job of helping us discover and address these elephants in our own organizations so we can all thrive! —Tim Sackett, president of HRU Technical Resources and author of The Talent Fix
"A mindful organization starts with mindful leaders. Elephants Before Unicorns is an invaluable resource for leaders who want to evolve their companies’ emotional intelligence and create a happier workplace for their teams." —Jacqueline Carter, partner at Potential Project International and author of The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results