John Murphy: Emotional Intelligence and Life After Corporate TPS150

TPS150John Murphy is a results-oriented business coach and mentor to senior executives and CEOs. He’s a great communicator with broad experience and is skilled at discussing issues that make businesses and individuals grow and thrive. John lives and works in the south of France, originally from Ireland.

Before starting his own business John enjoyed a highly successful career in the corporate world. He began as a door-to-door life assurance salesman and culminated as the CEO of a Pan European Life Assurance Company in Ireland. John started his business, John Murphy International, in 2004 and has worked worldwide across a broad range of industries. His clients include Pfizer, State Street Bank, Vodafone and Johnson & Johnson.


  • John talks about the decision he made to leave corporate and start his own business.
  • Freedom is about having choices.
  • In the corporate world, I learned good habits, so my business got off to a good start.
  • There wasn’t much value in sitting around and wondering if I made the right decision.
  • When you leave corporate, you understand how much you’ve learned about the totality of business.
  • The downside of leaving corporate is that you see how many things you took for granted.
  • I loved being a CEO and putting teams together, so I decided that’s what I would do with my own business.
  • I use emotional intelligence principles very widely.
  • It’s emotional intelligence, not IQ, that is the indicator of success.
  • People with low emotional intelligence find it hard to coach and lead other people.
  • You have to be totally present with people in order to help them.
  • You can’t be one way at work and another way at home.
  • There is a direct relationship between your emotional intelligence and the results you produce.
  • Emotional Intelligence is becoming much more important in large companies.
  • If you have deficiencies in certain areas, you can develop strategies to overcome them.
  • There are techniques you can use for overcoming the fear of expressing emotions.
  • Whatever you’re feeling and expressing is valid.
  • Don’t be concerned about what other people say.
  • Ignoring stress is not the same managing it.
  • Trust yourself about who you are.


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