BOOST Your Emotional Intelligence At Work

by blogadmin 31. July 2018 00:57

Carol Helsel | HR & Recruiting Edition | July 31, 2018

 

Most people know it's not a good idea to be highly emotional at work. Emotional intelligence or EQ is the ability to identify and manage our emotions. Have you considered, though, our ability to manage other people's emotions? Or what type of emotion we should display for any given situation?

Research suggests that people who are more emotionally intelligent are also more successful at work, in relationships, and stay healthier. Psychologists say it's not easy to improve, but if you are brave and motivated enough to want to learn how others see you, you can make positive changes.

Below are listed first 10 of "21 Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence". Check them out and get a good start onto becoming more emotionally healthy. Do take some more time to read the full article as it is very valuable to overall leadership and personal growth. 

1. Pick one area below to improve on.

2. Surround yourself with people who don't necessarily agree with you.

3. Find a "career" mirror or friend to help you reflect on your emotions.

4. Assign someone to be your "loving critic" at work.

5. Try to see things from another's perspective.

6. Give people the benefit of the doubt.

7. Ask people directly what they are feeling.

8. Learn to empathize without getting overly emotionally invested.

9. Pretend to be humble.

10. Know what sets you off and watch for it. 

Personal Challenge:  What area did you pick to begin working on? How about picking someone to serve as your "career mirror" or "loving critic"? Talk to that person today to begin seeing yourself as others see you.

Teams: Check Your Math!

by blogadmin 16. July 2018 04:08

Rhoda Kreuzer | Team Building Edition 

  

 

Of course, you say, "the answer is 4!"

Indeed, but healthy teams calculate differently. Their team building formula suggests that no matter how many individuals you add together, the result will always add up to one, strong, healthy, working team.

Strong teams know that each individual brings unique perspective, experiences, and preferences to the team. However, once these separate characteristics are brough to the team, they are interwoven tightly and function together to achieve the goals and objectives of the team.

If we continue to act like individuals, we will miss out on the most amazing results. Indeed, four individuals can accomplish much. But, the most complex goals take the unity and integration of each person to achieve them.

Think of an orchestra playing a beautiful piece of music. Different individuals play different instruments, different notes, and at different times. But - it is one masterful piece - one destination - one meldious result!

It is through such collaboration the the most amazing performances occur.

Personal and Team Challenge:

Are you a team where each member is integrated together to perform amazingly?

Or, are you a group of individuals, all working hard, and all just getting by?

Check your math. Apply the team building formula. See if the team that works as one is not the best!

All the Best,

Rhoda 

 

Stay In The Right Lane

by blogadmin 18. June 2018 03:09

Rhoda Kreuzer  |  Team Building Edition  | June 18, 2018

While driving down a winding road, I quickly came upon a sharp curve in the road. As I started braking, I had that sinking feeling - you know the one where an adrenaline rush follows? I had an overwhelming fear of going into the ditch. Well, I was able to keep control, applying the brakes well enough to make it through the turn and keep on going. After driving awhile, I realized indeed that there were guardrails; a preventative measure set in place to help keep people in their lane, on the road and safe from harm.

In life, teams seem to work at such a fast speed that when there are turns, twists, and changes ahead, they struggle or without much thought must make the needed adjustment. It is taxing and stressful to operate this way. 

Are you picking the right team members? (What happened when Steve Jobs did.) Do you have guardrails for your team? Are there boundaries that prevent them from moving outside their "lane"? How do you coach them (here's one good approach) so that they keep aligned, focused, and in their "lane" heading for the right destination without obstacles? By setting expectations, boundaries, and building in accountability for their work, you create a sound environment for them to make solid decisions.

Your team will enjoy the journey, arrive at their destination safely, on time, and ready to "hit the road" again!

Personal Challenge:

Where does your team seem to face obstacles and get held up the most? What guardrails and boundaries will help them stay on track and in the right "lane"? How can you change your approach in leadership to include more coaching, accountability, and recognition? Start today and enjoy the ride!

 

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