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.

You Say You're Approachable?

by blogadmin 25. April 2018 04:43

Rhoda Kreuzer | Special Communication Edition | April 25, 2018

At times, we can all come across with an aloof attitude or seem put out. We all have our moments, but some dwell in Sourville. Your ability to connect with people and stay connected is directly determined on how approachable you are. Simon Sinek puts it another way in his Ted Talk, "Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe".

Colleagues and customers will marginalize you if you lack approachability. Family and friends may even disconnect from you if they cannot gain your attention, if you always seem moody, appear constantly busy, or put yourself on a pedastal. If people cannot trust the consistency of your attitude and moods, they simply will not trust you. They will stop approaching you and communications shut down. No communications means no team work.

Personal Challenge: 

Take a short quiz published by Mindtools.com to get an idea of just how approachable you are. Score yourself and then think about the suggested strategies for becoming more approachable in 4 different areas: Look Available, Listening Skills, Verbal Communication, and Body Language. Focus most on where your score is low. What simple change to the way your manage or communicate will make the most impact? 

     

POWER, PURPOSE & PEOPLE: Does your organization have the right mix?

by blogadmin 2. April 2018 01:00

POWER - PURPOSE - PEOPLE. These three words seem to have little in common, but in fact, they are the essential fuel for your business or organization. Success comes not just because we hope it will happen, but rather because we understand the impact of these three words.

POWER is critical because if you are using the wrong type of power, it will fail. For example, some leaders try to use positional power. "I am the boss" is their refrain and they expect subordinates to do what they want because of their title. This type of power is doomed to fail as others will only follow you if you lead from who you are and caring about them.

PEOPLE are critical because without a dedicated team, we have assets, but we are not a business. We have no capacity to produce or serve if it were not for the people who make up our organizations. Leaders who invest in people are the true winners.

PURPOSE is critical because without a sense of mission or purpose we have no direction; nothing on which to base decisions or attract customers and clients. Clarifying our purpose allows us to attract the right employees, customers, and clients. Leaders know that without vision and purpose, organizations will wither and fail.

Challenge:  Make POWER, PEOPLE, and PURPOSE your focus and watch the difference that will emerge in your organization. 

 

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