Emotions are chemicals released in response to our interpretation of a specific trigger. It takes our brains about 1/4 second to identify the trigger, and about another1/4 second to produce the chemicals.
Many, if not all organizations today face the reality that change isn’t happening every few years but rather that it is happening continuously and at a rapid pace. There is a need to ensure that people have the skills, awareness and attitude to make change happen. Rather than change from a plan, people across the organization need to engage.
The old model of teamwork identified star performers, promoted them and rewarded them. Even if someone left a trail of destruction but got the desired results, they were viewed as stars. But in today’s complex world, it’s difficult for just one person to have a complete vision. Increasingly, performance is explained by our capability to work with others to solve problems and create synergies among multiple talents.
Practical emotional intelligence starts with observing how you feel and behave to create awareness. This then allows you to take responsibility for both your feelings and behaviour to create a more positive impact on all areas of your life. From here you are then able to practice responding rather than reacting which assists in practicing empathy with yourself and others.
There is a growing urgency to be practicing Emotional Intelligence now more than ever before. Sometimes it takes an obvious physical pain before we realize that we need to give support both emotionally and physically.