Success & Excellence in the Workplace
“Our greatest opportunity for discovery and growth is in the thing we most often want to get away from: our work. It’s where people spend the majority of their time wishing they were doing something else; not being present; not being themselves. And it is this kind of disengagement that is so damaging to our souls.”
David Whyte, poet
And then we find out that so much more is required of us if we are going to survive the slings and arrows that the world of work presents to us on a daily basis.
We discover that there are demanding supervisors to please. Difficult and annoying co-workers and clients we wouldn’t ordinarily chose to work with. There are stressful deadlines to meet. And then there’s our own inner critic that never shuts up telling us how we’re not good enough for the job, and that it’s only a matter of time before others are going to find out the real truth about our capabilities.
Unfortunately, what we are not taught at school, is how to manage and monitor our emotional life. We are not taught how to be emotionally intelligent. The brain/mind is our most important and powerful asset, but at no point in our education were we ever given a user manual explaining how it works.
Understanding Emotional Intelligence and how the brain works, is vital for our success and that of others. We may not be able to change or control the external circumstances around us at work, but we always have the ability to control how we think about them.
What is Emotional Intelligence?
According to Daniel Goldman E.I. has four main categories:
1. Self- Awareness: How well do you know yourself? It’s the ability to know and own your weakness and strengths. To know what people and circumstances trigger you. What pushes your buttons. To know when to ask for help and when to give it to others.
2. Self-Management: This is the ability to manage your emotions, triggers, and stress levels. Can you control your anger? Do you come undone when criticized by others? Do you have a process when dealing with a stressful situation?
3. Empathy: Can you be truly present with co-workers? Do you have good, genuine listening skills? How do you show up for others?
4. Relationship Skills: Are you a good team player? Can you communicate with others clearly and dispassionately? Or are you constantly defending and rationalizing your position to others?
Linda Ford is available to speak about these concepts wherever there are people working together, and who are invested in creating an environment that fosters emotional intelligence.
She is also gives talks and workshops for university students who are about to embark on their careers.
- Growing the Confidence Muscle at Work: What is authentic confidence, and how does one nurture it? How to deal with the inner critic.
- Self-Coaching 101: Learn how to coach yourself and deal with stress at work, and understanding how the mind/brain works to either hinder or help you get the results you want at work.
- Blame Vs Responsibility: Learn how to take full responsibility for how you show up at work. What happens to you when you are criticized? How to respond to harsh treatment, even if it’s not your fault.
- Take This Job and Love it: Even if you don’t like your job, or the people you work with, it doesn’t mean you have to be miserable. Learn how to show up fully present. You might just change your mind.
Email: email@example.com to discuss further and schedule an event.
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