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Get a Handle on Yourself

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - Joe Kiedinger

The mind is like an iceberg. It floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water.
–Sigmund Freud

Our brains are absolutely fascinating. And I believe that in my lifetime, science will make an astonishing discovery that causes us to completely re-think how we see ourselves. It’s undeniable that a mind/body/spirit connection exists (people certainly define ‘spirit’ their own way) and that our brains have both a thinking and feeling segment, but we understand so little about both.

Now’s the time to stand at the forefront of brain science and seek to know more. We’re already seeing that leaders of radically successful companies around the globe have begun to adopt this new focus. They’re leaning away from the old top-down model and leaning into Emotional Intelligence (E.I.). So what is E.I. anyway?

Emotional Intelligence = the ability to identify and manage one’s own emotions and the emotions of others.

We all know, emotions can run high in the workplace—especially when we’re consistently working with others who are very different than us or when we’re revisiting topics that have caused past turmoil. We can easily waste hours bickering, just as easily as we can let things fester and go unsaid—creating a toxic work environment.

That’s why it’s essential to get a handle on our emotions and those of others. It all starts with self-awareness. Throughout the day, take a good hard look at yourself and identify how you’re feeling. Next, ask yourself how those emotions are affecting others. You might be surprised.

JOE KIEDINGER

ACTION PLAN: Want to become the best version of yourself? Our Organizational Health program helps leaders harness the power of E.I. Shoot me an email and let’s have a conversation.