So, the 2022 elections are in the history records for the most part and hopefully the marketplace can begin to find its rightful place of balance and returning to steady growth. The past few years have been a bit of a roller coaster ride with the ups and downs of the pandemic, the twists and turns of the political landscape and any number of other social distractions along the path. All of these various elements have contributed to a heightened sense of the who, what, when, where, why and how comes of the communities we participate in. From the neighborhood we live in, to the business setting we engage our talents. All of these are dependent on relationships between people.
The relationships we have in our lives are filled with numerous emotions which are triggered by any number of situations. The reference to the most recent elections is just one very intense time every 2 to 4 years when individual emotions get pretty intense on the candidates, their perspectives, and the proposals on the voting ballots. Not to mention the process of voting and the challenges that adds to the emotions of the effort to run a democratic republic.
The bigger challenge we as a society have, is that we are losing our ability to navigate all the emotions which fly around like witches on broom sticks casting spells of distrust, jaded opinions and any number of taboos all over the populations.
Here is where all of us whether in the work setting, home setting or social setting can pause and consciously take the temperature of the emotional dynamics we are in the middle of. This very deliberate pause and emotional check is what separates us as human beings from wild animals. Our brain capacity affords the opportunity to evaluate at a level more refined than just fight or flight.
When evaluating a situation, we need to determine the level of emotion and the intensity so we can have keen awareness and then regulate both ourselves and the outward emotional interactions which take place. This ebb and flow of managing emotions will then give each of us a fuller ability to be present and open toward constructive conflictive conversation.
Not everyone’s candidate or proposal was elected or passed. As a result, people have very defined emotions about how that outcome is going to impact them and the world around them. If we as human beings are not using the depths of our emotional intelligence, then we only contribute to the problem rather than being part of a fuller and more productive solution.
Although this communication has centered around the elections because they tend to be very emotionally charged, this same dynamic is present in your business on a daily basis. Between employees, customers, vendors, and leadership etc. What dynamics in your organization create emotionally charged situations which could benefit from awareness of emotional intelligence? It is very apparent that individual selfishness is alive and well in our culture. This results in many of us dismissing other people’s emotions in favor of only our own emotions being the correct ones. Unfortunately, this is only causing deeper and deeper wounds and building higher and higher fences around each of us. This week, look at how bringing emotional intelligence into a conscious level of appreciation and understanding will make your organization significantly better moving forward into 2023.
Looking for tools and processes to raise the understanding of and institutionalizing a level of emotional intelligence in your business? Give a Promise Guide at JKL Associates a call at FL (407) 984-7246 or MI (313) 527-7945.