The “Emotional Tools” that we learn from work, parents and each other can make the difference between success and failure. Your emotional intelligence can be gauged by how you process interactions with friends, family and strangers. If someone corrects your mistake, do you get angry or do you use that knowledge to improve?
We all know the phrase, “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.” We need to adapt to the work environment that we are in. Even when fooled twice, do you own up to the mistake or do you hide it from your co-workers? Enron fell into this trap and imploded because of it.
Emotional intelligence (EQ) gives us a way to talk about how people navigate the world. Far more important than IQ in most settings, emotional intelligence can be learned, but it rarely is. My take is that not only is it important for dealing with work and personal situations, it also makes you a better consumer of marketing.
- Seth Godin
Seth is an entrepreneur/blogger a head of his time. The reason he is successful is because of his emotional intelligence. All the profits earned at Squidoo goes to the Squidoo Charity Fund, which supports non-profits such as NPR, March of Dimes, and Save the Children. He knows that he has to give back to the world that helped him become successful.
That is why so many people can work hard for a company. They are rewarded by the company for their efforts. They don’t mind double checking that extra report because they know it’s appreciated. The first feeling I experienced when I was assigned to do a task that was outside of my normal duties was anger. I didn’t want to do the work that someone else was too lazy to do. If you are being taken advantage of, you must speak up. However, if your skills are needed to complete the task, then do it right. Using your EQ to settle your thoughts to work on that report and make sure it’s done right can make the difference between a promotion or disappointment from a manager or co-worker.
We should never stop adding tools to out “Emotional Toolbox” because we will be rewarded with a better experience. Stress will be lowered, creativity expanded and enjoyment will be extracted more easily from every day work life. I know this because I’ve seen emotionally stable people receive the promotions at work and they seem to create a more enjoyable environment for the rest of the staff.
Over the next few months Work Happy Now! will be exploring the foundation of the emotions and how they relate to work. Stay tuned for great ideas on how to improve your emotional outlook at your job.
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