Emotional Intelligence…
is yours working for you?
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Originally published June 4, 2013

 True or false…
Just as there’s no crying in baseball, there’s no emotion in the workplace?

A friend of mine was recently having her yearly review.  She had excelled in running her department, reducing budget waste, and training co-workers.  However, her boss told her flat out, ‘You will never be promoted due to your lack of emotional intelligence.’  Understandably, my friend was angry.  She does her job well and receives raves from not only her team mates, but her outside vendors.  So where’s the gap?  Can Emotional Intelligence be learned?  Should the company provide training?  How might she help herself? 

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is yet another big HR buzz word.  Often called a ‘soft skill,’ personally, I believe there’s nothing soft about it…especially if it’s keeping you and your organization from reaching professional goals.
So how do you increase your
Emotional Intelligence?
Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to effectively perceive, express, understand and manage your emotions and the emotions of others in an effective and appropriate manner.  Research has proven that EI is a strong predictor of success in the workplace, more so than IQ, skill sets, personality, and experience. In essence, Emotional Intelligence equals Interpersonal Effectiveness, and the more effective you are with others, the more successful you’ll be.

Enhancing and developing a greater awareness and application of Emotional Intelligence will have a significant impact in all aspects of your life, including more self-awareness and improved relationships with co-workers, friends and family. People who improve their EI capabilities are able to decrease stress – personally and professionally, enhance interpersonal relationships, and demonstrate greater leadership and decision-making skills. Even more important, increasing Emotional Intelligence has a direct and positive effect on your level of consciousness.

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Check out this great article on how one company truly raised the EI of its workers for incredible results.
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How can you get started on increasing your teams EI as well as your own?  Inspire Bliss can help!  Our Energy Leadership Index Assessment results can be compared to getting a quantitative reading on one’s Emotional Intelligence.  Hmmm…there’s no place for emotions in the workplace. But there is. Emotions can be thought of as a motivational system.  They move us towards or away from something that’s important. 
There are no limits as to the potential growth that you can achieve. Once you realize that your level of consciousness is directly related to your actions, you can move from functioning effectively to functioning optimally. Let us help you and your team better understand yourselves and begin to further develop your emotional intelligence.  Contact us today to get started!   
Here’s to discovering your bliss!
Lesley
www.InspireBlissCoaching.com 

 

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