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With his 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman brought the power of emotions into the mainstream. If you google the words “emotional intelligence” you’ll find different ideas about the exact definition. But I’m not too concerned about the scholarly take on it for our purposes.
Here on Work To The Wise, we’re instead going to stick to the core basics of emotional intelligence. How an awareness of your own feelings — and the feelings of people around you — can help change the way you respond to things. Especially as it affects you in the workplace.
By learning how to observe, identify, and work with emotions, you can actually change the way a job feels. And you can avoid a lot of unnecessary drama and automatic emotional triggers that serve no real purpose. Other than to provide a reality show that’s more entertaining than helpful.
Add to that some basic, practical street smarts, and you have a formula for workplace success. Not that it’s all quite that easy. But awareness — along with a willingness to try new things — is a great beginning. Luckily, new habits (even with occasional misses) can turn into lifelong faithful friends.
Well, at least we can aim for the second picture! ~ Ronnie Ann
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