Changing jobs from the inside can be a powerful way to get more out of your work life. This site is about workplace challenges and how work makes you feel — and what YOU can do to turn all those not always positive feelings about work into real lasting change.
As a career coach, my goal is to help you identify opportunities for change that you otherwise might not think about. Or, maybe you do think about them and simply don’t believe anything YOU do can make a difference. But you can make a difference. With a little patience, these tips can help you learn new methods. And new ways of looking at things — so you acquire the awesome power to change your own work life!
With his 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman brought the concept of workplace emotions (and just how much they affect our work lives) into the mainstream. If you google “emotional intelligence” you’ll find different ideas about the exact definition. But I’m not 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. And how people respond to you, a very valuable job change tool.
By learning how to observe, identify, and work with emotions (and people), 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, except as a workplace reality show that does nothing to help you.
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 with a few words to the wise we can aim for the second picture!