- January 23, 2019
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Are You Overwhelmed and Emotionally Stressed?
By Elie Habib…
Are you overwhelmed by the faster pace of technological change than ever before, the need to constantly evolve strategy and expectation, and the constant inflow of external network pressure? Does the commitment to correcting an underperforming organization stress you out and take away from the ever-elusive work-life balance?
You’re not alone!!
This scenario of being pushed beyond one’s personal capacity affects the lives of many professionals regardless of position and function. It causes men and women alike to feel as though they are frustrating their colleagues, impacting the company negatively, and severely limiting their own careers. Even executives and superstar performers have limited capacity and if worked beyond that point will eventually burn-out, leading to a vicious downward spiral.
As a result of this overcapacity, executives are slow to keep up with the rapid change required to scale a business.
In these trying times, emotional intelligence becomes a must-have skill for executives. Emotional intelligence is the underlying tool that allows executives to build awareness of their environment and of their own mental state – the first step in adapting to change as opposed to resisting it.
In this article titled “How to Embrace Change Using Emotional Intelligence” published by HBR, the authors recommend four steps or strategies to execute:
Identify the source of your resistance: understanding the underlying reasons for your resistance requires a high level of self-awareness
Question the basis of your emotional response: usually, our response is based on a set of emotional assumptions that influence our behavior and anger
Own your part in the situation: fess up to the part you play in creating a negative situation
Turn up your positive outlook: having a positive outlook can open us up to new possibilities and greater receptiveness to change
The gateway to overcoming your sense of limitation and resistance to change begins with increasing your personal competence, self-awareness, self-management, and rationalizing your emotions for a positive outcome. Regardless of what business you’re in, the technology cycle you deal with, or the competitive nature of the company’s market sectors, the requirement to manage your own emotions, think clearly, and solve problems under pressure will be your best skills to nurture and deploy.
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