So excited to present this to the Northwest Equal Employment Opportunity group on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Emotional intelligence (EI) skills are essential for the healthy workplace and our well-being. The World Economic Forum in its report on the Future of Jobs lists EI skills as part of its Top 10 cross-functional skills needed for the 4th Industrial Revolution. Workplace organizations that value people-centered cultures are evolving because employees are happier, more engaged, effective, productive and innovative. Organizations are focusing on well-being, creating cultures where autonomy, self-awareness, other-awareness, accountability, strengths-based communication and excellence is valued.
What is emotional intelligence? How do we cultivate and expand these skills? What does it mean to be strengths-based? When we become more attentive to ourselves and others, we expand our capacity to recognize our filters, blind spots, biases, triggers and motivation. We also increase our ability to constructively self-regulate and interact compassionately with others when our preprogrammed survival brain is hijacking our frontal executive functioning. We can begin to discern the complexities and nuances between intention and impact, and take accountability for our role in every situation we are engaged in.