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No matter how resolute one becomes to strengthening their own emotional intelligence level, the fact remains that people around them aren’t necessarily emotionally intelligent. For that matter, even when aware of the emotional intelligence concept, people don’t always want to grow. That leaves an emotionally intelligent individual on an island in a low emotional intelligence ocean. It can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be a drowning experience. A key value of emotional intelligence is its infectious nature. The tips below can help anyone who feels alone and disheartened on the island find hope.

 

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How to Deal with Low EI in others

Ride it out
In every workplace, in every family, in every group of friends, there are varying levels of emotional intelligence. For someone who has high emotional intelligence, it can be difficult to understand the thoughts and behaviors of those with lower EI. At the same time, it is important to remember that everyone is always growing as a person, and everyone has shown displays of low EI at some point. No one is above it. What does that mean? It means if individuals continue to show high emotional intelligence traits to others through example, others will also eventually learn.

Discuss it
Most times; an individual won’t react well to being told they have low emotional intelligence and poor people skills. Igniting growth has to be gradual and tactful. How can change be encouraged? When someone with low EI says “I just don’t know how she can stay so calm!” An appropriate response may be “I think she is probably taking a few minutes to digest the situation before going forward. That’s probably a good idea.” This kind of statement is not accusatory or authoritative but suggests a positive line of thinking.

Avoid it
It wouldn’t be realistic to ignore that sometimes situations are just out of hand. A really insensitive boss who won’t change despite staff efforts to combat the behavior or a friend who doesn’t really act like a friend and drags other people down can be very stressful. There are times like those when it may make sense to look for a new job or distance that friendship. However, the avoidance measure should probably be saved for last. In most cases, patience and/or discussion pays off.

Tackle it

If a person is aware they struggle with relationships and their emotions, they can seek training to help. Emotional intelligence training is a good solution to offer a friend or employee who feels like they can’t quite understand their emotions or be intuitive in relationships.

 

To sum it up, dealing with people that have low EI essentially involves combating their behavior with high EI. As Daniel Goleman said “In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels” (Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ). The trick is learning to understand the side that feels and teaching others to do the same.

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This Blog has been featured by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Sources such as HLN have also been home to publications by Dr. Farnaz Namin-Hedayati and she has been cited by the Orlando Business Journal

Center for Work Life of Orlando, Florida is an award-winning executive development firm providing leadership and management training to executives and organizations. Our main services include executive coachingleadership developmentexecutive succession planningemotional intelligence trainingcareer planningstaff development, and communication in the workplace.

 

Life is full of surprises and unexpected challenges. Business is also full of unpredictable circumstances. However, the negative impact of unforeseeable situations is greatly minimized when a plan is in place to deal with the problem. A great example of a strategic planner is Professor Xavier from X Men (loved character of the X Men franchise who most recently appeared in X Men Days Of Future Past). As a leader, Professor X keeps the X Men safe and on track. Part of that involves thinking ahead. He takes time to strategize and prepare for potential situations that may arise. Sure, his preparations don’t always save the day, but his leadership and the effort to plan certainly help reduce damage. Like Professor X, leaders who see successful outcomes are well aware that there must be a balance of planning and flexibility for change. Talent development, leadership training, strong communication and mission are all vital aspects of business success, but they are also pieces of a puzzle and must be fit together with thought and strategy.

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Strategic Planning Tips

Approach planning with company mission in mind

Play devil’s advocate with every decision

Learn from the past

Utilize a system, like SWAT planning for structure

Break away from tradition and be innovative

Strive to invite input and consensus

Map out a plan of attack

Always proof and experiment as much as possible

Have a back-up strategy

Stay positive and give it 100%

 

 

Effective leadership and strategic planning are equally as crucial to business success as they are to X Men survival. Professor Charles Xavier said “When an individual acquires great power, the use or misuse of that power is everything. Will it be used for the greater good? Or will it be used for personal or for destructive ends?” As an organization forming a strategic plan, it is important to keep the common good in mind, just as it is important to invest in leaders who care. At the end of the day, strong leadership and a good strategic plan will win out against the obstacles of modern business.

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This Blog has been featured by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Sources such as HLN have also been home to publications by Dr. Farnaz Namin-Hedayati and she has been cited by the Orlando Business Journal

Center for Work Life of Orlando, Florida is an award-winning executive development firm providing leadership and management training to executives and organizations. Our main services include executive coachingleadership developmentexecutive succession planningemotional intelligence trainingcareer planningstaff development, and communication in the workplace.

 

Not having a succession plan is risky, and 92% of organizations recognize the plight of foregoing one. Despite the proven success of succession plans at leading Fortune 500 companies, such as McDonalds and LL Bean, a recent study by The Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and The Institute of Executive Development (IED) revealed that only 46% of respondents have a formal process for developing successor candidates for key executive positions. Meanwhile, statistics show that 40% of CEOs fail within their first 18 months. Like the NFL draft, companies swarm to grab outside candidates. They hardly stop to notice or nurture potential within their ranks. Or in many cases, organizations have failed to implement a successful recruiting structure for employees in the first place which leaves them few internal options. When done correctly, succession planning can help decrease the number of failures and benefit organizations in many ways.

Benefits of Succession Planningcredit SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

  • Avoids chaos during leadership transitions
  • Helps individuals realize their goals and aspirations
  • Grows stability of the organization’s work culture
  • Strengthens skills through a mentorship model
  • Positively impacts the bottom-line
  • Often improves inter-departmental relationships

 

As the statics show, succession planning is a sore subject in the business world. Companies are struggling to successfully implement succession plans due to the slow economy, changing technology and ever evolving competition. Below is a Center for Work Life video with some quick tips to help organizations get back on track with succession planning.

 

 

Visit Center for Work Life’s Succession Development services page to learn more or get in touch here to start professional succession planning training.

 

Photo Credit: SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget

 

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This Blog has been featured by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Sources such as HLN have also been home to publications by Dr. Farnaz Namin-Hedayati and she has been cited by the Orlando Business Journal

Center for Work Life of Orlando, Florida is an award-winning executive development firm providing leadership and management training to executives and organizations. Our main services include executive coachingleadership developmentexecutive succession planningemotional intelligence trainingcareer planningstaff development, and communication in the workplace.

 

 

 

EI & Conflict Resolution: Leader Negotiation Skills

The movie Anchorman charmed movie watchers when it was released in 2004. Though approached from a comedic standpoint, it touched on topics like women in business and workplace conflict. Everyone laughed when Ron and Veronica hit each other with rude remarks in the movie, but demeaning comments between employees are far too common in the workplace.

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES

In fact, statistics reveal the struggle managers face in terms of conflict in the workforce. The typical manager spends 25-40% of his or her time dealing with employee conflicts. That’s one to two days of every work week (Washington Business Journal, May 2005). These disagreements can stem from lack of emotional intelligence, work life balance frustrations, lack of communication skills and more. Delving into team development and leadership training can help identify the root of conflict and implement effective change. However, some conflicts can be resolved with minor adjustments.

Today, Dr. Farnaz shares tips for managers in conflict resolution and explains how negotiation is part of the resolution process. This video provides quick tips for leaders, human resources or any professional dealing with a dispute.

 

EI & Conflict Resolution: Leader Negotiation Skills

 

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This Blog has been featured by the West Orange Chamber of Commerce. Sources such as HLN have also been home to publications by Dr. Farnaz Namin-Hedayati and she has been cited by the Orlando Business Journal

Labor Day is around the corner so everyone’s making travel plans and thinking about gas prices. There’s nothing wrong with that, but here in our corner, we’ve been thinking about the spirit of Labor Day. Sure, Labor Day fun facts are popping up around the internet: Labor Day began in Canada in 1872 (Forbes) and on February 21st 1887, Oregon was the first state to legally make Labor Day a holiday. There are many more interesting facts to go around, but what piqued our curiosity is the meaning of Labor Day.

The United States Department of Labor describes Labor Day as being dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. What a fantastic and necessary dedication to hard working Americans who continue to strive for more. This country is most certainly built on hard work and sacrificial leadership. Each day, well known American’s like Oprah and lesser heard of American’s such as Georgia-Pacific Professional’s 2012 Great American Worker contest winner Rose Cceberio, push further and further to achieve and build a better future. So in honor of Labor Day, we’ve compiled a list containing some of the greatest American Workers and achievers whom symbolically stand for free enterprise and the opportunistic qualities of the American dream:

  • Eli Whitney‘s invention of the cotton gin in 1793 was a game changer. Though the cotton gin unfortunately further spurred the slave industry in the South, it also revolutionized the American cotton and trade industry.
  • In 1890, Frederick W. Taylor pioneered the field of scientific management in the late 19th century, carefully plotting the functions of various workers and then devising new, more efficient ways for them to do their jobs.
  • In 1913 Henry Ford introduced the assembly line, a step in the process that became known as mass-production. Of course, Ford’s accomplishments enabled cars to be accessible by every-day citizens.

    Henry Ford Working. Photo Credit: Inc.com

    Henry Ford Working. Photo Credit: Inc.com

  • On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened (The Street). This was one of Walt Disney’s greatest accomplishments. Neal Gabler told CBS News that Disney’s “greatest legacy was his mindset that you could look at the world and impose your will on it. You could control a world that seemed so out of control. He seemed to make dreams come true.”
  • Sam Walton launched the first Wal-Mart in 1962.
  • On June 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws ushered in the blockbuster era in Hollywood.
  • Also in 1975, Bill Gates began his Micro-Soft software venture, which went on to have a defining role in technology and culture (NPR).
  • In 1986, Oprah launched the Oprah Winfrey Show which eventually amassed some 42 million viewers and improved lives around the country.
  • Steve Jobs pioneered the launch of the Iphone in 2007, which has gone on to make MSN Money’s top 10 list of best selling products ever, raking in $150 billion revenue for Apple as of 2012.

 

Clearly, this list could go on for ages. Hardworking Americans have set the bar for top achievement. From visionary leaders to public speakers, this country produces and nurtures bright minds. The future holds many more astounding achievements for Americans, and today we celebrate the hard work it takes to make big things happen. Visionaries lead the way, but every day in the office or the factory, strong-willed people make these dreams transform our world. This Labor Day, remember the great accomplishments of the past and celebrate the amazing feats to come.

 

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