How you use your emotional energy will affect your ability to engage the people you manage. When an employee feels their boss’s energy is "too strong", and has crossed into their emotional space, it will generate a fight or flight response. The boss will be villainized in the process and it makes no difference how right they are. Learn about the powerful 40/40 reference for managing your emotional energy in a way that increases workplace engagement, for you and the people you manage.
- Have you ever tried to help an employee…or team member get something done right…only to have it backfire on you?…Chances are, their reaction had nothing to do…with the logic of the situation…and everything to do with how they felt about you,…especially if you crossed over the line…into their emotional space.…How you use your emotional energy has a big impact…on your ability to inspire and engage others.…If your energy is too strong with other people,…you cause a fight, flight, or freeze response…and it doesn't matter how right or how smart you are.…
When we're on the emotional stage by ourselves,…we own all the emotional energy on it.…When I ask people what they feel is fair…when somebody else is on that stage,…they typically say 50/50.…That's our notion of fairness,…I get half the cookie and you get half the cookie.…And that begs the question when have you ever been 50/50…on any emotional stage in your entire life?…Depending on the stage you're on,…you either have the weaker energy or the stronger energy.…
For example, if you're a manager on a stage…
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- Exercising discretionary effort
- Attracting engaged employees
- Assessing the fit of employees
- Making onboarding more engaging
- Learning from new employees
- Provide opportunities for career growth
- Clarifying objectives
- Measuring engagement using surveys
- Being present for employees
- Driving engagement with fun