The call for social skills in leadership (often referred to as 'soft' skills) and emotional intelligence (or ‘EQ’) isn’t anything new. You may not find these listed in the job spec, however more and more, companies are looking to recruit employees who can not only demonstrate outstanding expertise, but also collaborate and communicate on teams.
If you’ve travelled through the clouds, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the safety instructions in the event of oxygen masks making an appearance mid-flight.
It’s an important metaphor for those who tend to run around taking care of everything and focusing on everyone else other than themselves.
If the aspiration is to follow your bliss, the inference of course is that you actually know what ‘your bliss’ is. So let’s imagine that you do have an idea about what you’d really like to do with your life, and that it’s not what you’re doing now.
So the obvious question is ‘why are you still doing what you do?
Stress. It can make us less responsive, less creative, and less effective. Often stress is referred to as mental or emotional pressure coupled with the psychological effects as a result, however it’s important to realise that in fact it’s a reaction between the mind and body and therefore, how we feel, think and physically behave are all significant factors.
Listening. One of the most important communication skills we can utilise. However, while the majority of us learn to read and write from an early age, the ability to listen – and by that I mean truly understanding another human being - is something many of us have received little guidance in mastering.
During one of the workshops I regularly facilitate, participants take part in a storytelling exercise where I ask each individual to speak for one minute. We’re very strict on timing - one minute exactly – and they can choose from three different topics. And the point is…? Well, we use the exercise to feed back to each other and discuss/explore the different things people find compelling.
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