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Emotions Impact Our Performance

Adults holding different emoji icons in front of faces.

To foster better decision-making for yourself and others, it's essential to recognize the influence of emotions in our lives.

Every day, we encounter situations that trigger emotional responses within our minds. These emotions stimulate the release of hormones into our bloodstream, generating a range of feelings.

Regardless of your preferences, emotions are a constant presence throughout our daily experiences. At the dining room table, driving to work, out for a walk, spending time with family and friends, in a meeting, interacting with colleagues.

These emotions and feelings have far-reaching effects, especially on our decision-making. Consider a scenario where you're in a meeting, and a new change is introduced to your team. If your initial emotion is fear, it will trigger your body's fight-or-flight response, potentially leading to feelings of overwhelm, worry, anxiety, or insecurity.

Conversely, if your initial emotion is anger, you may find yourself feeling frustrated, mad or annoyed.

On the other hand, beginning with happiness may lead to feelings of confidence, gratitude, grace, curiosity, or joy.

It's evident how these feelings stemming from different emotions can significantly impact the choices you make regarding the newly introduced change. Feeling worried might incline you to avoid taking any action, while anger may lead you to actively resist it. If you feel joyful and excited, you may be more open to it.

In a meeting with ten participants, each one is experiencing a similar emotional and feeling process, potentially leading to a diverse range of responses.

Gone are the days when we could ignore the role of emotions and feelings in our workplaces. Gone are the days when we told people to leave their baggage at the door.

Being human means experiencing a wide spectrum of emotions, and for more productive and engaged individuals, teams, and cultures, we must integrate emotions and feelings into our planning for the future and discussions as leaders.


A Team Human Conversation

Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.

  1. How do emotions impact our team dynamics and collaboration?

  2. What are some common emotional challenges our team members are facing in their roles? How can we better support each other in managing and expressing our emotions constructively?

  3. In what ways can we leverage emotional intelligence to enhance our communication, decision-making, and problem-solving within the team?


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