Emotion: What I Learned From Chasing Mom with a Plastic Bug
I chased mom around the house with a plastic bug when I was young and foolish. I laughed. She screamed. It was a short-term strategy.
Emotion can’t tell truth from fantasy.
Emotion, reality, and perception:
Emotion reflects perception.
A horror movie isn’t real, but it’s real scary. After the movie you can’t sleep because aliens might take control of your mind.
Expectation creates emotion.
You expect a raise. The boss invites you to the office. You’re excited. You expect to get fired. The boss invites you to the office and your heart races. Actually, your heart races in both instances.
Want creates emotion.
You don’t get the promotion you wanted. You feel sad, frustrated, even vengeful.
Experience impacts emotion.
The first time you lead a meeting, you sweat like a pig. The hundredth time, you lean back with your hands behind your head.
Your relationship with emotion matters more than the things you feel.
I enjoy being scared at a movie. I even like the cheap thrills. (Although The Grudge scares the crap out of me! I can’t watch it.)
A person controlled by emotion is unstable, unpredictable, unreliable, and eventually unhappy.
We make emotions.
Keeping a gratitude journal generates positive emotion. Reality doesn’t change, but your relationship with it does.
Make your passion instead of following your passion.
Logic doesn’t resolve emotion.
It didn’t help to tell mom it was a fake bug. You can tell yourself it’s just a movie but you’re still afraid. Just accept it.
You may need to contradict emotion.
Examine your bank account when buying a car, not your feelings.
Emotion isn’t the judge of reality.
Use performance metrics when evaluating employees, not whether you like them or not.
How is emotion helpful/harmful to effective leadership?
How might leaders manage their emotions?
Dan Often your Team can see through your attempt to control your emotions. When our company was in severe financial trouble, the younger staff told me later that whenever I spoke the slowest and calmest to them, they knew things were the worst! Brad
How is emotion helpful/harmful to effective leadership? Sometimes your the fly and sometimes your the flyswatter. Both have results that reflect a quick reflex or long term challenge when you miss. The same applies when we show emotions some people have a short term affect and others may last a lifetime. The loyal workers who wished to spend lifetime start over at 40. Some are devastated others move forward.
How might leaders manage their emotions? Make the plan that you know can succeed, spend time researching which are the best options. Do your homework in the sense of betterment for all. If any doubts consult with people that you trust with their viewpoints
We actively try to not engage emotion at all, and to be driven totally by logic. In science it’s easier to do because nobody is asking us to do what we do from a position of emotion.
On Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 4:36 AM Leadership Freak wrote:
> Dan Rockwell posted: ” I chased mom around the house with a plastic bug > when I was young and foolish. I laughed. She screamed. It was a short-term > strategy. Emotion can’t tell truth from fantasy. Emotion, reality, and > perception: Emotion reflects perception. A” >
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I have heard that 100% of our decisions(and therefore actions) are emotional. We decide emotionally first and justify rationally/logically..