Fuel Innovation thru Negative Emotions

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Have you ever seen a leader authentically invite employees to openly talk about whatever they’re feeling, even when it’s anger directed toward the leader or the company? Chances are you haven’t, because most leaders would consider this inappropriate or losing face, and they avoid it. However, these leaders miss out on a great opportunity to stimulate creativity and innovation.

Emotions arise to warn us that, if ...

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How Do You Keep Employees Enthused Over the Long Haul?

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I recently heard an interview with a performer in the Blue Man Group, the popular theatrical organization. This guy said that for the first year he was with the group, he knew he had the best job in the world. He got to fully use his artistic skills in a uniquely fun and rewarding environment, and there was even room for improvisation to keep him on his ...

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Stop Letting Emotions Hijack Your Teams

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Have you noticed that you can be in a good mood and then walk into a meeting and suddenly you’re feeling negative or disheartened, and you don’t even know why? Researchers have proven that three people can sit in close proximity, and within a minute or two the most emotionally active will have transmitted their mood to the other two, even without saying or doing anything. ...

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Three Ways Even the Best Leaders Kill Team Spirit

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The most elite teams have it and we’ve all felt it. It’s that tangible energy that surrounds the highest performing teams. Research shows the most innovative teams have it far more than others, and it’s strongest when there’s a reciprocated positive emotional bond between each team member. It’s not too difficult to facilitate, but really easy to shatter.

Bad leaders do lots of obviously harmful ...

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The Emotion of Business Agility

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I shake my head in frustration when I see business leaders try to get employees to accept a change initiative by convincing them of the business case. Although this is the classic way to overcome employee resistance, it’s trying to quell fear with logic, and that’s really difficult to do. Employees don’t like change because it introduces fear of the unknown, and employees accept ...

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What Do the Most Innovative Teams Have in Common?

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I recall leading a team that I wanted to become more innovative. I thought the key was to set aside time for them to think about how to add more value to our clients and how to solve our most pressing problems. That was before I understood what the most innovative people already know: innovative thoughts don’t come about thru logical thinking. Study of successful, repeat entrepreneurs ...

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Why Not Let Employees Have It Their Way?

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I recall hearing a story about a manager who was frustrated because one of his employees, a business analyst, liked to work under his desk. The manager tried to persuade him that working while seated at his desk would be a much better idea, but the employee like the solitude and privacy under the desk. Finally the manager went to his boss, a director, in frustration ...

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Give Employees Their Say

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It’s common these days for employees to have a say in improving the processes of an organization, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to create an exceptional team spirit that only the most elite organizations possess, give employees a strong voice in establishing all of the structure, even the HR policies and quality standards. ...

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What’s the First Step in Saving a Flailing Company (or Nation)?

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Boost the energy of its people.  All results flow from the energy of the people. When people are wrapped up in fear and frustration, they simply can’t compete. They miss opportunities, are unable to fully focus on their goals, and have poor judgment. In contrast, when people experience positive emotions and especially when they are heartfelt, they can see opportunities that others miss, focus on tasks with ...

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Test the Influence of Emotions on Your Performance

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Have you noticed that your emotional state has a huge influence on how sharp you are? You can test this for yourself.

First think about something that makes you angry or frustrated. Is there a person at work who really irritates you, a social issue that you find frustrating, or a personal problem that you’re struggling to solve? Let yourself feel the ...

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