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Why Effective Emotional Management Creates Success

Why Effective Emotional Management Creates SuccessWhen you want to create change of some kind or transform your results, you focus on the possibility and opportunity that would open up. On the flip side, it also turns our thoughts to challenges that lie ahead too. As a result, you may feel or experience an increased sense of instability and fracturing of possibility and potential. Dealing with this effectively requires focus, commitment, clear direction, strong plans and action.

The aim is to find a way forward that delivers tangible results and enables you to succeed and thrive with the results that matter most to you. It is all about finding permanent and sustainable solutions to the challenges that could get in your way.

However, often there is a reliance and focus on conventional approaches and methodologies to achieve this that overlook a powerful skill and strategy that would increase the prospects of success.

That factor is emotional management. By emotional management I mean the ability to proactively identify how and why individual and group emotions will impact performance, progress and results, then use that information to create strategies, processes and methods to effectively manage those emotions to achieve specific outcomes. For example, if you want to improve performance or create changes of some kind, the usual strategic planning and implementation process would also include assessment of likely emotional drivers and responses, impact analysis and processes for managing those as part of an integrated approach to the situation and circumstances.

Creating change or achieving specific results is driven by how we behave. And our behaviour is heavily influenced and driven by how we think and feel. So, our emotions have a significant impact on how we behave and, therefore, on end results.

Unless we understand and manage emotions effectively, results become less predictable and less sustainable. One problem is that emotional management is a subject not commonly talked about, let alone embraced. Rarely do you hear conversations, especially in business and organisations, about emotions and how they impact current and future results. It is not often a factor considered when developing strategy and plans.

Emotion is often seen as a “soft” subject because it is not tangible. But, just because we cannot easily apply metrics to emotion its impact on outcomes is still significant.

Emotional management is, I believe, one of the main success and leadership skills and strategies required to succeed and thrive with the results that matter most to you. Those who do not accept and embrace this part of the success formula will not only miss opportunities but also risk not achieving the results they want at all. Emotions and their management need to become the norm as part of developing solutions, strategy and better results.

Success is driven by individual and collective behaviour. And behaviour is heavily influenced by emotions. Those who are able to manage emotions effectively and incorporate them into process and strategy will be the ones who create the results that matter most to them consistently.

With all that said, how can you improve emotional management to reap the many benefits in your life, work, business or organisation?

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  • So interesting Ali.Companies try to connect with customers on an emotional level so you would think……

  • I think this is going to become an increasingly important conversation and area to be addressed for a lot of organisations, not only for customer experience but also for effectively managing individuals and teams within the orgnanisation too. The same applies to individuals, communities, families, groups etc.

  • It’s funny I just posted on FB about a huge change I’m making in my life and how it is making me feel. The change feels so good!

  • Rena, so happy for you. It is good to observe how different situations and circumstances make us feel and, therefore, how we behave. That level of awareness is a great foundation on which to be more proactive in the future.

  • What a thought-provoking post! Our emotions are so closely linked to our personality. This may be easier for some and more difficult for others. However, everyone can apply your tips.

  • Glad you liked it it Teri.

  • Darlene

    Your emotions can be powerful, for better or for worse, so learning to control/manage your emotions is crucial for personal and professional success. I look at my 15 year old niece and I wonder if I was so impulsive in what I said and did at age 15! Probably. Thank goodness that with age, I’ve gotten much better at managing my emotions and molding my personality.

  • Darlene, it is great that you have that level of awareness and can use it to create better outcomes for yourself.