Get ready – you're about to witness how the impact of the economy affects the individual at work:Situation 1: "Normally, I don't blow up. I'm known as being the calm and collected one. But lately - wow! It's like I don't even recognize myself." Situation 2: "What's up with Harry? He used to be confident, and solid. Lately he's emotional all the time, and his results are tanking."
Individuals in organizations at all levels are going to start feeling more emotional over the coming year. The economy is faltering. Things will get worse before we see any broadly based improvement. With that uncertainty will come personal and corporate belt-tightening. That will cause increased concern regarding job security for many people.
How one deals with unpredictable times is a real indicator of his or her quality as a leader. I believe that everyone behaves better when they understand what happens internally during a difficulty; when one is aware of what's happening internally, it's easier to manage his actions and reactions.
There's a fair amount of material on this subject, but I like the perspective outlined here because it's clear, straightforward - and it works. It's based on The Sedona Method, an approach that helps people to "get past" emotional roadblocks. I was certified in it a few years back and it's been successful for my clients.
Their model notes that each of us, at any given time, are moving up or down a series of emotions; and that we can assess where we are with a little understanding and working knowledge. At the lowest level, an individual may be (or appear to be) bored. At the pinnacle, you are functioning at a level that few others will be able to attain.
For your own benefit and to help your team, read this to be better prepared for what's coming. Starting at the bottom, the steps are:
The people at Sedona Training Associates make the case that you are not your feelings. I advocate that position. Do not allow your current feelings to determine who you are or how you behave in the moment or for longer periods. If you see people on your team who are allowing their feelings to affect their performance, help them to recognize why. It will improve life for both of you.
John M. McKee is the founder and CEO of BusinessSuccessCoach.net, an international consulting and coaching practice with subscribers in 43 countries. One of the founding senior executives of DIRECTV, his hands-on experience includes leading billion dollar organizations and launching start-ups in both the U.S. and Canada. The author of two published books, he is frequently seen providing advice on TV, in magazines, and newspapers.