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How do you manage and practice your emotional intelligence on a daily basis at work? How do you maintain a balanced work-life that leads to success at work and in personal life?

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Scott’s Answer

For me, it's an understanding that we're all PEOPLE first and employees second (or third, fourth, etc). Each person is unique, has unique challenges, strengths, and weaknesses. Each person will have unique personal situations as well that absolutely influence their work no matter how much we try to isolate. Listening, considering diverse perspectives, and just being kind can go along way to use and build your EQ in the workspace.

Balance is key, but in today's always-on world, it's not black and white. It's not 8-5 work and the rest personal. In the modern workplace as a professional, it's much more fluid than that. Understanding what's important to you (family, religion, career, etc) and prioritizing are key. You have to be intentional about your time, and recognize that there are always trade offs. So know what's most important and act accordingly. That will change over time, as your life evolves, your career develops, and you have new goals or interests, so you must continually reevaluate.

The right workplace supports you in that effort overall, while still inspiring you to achieve. Picking the right employer that fits with your priorities and aspirations is a key to being successful and balanced.

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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi Sumaiya, I try to think before I act. Try not to let my emotions get the best of me. I think about the reasons why people come to work and how I want them to behave or treat me and I do my best to behave and treat people that way.

Regarding work-life balance, I found it interesting a few years ago when I had an 'ah-ha' moment... I realized that work-life balance means something different for everyone. My balance may not be the same as yours. It also varies at different stages throughout your life. My definition of balance before I had my daughter is different than it is today. That doesn't mean I don't work as hard. It means I work differently, I'll even say it means I work smarter now that the time that I arrive home or the time that I can leave in the morning is different than it was before. You will have to find your balance - when your balance is off, you will know it.


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Somnath’s Answer

Hi Sumaiya,

Most importantly, you should look to understand your trigger points. Once you are aware of the Triggers, for ex: What makes you really angry, what makes you sad, extremely happy etc. Reflect on the times when you have gone to fight or a form of aggression. Think of both verbal and non verbal, same with last few times when you went in to fight mode. once you are aware of the triggers, you should be able to take couple of steps to Manage and control the trigger.

You may need different actions for each trigger. The goal is to have a plan for each of your top four to six triggers. Finally, how would you like to transform this trigger? Triggers can significantly shift or even disappear if we deal with the source of the issue. Some effective strategies include working with a coach or therapist or mentor. Idea is to identify the source of the trigger and transform, so, that you are able to respond not react.


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James’s Answer

I think for me it comes down to protecting your own personal time and not letting work related tasks effect that. I find writing a "todo list" with personal goals/tasks often helps staying motivated and being in the moment - not getting distracted. Good luck!

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