We don’t just leave our feelings in the car when we walk into our workplace. They’re part of who we are and we can’t ignore them. But it’s how we face them that’s important in our relationships and communications – business and otherwise.
Feelings are a response to the way you perceive the world around you. People can have different feelings in response to the same event. Because we’re human, we all have feelings, whether we want to or not. Sometimes it’s easy to recognize a feeling, sometimes not. But we are responsible for what we do with our feelings – how we own them and how they are expressed.
One of the most the most important lessons I’ve learned about feelings is that when I share my feelings in an appropriate way I receive significant benefits for my life, my relationships and my health. But when my feelings are suppressed, I usually experience undesirable consequences.
I believe that by recognizing our feelings, accepting and owning them, and responsibly expressing them, we are able to create a healthy workplace for our colleagues, stakeholders and customers.
I’ve trained many people on this topic. Perhaps I can help you and your team. I’d love to hear from you if that’s the case.