Quick Emotional Intelligence Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Team Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes

Quick Emotional Intelligence Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Team Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes

Quick Emotional Intelligence Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Team Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes

Quick Emotional Intelligence Activities for Busy Managers: 50 Team Exercises That Get Results in Just 15 Minutes

Synopsis

"In a team situation, many issues -- like lack of trust and commitment, unresolved conflicts, and the inability of individuals to understand how their actions impact the rest of the team -- can stop even the most promising groups from delivering great results. This simple, easy-to-use book gives managers, supervisors, and team leaders activities to help their teams overcome emotional obstacles and become more effective. Readers will find powerful, proven exercises they can use to help employees:

• identify individual and team mood

• deal with anger and emotional triggers

• avert, rather than avoid, conflict

• encourage communication

• overcome fear and other obstacles

• understand and manage competition

• honor differences

• assess team strengths and weaknesses

• pick up on cues from teammates

• control the emotional climate of the team

Each activity is followed by a discussion of its purpose, how to use it, and a list of post-activity questions to help solidify each lesson. This practical, effective collection of proven exercises will elicit the best from any team."

Excerpt

No matter how outstanding or knowledgeable an individual performer may be, if he or she doesn’t have the skills to function as a team player, the goals of the unit will probably suffer. Teamwork skills are rooted in the team members’ emotional intelligence. It’s how people interact that determines how effectively they work together. What people say and do, how they say it, what they fail to say or do, and how they engage or avoid conflict, all contribute to team interactions. These interaction skills require highly self-aware individuals who understand their impact on the team. The most common question I am asked is, “How do you improve someone’s self-awareness?” The answer to this question, which is the fundamental key to improved teamwork, is by improving emotional intelligence. The doorway to greater emotional intelligence is self-awareness. You can’t be a team player until you have passed the threshold of this doorway. Therefore, it is the intention of this book to help build emotional intelligence and raise the self-awareness level of your team so that your team members understand their impact on one another and behave in a way that constitutes successful interactions.

Why? Why should you care about whether or not your team members are self-aware and understand their impact on one another? Who cares whether people get along? I’m sure you have heard and may even subscribe to the philosophy, “We’re not here to like one another; we’re here to get the job done.” So true. And we’re not proposing these activities so that people like one another. But the literature is filled with examples and research that support the fact that people’s interaction skills translate to getting the job done. As a leader, you can no longer ignore the fact that people’s teamwork skills are an important part of the job.

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