Emotional Intelligence: The Ultimate Productivity Tool

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ProductivityHey everyone. I hope you enjoy this brief article I found (actually, my assistant found it for me). It’s written by a Gentleman names Kit Cooper. Kit serves as executive director for Best Life Practices Foundation.
The article talks about a slightly different way of approaching productivity. Now, be sure to do yourself a HUGE favor…don’t just read the article, actually apply its teachings!
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Emotional Intelligence
By: Kit Cooper
When we think of productivity, so many of us approach it in terms of how to best manage our day-to-day tasks in the most time effective manner.

However, a much less appreciated and very integral area for improving productivity is applying emotional intelligence to minimize the non day-to-day time suckers such as family problems, repair issues with co-workers, or people problems in general.

While more and more people are learning about emotional intelligence to perform better in this area, it still remains an underrated factor of overall productivity.

From a business perspective, to get things done and effect change at a high level, successful leaders try to think several moves ahead. They know their “audience” and will tailor their communication and approach to situations based on a consideration of what drives the people involved. As a result, they not only advance their interests successfully but simultaneously minimize waste of their most precious commodity, time.

In other words, if you saved 60 minutes over a week through day-to-day productivity tools, the gains are worthless if you have to work another two hours on a new presentation to your co-workers because you did not invest enough time in understanding how to approach the situation, who’s involved, what agendas exist etc. On the flip side, by investing time in this arena, you are saving important swaths of time that will allow you more free time to pursue your non-work interests.

Let’s use family as an example. You know that Aunt Sallie is easily offended when it comes to family gatherings. By taking the time to communicate with her in a way that does not set off her buttons, you are deploying a preventative approach to time management/productivity. If you’re Mr. Productive Technology Guy, saving tons of time through your set up and systems and GTD processes, but you botched a family conversation because you didn’t take the time to understand who you were dealing with and what should be your delivery – and two days later you spend 30 minutes talking to your wife repairing a family problem – how complete a productivity “system” is that?

Here’s a great excerpt from my interview/conversation with Shaesby Scott, owner of Shaesby Jewelry.
“I have gotten better over time at reading situations and anticipating outcomes. This helps me be more effective. I’m still improving; let me give you an example. Recently I gave permission to this construction company to have access to one of our lots to help them access an adjacent lot. Since then, trucks have been wreaking havoc on my lot. I got all pissed off and was telling my friend how disrespectful that was, making a mess of our lot, after I was so cool with them etc.. His response was, “Dude, what did you expect?” Work in process…”

Another great excerpt, this one from Solly Amon who runs Pure Fish Food, the longest standing seafood market at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle:
“People tell me that I am good at the psychological aspect of dealing with people. I do think that to accomplish things in life, you have to know how to deal with people. And that means dealing with unique people in different ways. Understanding what statement or delivery might motivate a certain person to go down a certain path. Sometimes I say, Now what would you do if you were sitting in this chair? Let their mind work. I also use questions a lot as a way to direct my employees in a more decent way than if I am simply telling them, Go do this. The way you talk to people is important. If you’re nice and genuine to people, they’re going to be nice to you. For every action, there’s a reaction.”

And last but not least this great piece of advice from Sidney Harman, former Chairman/CEO of the audio manufacturer Harman Karden.
“Think before you act. Ever since I was a teenager, I developed this habit of editing what I am about to say a millisecond before I say it. It saves me a lot of time by minimizing the instances of saying something ineffective, inappropriate or stupid.”

In taking the time to understand human nature and to think a little bit before jumping in to deal with high stake situations, we have a more harmonious and productive journey in life. It allows one to avoid missteps that lead to unnecessary stress, repair, and use of time. And most importantly, it helps one get what they want through anticipating human behaviors and acting accordingly.

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