Bringing Back Humanity To Business: We Are Emotional Beings

by | Oct 14, 2020 | Thought Piece Series

Over time I’ve evolved my Bio (Oh, something in me shrivels up and dies when someone asks me for my bio. Is it the shyness that finds it so hard to speak about myself? Or the dread of creating a pompous piece of writing about myself? I always have to shift my perspective from “dreaded bio” to “quick glimpse of me being human”).

My bio has evolved to include the phrase “brings humour and humanity back to business”. At first, I didn’t realise how important to me this was, but over the years, letting myself bring my full glorious weirdo self to my work, I’ve seen how important this is to everyone.

We Are Emotional Beings

Because we are humans, and we are always human. The fake mask of “professionalism” is hurting us personally, and hurts organisational performance. All that brainpower being used to “be professional” when we could be ourselves and be productive, creative, empathic.

Once we accept emotions are involved, we can learn to recognise, understand and use them to our benefit.

A few years ago I wrote a post after listening to Paul Brown via the IRWCC world online conference. Paul is a faculty professor of Organisational Neuroscience at Monarch Business School, and the Association for Coaching’s Global Ambassador for Applied Neuroscience.

To read that full article, use this link.

But why should you bother?

Well here are the highlights:
But if you want to know what it all means and how to use them, then read the full article (it’s only a 3 min read and it’s worth it)

We are feeling and sensing organisms. Our brains are rationalising what our brain has already sensed.
Yes we have an executive function, but it’s the positive emotions that allow us to be rational thinker, not the other way around. We must acknowledge and mange our emotions if we want to be rational, productive, creative thinkers.

Energy of the brain is derived from emotion. There is no directional energy without feelings
The brain uses 26% of the whole body’s energy. Isn’t that insane? So it’s imperative that we learn to manage our brain energy.

Psychology will become a part of neurobiological sciences
We are learning that there is no behaviour that isn’t underpinned by neuro-activity in the brain. So when we can build mental fitness, we can define and change our behaviour.

We are emotional beings. It’s time we embraced it and use it to our own advantage.

This is part of my Thought Piece Series where I explore topics related to leadership and provide both answers and questions. My intention is to start meaningful conversations that help us move forward.

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