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Effective Teams and Making Space For Emotion

My kids were arguing about something totally inane the other day.


“Hey, guys, stop talking a second. What is everybody feeling right now?”


One was frustrated. The other was annoyed. The third was feeling left out.


Everybody took a deep breath. 


“Now that we know how we are feeling, how might we move forward?”


They were able to come up with a pretty rational solution and I was pleasantly surprised that for the most part it honored the emotions of each.


This was a 3 minute interaction with my kids, but I have seen it play out over and over again with adults, with much more consequential topics.


The more I read about the future of work, the most invested I become in our humanity and our capacity to feel and process emotion. 


We could be doing it better.


It would be easy as a leader to dismiss honing these capacities in ourselves and others. And certainly I am not suggesting everyone start channeling their inner social worker.


I am suggesting we make space for emotion in our conversations.


That we identify how we are feeling and bring awareness to that as the lens through which we are experiencing a particular discussion or decision or process.


I am suggesting that by processing emotion first we give ourselves a breath and a path forward.


What do you think?

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