Jenny Rossiter – Social Isolation | A Survival Guide
Family dynamics are hard at the best of times but when we’re in a confined space and there’s no escape things can take their toll. Family and organisational dynamics are similar, we are triggered by human stressors that are emotional and social. We know this but hate to admit it, particularly at work.
In all of my 35 years of working with people’s personal and professional issues, I have learnt that we are human beings first and we respond emotionally and socially first.
People always remember how you made them feel.
A leader once said to me, feelings and emotions are not appropriate at work, but how can we deny them when these are the very things that as humans we respond to first?
When we admit that it’s often our own self-regulation that needs some improvement, we can get on with the skill of developing it, rather than denying it.
Here are 3 tips that might help loosen the grip:
- Resolve conflict quickly. – When you feel yourself rising and your head exploding, count to 10 and walk away. The is all about self-regulation and not rising.
- Stop the blame game – Point the finger at yourself, not the other person. It’s so easy to blame and see what others do wrong but do not speak it until you’re ready to admit the part you play.
- Say sorry – And mean it!
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