Emotional Intelligence and ePerformance
Almost everyone has heard the term emotional intelligence (EI). We discuss EI at NWTC through College 101 training. It is described in great detail in Chapter 8 in Skip Downing’s textbook, On Course. And we recognize “lack” of emotional intelligence with inappropriate student behavior. However, how do we use emotional intelligence with our own faculty ePerformance? I came across a great article by Hendrie Weisinger, Emotional Intelligence at Work, in which he describes how we can use emotions and moods, of ourselves and our co-workers, to help make better decisions in the workplace. The three main concepts of using EI in a faculty performance appraisal is: Mood Management, Interpersonal Expertise and Self-Motivation. Mood Management is the basic foundation of understanding how to recognize your emotions and developing a plan to make them work for you rather than against you. Interpersonal Expertise deals with just that….interacting and relating with co-workers. By using active listening skills and asking co-workers/supervisors for suggestions on improvement, you can formulate an excellent professional development plan. Self-motivation seemed to be the easiest category for me to incorporate into the ePerformance since it focused on taking action with one improvement suggestion at a time. Blocking off time each day or week to work on completing the documentation rather than trying to do it all at once. I encourage you to check out this article on the Blog Site: Thicken Your Skin through Psychology Today.