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Emotional Agility

This session of the meetup will be based on the article Emotional Agility from the November 2013 article in the Harvard Business Review.

The prevailing wisdom says that difficult thoughts and feelings have no place at the office: Executives, and particularly leaders, should be either stoic or cheerful; they must project confidence and damp down any negativity bubbling up inside them. But that goes against basic biology. All healthy human beings have an inner stream of thoughts and feelings that include criticism, doubt, and fear. That’s just our minds doing the job they were designed to do: trying to anticipate and solve problems and avoid potential pitfalls.

We will be discussing how to use the four techniques described in the article — recognize your patterns; label your thoughts and emotions; accept them; and act on your values — and how you can use them to engage in support of mutual learning.

I encourage you to read the article ahead of the meetup but it is not necessary to have read the article to attend.

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