August 30, 2017
I’ve been doing emotional intelligence work in the construction industry since 2000. Think back to the year 2000. What if I came into your office or on your project back then and talked to you about emotional intelligence and how collaboration and trust is really the best way to approach projects? What would you have said? You probably would have thrown me out of the office or jobsite trailer. Now it seems that every single conference I go to from Construction Technology (AGC IT) to Owners (CURT and COAA) to Sustainability to Construction Research (CII) to Lean (LCI), to academia (PACE at Penn State and Auburn), EVERYONE is talking about collaboration, relationships and trust as foundation for great projects. The research at CII and Penn State and LCI bear this out. Relationships are drivers of project performance. And now we are scrambling to find a way to impart these emotional intelligence and people skills to our people because, let’s face it, it’s not our best thing.
I recieved an email from the Harvard Business Review recently. The title was How to Be Human at Work. Here is the text:
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Emotional intelligence first came to the forefront in the 90s. Why hasn’t it gone away like so many other management fads? I think it’s because neuroscience is verifying what we intuitively know to be true every single day. Our emotional states affect our well-being, our problem solving, our creativity, our ability to be in relationship, and our success or failure in life. Isn’t it about time you took a hard look at this phenomenon?
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January 23, 2017
When I do these leadership programs, the participants always ask me, what’s the one thing that I could do that would make the biggest difference? I understand the question. We are all busy. We can’t do dozens of things. We can’t commit to an hour in the gym, seven days a week. We can’t go on a sabbatical for a month. So what is that one thing that can make a huge difference? It’s meditation. We strongly emphasize this in our courses. In order to create well-being, in order to be productive, in order to tap into that higher power, we must have reflection time each day. It doesn’t have to be long. It can be as little as 10 minutes. But it has to be consistent. I probably average four to five days a week where I sit down and be quiet and not do any planning or worrying or problem solving. Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, says that anyone who is trying to attain personal mastery should practice some form of meditation.
Studies have shown that meditation increases focus and changes physiology. It reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, and increases DHEA, the “youth” hormone. It relaxes you. It increases problem solving. It increases your energy levels. Harvard Medical recently found that regular meditation actually changes the expression of genes and lengthens the telomeres. Shortened telomeres indicate aging. So it actually reverses the aging process. So if it does all of these amazing thins, why doesn’t everyone do it? For some it seems too “new age”. For some, it seems cult like. They think that it conflicts with their religious beliefs. But think of it as just an exercise in concentration. You can apply your own belief system to these techniques so that you are comfortable with it.
Here is a very simple meditation technique:
Take a deep breath in. Breathe out and think the number one. Breathe in again. Breathe out again. Think the number two. Breathe in again. Breathe out. Think the number three. Breathe in a fourth time. Breathe out and think the number four. Then start again at one. Other thoughts will enter your mind. Politely dismiss them and go back to breathing and counting. Do this for around 5 to 10 minutes. Set a timer if you need to.
You will no doubt find this hard at first. But the more you do it, the more you will be able to focus. Not only during the meditation, but in all areas of your life and work. You will be more relaxed, more resilient to stress, and you will have more energy at the end of the day.