Why We Need to Elevate the Role of Emotional Intelligence at Work, with Roger Wolkoff, Ep #14

Have you ever considered the role of emotional intelligence at work? Most people think of emotional intelligence as something that stay-at-home parents and grade school teachers have to deal with, how does it apply to the workplace? Here to shed some light on this critical topic is Roger Wolkoff.

With decades of experience in project management, Roger Wolkoff decided to make a pivot in his career and started his work with public speaking. Roger helps leaders and high-performing teams communicate with clarity, conviction, and positive intent. His passion is to help leaders make connections.

In this episode, you’ll hear from Roger as he explains his term “Done farting around,” how he decided to leave his project management work behind, why emotional intelligence at work is so important, three takeaways you can use today, and much more. You don’t want to miss a minute of this valuable episode featuring Roger’s expert perspective.

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Are you done farting around?

Have you ever had a thought or idea that got stuck in your mind? What did you do to solve it? Did you allow that idea to take up long-term residence in your head or did you give it an eviction notice? Roger Wolkoff has a phrase called, “Done farting around.” The heart of this idea is to help leaders like you get those ideas that knock around in your head out and in the open.

How do you expect to be effective personally or professionally if you can’t think clearly? Don’t let ideas (good or bad) clog up your system! Let your ideas sink or swim. You deserve to have a clear mind so you can succeed. To hear more about this helpful approach, listen to this episode with Roger Wolkoff.

The four basic components of emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is more than growing as an emotional being; it involves understanding how you operate and how those around you operate. To elevate the role of emotional intelligence at work, we’ve got to understand the four basic components of emotional intelligence. 

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-management
  3. Awareness of others
  4. Relationship management 

If you had to choose one component of emotional intelligence to go deeper with, which one would you choose? When Roger presents these components, he sees the most “Ah-ha moments” from his audience when he talks about self-management. This is encouraging news because it highlights the fact that you aren’t locked into a certain level of emotional intelligence, you have the power to change.

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What are you waiting for? Be part of the solution!

Too often we tend to get lulled into the mindset that things will never change. We see this idea of apathy take root in all aspects of life, from sports (Another Patriots Super Bowl victory, really?), to the government (both local and national), and even in the workplace (yet another “Strategic meeting”). What is the solution? Is it all inevitable or do we have the power within us to make a difference? According to Roger Wolkoff’s findings, the answer is yes, we have the power to change and be the change we want to see in our surroundings. What are you waiting for? Who do you expect to get permission from? Give yourself the permission you need to get out there and make a difference.

Three ways to make a difference in your workplace.

Let’s face it; there is nothing sexy or popular about serving others. When was the last time you saw a leader go out of their way to help someone else? Unfortunately, leadership in many contexts focuses on what leaders can get out of other people not how leaders can elevate and support their subordinates. If you’d like to start moving in a positive direction and make a difference in your workplace, consider these three action steps. 

  1. Appreciate others and show your gratitude.
  2. Ask people, “What can I do for you?”
  3. Intentionally elevate other people. 

Which one will you choose to take action on? To hear more helpful insights like these from Roger Wolkoff, make sure to listen to this episode.

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:15] I introduce my guest, Roger Wolkoff.
  • [2:30] Are you done farting around?
  • [3:45] Why it is important to pay attention to the people you work with.
  • [5:50] From project management to a public speaking role.
  • [8:15] How emotional intelligence can help people change for the better.
  • [10:15] Where do people have “Ah-ha” moments with Roger’s teaching?
  • [13:30] How can you become part of the solution?
  • [18:30] Why Roger is such a huge fan of Clifton StrengthsFinder.
  • [21:30] Good leaders will help people find ways to succeed.
  • [23:30] Roger shares his top five strengths.
  • [25:00] Three takeaways from Roger.

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