D E Consult and Ali Budjanovcanin present: Emotions in the Workplace – A Breakfast Event.

Date: 18th September 2019

Are you an emotionally intelligent person? Do you have the ability to recognise and control your emotions and behaviour, whilst being aware of how that impacts others around you? More and more research is coming out showing how our emotional intelligence (or EIQ) plays a huge part in our happiness, well-being, self-esteem and in the quality of our relationships. Leaders who are emotionally intelligent can use emotions to drive an organisation forward and the good news is that emotional intelligence can be built. We can learn to become more emotionally intelligent!

One of the most common reasons why people leave their jobs stems from unsupportive leadership and toxic work environments. Our work life is hugely affected by our emotional intelligence and workplaces are naturally a melting pot of diverse personalities, strengths, skills and emotions.  Emotional intelligence is therefore intricately melded into every decision and action within the workplace. High levels of emotional intelligence enables individuals to build and drive prosperous teams and to be agile and responsive, therefore being successful.

As a recruiter, I have seen many cases of low emotional intelligence in workplaces which at their worst resulted in bullying, harassment and demotivated staff. Considering that people spend more than a third of their lives at work, I personally feel strongly about promoting emotional intelligence in the workplace.  When I first started delving into the topic of emotional intelligence, I was encouraged to learn that EIQ is being taken very seriously and that companies are realising its importance.  All the leaders I spoke to in my legal network were keen to learn more and believe that emotional intelligence is something that needs to be invested into. This is ultimately what made me decide to use the topic of emotional intelligence for my first event.

I was very honoured to host the breakfast event with an expert on emotional intelligence in the workplace, Dr Ali Budjanovcanin from Kings College University London.

The event took place in the private conference area of The Happenstance restaurant at St Paul’s, with its garden inspired alfresco terrace and delectable breakfast selection. Ali and I were joined by a group of business leaders and learners from the legal industry who are passionate about emotional intelligence. Together we discussed why emotions are relevant, EQI’s ability to predict success, managing emotional culture and effecting change.

It was a brilliant morning and wonderful to see how many people are invested in making positive change. Thanks once again to Ali for sharing her expertise and insights, thanks to all who participated, and a special thank you to everyone who volunteered.

As requested, and also for the benefit of those who were unable to attend in person, Ali’s presentation slides and details of the EQ-1 2.0 test are available below.

I am now in the process of planning my next events. Please do let me know if there are any particular topics relating to Legal IT, Legal Accounting & Finance and Legal HR and Office Management which you would like to hear more about and/or if you are interested in hosting an event at your offices.

Until next time, take care!