Now that we’ve determined the relative value and effectiveness of nurturing and employing emotional intelligence (EQ) in both business and personal contexts, and that there is an emotional component behind most of the things that will make or break employees’ and leaders’ success, it’s time to more acutely explore methods through which your EQ can be maximized. Below we’ve outlined three majorly effective ways of enhancing emotional intelligence.
Empathy, or the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, is a fundamental skill that anyone with a strong command of emotional intelligence practices daily. There are ways one can work on their ability to empathize.
Reflect on Your Own Emotions
A strong understanding of your own feelings, why they arise and where they come from, will greatly strengthen your ability to do the same with others.
Ask Others for Their Perspective
Whether about your actions, the actions of another, or an interpretation of an event or occurrence, receiving another’s perspective will help you to see things more like others see them. This will, in turn, help you to understand others better, too. You can then use that knowledge to adjust your dealings accordingly.
Suspend (Temporarily) Your Critiques and Reactions to Critiques
Though it is difficult, doing this can better help us listen honestly and faithfully, thus opening up more space for varied and shared interests, values, and interpretations.
Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Clear, honest, and confident communication is a key activity to engage in when working to amplify emotional intelligence. If you are great at listening and understanding the perspectives of others, but have trouble dynamically asserting your desires, needs, and values, then your command of EQ is not properly balanced. People with strong emotional intelligence know how to share their opinions honestly while respecting their fellow cohorts. A few tips for improving your communications skills are –
Display Confidence: Being clear and certain in your delivery helps ensure that those around you take seriously your thoughts, words, and advice.
Simply Your Vocabulary: Using ambiguous or vague terms often leads to misinterpretation and miscommunication. To ensure that everyone is on the same page when sharing feelings or ideas, it’s wise to use words that are commonly understood by everyone.
Listen: Easily one of the most important aspects of effective communication is the ability to listen. If you’re ever only thinking about how you plan to respond, you’re unlikely to create an open space for discussion.
Use Gamified Learning
There’s a likelihood one might hear the phrase ‘gamified learning’ and be slightly confused, left asking “what does it mean?”. In simple terms, gamified learning (or gamification) is the process of defining the elements and mechanics which comprise games that make those games fun and motivate players to continue playing and using those same elements in a non-game context to influence behavior and stimulate. Basically, it is the introduction of game elements in a non-game situation.
So, how does a gamification program encourage EQ growth? Well, in contrast to more traditional, antiquated forms of training and team building, gamification places focus not only on the skills required for success in a job, but also on the behaviors. Often individuals are hired for their skills (intelligence) and let go for their behavior (emotional make-up). Placing gamification methodology at the center of your business models or interpersonal development strategies gives you the best of both worlds.
Through dynamics such as making learning more palpable, offering a forgiving learning environment, giving individuals ownership of their learning, providing opportunities for identity work through taking on alternate selves, and just generally making more space for fun and joy, gamification generates scenarios where individuals are asked to engage in both skill-oriented and social, emotional goals paramount to strong leadership and its development.
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If you’ve taken even a moment to browse our website or this blog, you’ve likely come across the term “gamified learning”, alternatively known as “gamification”. While the phrase might sound complex and indicating some kind of expertise as a requisite to understand it, gamified learning is actually a quite simple concept. Below, we provide a clear definition of what it is, how its implementation into both the personal and business worlds can help you achieve your goals, and show how our experts at Semagie can make that happen.
As our society evolves and shifts in the midst of a great expansion of universally available mass technology, the act of teaching has been under significant pressure to adapt and respond in accordance. Since the new millennium, a number of approaches have been offered by practitioners to answer this challenge. Gamified learning is one of these.
In opposition to banal chalkboards and didactic monologues, Gamified learning is the process of integrating game mechanics and rules into a business, community, classroom, or other collective entity as a means of increase motivation, participation, engagement, and loyalty. Gamification takes the data-driven techniques that game designers use to engage players, and applies them to non-game experiences to motivate actions that can ultimately add value to your business. In essence, is it is the introduction of game elements in a non-game situation.
Gamification vs Games
One common mistake that individuals make when they first learn about gamified learning is to equate its introduction into the business atmosphere with introducing a game. There are, however, distinctions between game-based learning (GBL) and gamified learning. In GBL, a leader often uses a literal board, card or video game right out of the box. Its distinct rules are followed and thus, in GBL, playing the game means learning whatever it is the specific game is designed to teach. In contrast, gamified learning platforms amplify the effect of an existing, core experience by applying the motivational techniques that make games so engaging in general. It is not so much bringing a new game into the board-room as it is highlighting the ways that board-room dynamics mimic game mechanics, and bringing that connection to the surface to better build community, competition, and solidarity within your firm.
How Can It Help?
Having a clearer sense for what gamified learning is, you might now be wondering how employing it produces results. The bottom line here is, given the ways it can generate higher engagement, studies have proven that successful application of a gamification model into a company has greatly increased the overall emotional intelligence quotient (EG) of a business. A business with a high EQ mean is more likely to be a business filled with personable people who command both inter-personal and business-centered mentalities. It’s nearly impossible to argue a team populated by that kind of person is not desirable.
In addition, Employee engagement is firmly linked to key business outcomes. Properly-engaged employees can save companies. Studies show that properly engaged employees often double their company’s customer satisfaction rates.
Perhaps one of the most fundamental benefits of gamified learning is that it places emphasis on the activities and actions that make up the business, rather than the results.
When properly designed and implemented, gamification leverages the motivations for feedback, rewards and achievements, and inspires employees and leaders alike to become better and better every day.
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