Educating Your Emotions®

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Educating Your Emotions

Develop the toughness of character required to
excel in the modern business environment.

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Audience and Duration

Offered in four, six and eight hour workshops

Frontline employees, supervisors, managers and senior executives

Program Overview

Our Educating Your Emotions (EYE) program helps both new and experienced leaders to develop the toughness of soul required to face the challenges of today’s marketplace.

Leadership requires a toughness of soul, developed over time as the leader is tested by new challenges. Often, the leader’s emotions will be strained. He or she will face difficult and risky decisions and be pushed and pulled in all directions. Yet these decisions, especially the heavy ones, must be made alone. The key to the leader’s development of this toughness is to educate his or her emotions.

As interpreted by scholar Peter Redpath, the great realist philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas identified 12 distinct human emotions.  These 12 emotions were broken into 2 groups.

Contending (irascible) emotions:
react to things that we suspect, sense, or imagine to be difficult or dangerous

  1. hope / despair
  2. fear / daring
  3. anger / satisfaction

Propelling (concupiscible) emotions:
react to something that we suspect, sense, or imagine to be pleasurable or painful

  1. love / hate
  2. desire / aversion
  3. pleasure / pain

Key Concepts

  • Emotions are difficult but important topics.
  • Unresolved, ignored, unaddressed, or poorly managed emotions can lead to multiple types of problems.
  • There are causes or occasions of the various emotions that can be recognized and managed.

Key Objectives

  • Develop a practical definition of the various emotions.
  • Identify the various causes of the emotions, especially in the workplace.
  • Articulate principles for understanding the emotions from an ethical perspective.
  • Review useful techniques for dealing with various emotions – both yours and others’.

Interactive Items

Pre-Event Survey IconPre-Event Survey to Jumpstart the SessionTraining Workbook IconWorkbook with Articles and ActivitiesPresentation IconMultimedia Presentation with Short Vignettes
Interactive Pollers IconInteractive Polling for EngagementGroup Discussion IconBreakout Group Discussions for Active ParticipationOnline Toolkit IconOnline Toolkit for Continued Development

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