Ideally, new employees enter the organization with an attitude of zeal, commitment, and the motivation to succeed. Achieving that kind of success triggers positive emotions of joy, confidence and the further motivation for advancement. A leader’s ability to maintain high levels of this attitude requires more than monetary incentives. Positive Energy Awareness (PEA) equips a leader with energetic behavioral tools for sustaining an employee’s desire to contribute greatness.
Studies have shown that a leader’s emotions, behaviors, words, and attitude is contagious and can have a profound effect on employees, both positively and negatively. The more positive the leader, the better the opportunity to capture and harness the committed willingness of employees to not only achieve success, but to also inspire their innovation and creativity.
In addition to the contagious effect, advances in technology have contributed to the development of an information infrastructure providing more knowledge in any field than leaders can master alone. Information sharing is vital to organizational health and sustainment. Leaders possessing the conscious and intentional ability to positively influence bringing people together will result in moving an organization from good to great.
PEA is a path to consciously and consistently showing up as your authentic, best self. PEA partners with leaders using a seven-level contrivance and five-step path to develop keener self-awareness and understanding of what the leader may be projecting to those being lead.
Research studies conducted by the Protocol School of Washington, Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and the Stanford Research Institute revealed hard technical skills and knowledge account for fifteen percent of the reason an individual gets, keeps, and advances in a job. The remaining eighty-five percent of job success is attributed to individual people-skills, including intangible soft skills such as communicated words and observed micro messages of body language, voice pitch, eye contact, emotional behavior and attitude. In the era of information–the 21st century– retaining talented, knowledgeable employees and maintaining a competitive advantage within the organization, leaders’ need to recognize that soft skills are equally important to technical skill, that employees are more acquiescent to leaders with both characteristics.
Humans are emotional creatures as well as thinking ones, yet in the workplace little to no attention is given to the emotional aspect of employment. The word emotion comes from the Latin word “emotere”, which is defined as activity or energy in motion; one finds that energy vibrates attracting high and low levels of like energy. Leaders’ words and behaviors carry positive and negative emotional energy signals to those led (consciously or unconsciously). Developing emotional awareness empowers leaders to intentionally take actions to boost organizational energy, moving the organizational needle from good to great.
Positive Energy Awareness (PEA) specializes in raising awareness of the powerful impact emotional energy awareness brings to the organizational environment. PED focuses awareness and development in three areas, emotions, energy, and consciousness. Growth in these areas leads to two additional focuses, commitment and change. The integration of these five principle areas equates to an individual’s Positive Energy Potential (PEP), all of which can be expressed as the formula E2C3=PEP. Leaders’ development in these five areas–emotion, energy, consciousness, commitment and change–creates a path for cultivating an energetic organization grounded in both technical and soft skills awareness.
Companies can elect whether they just require Appleton Greene for advice and support with the Bronze Client Service, for research and performance analysis with the Silver Client Service, for facilitating departmental workshops with the Gold Client Service, or for complete process planning, development, implementation, management and review, with the Platinum Client Service. Ultimately, there is a service to suit every situation and every budget and clients can elect to either upgrade or downgrade from one service to another as and when required, providing complete flexibility in order to ensure that the right level of support is available over a sustainable period of time, enabling the organization to compensate for any prescriptive or emergent changes relating to: Customer Service; E-business; Finance; Globalization; Human Resources; Information Technology; Legal; Management; Marketing; or Production.
There is a social phenomenon called “emotional contagion, ” a kind of non-verbal transference of emotional energy, and there is a wealth of information concerning it. For instance, Sigal Barsade, a professor of management at the prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has years of experience studying emotional contagion and offered that people are not often aware that the contagious effect is happening. Additionally, there is a wealth of research to support the contagious effect of emotions. In general people unconsciously read each other’s moods. These nonverbal expressions carry as much energy transference as technical skills and knowledge. Positive Energy Awareness (PEA) offers clients added ways of addressing team engagement that recognizes the emotional contagious impact.
Emotional contagion can affect the organization positively or negatively. PEA seeks to infuse a sense of awareness to the dualities of life (i.e., up/down, happy/sad, right/wrong, strengths/weakness, and positive/negative emotional energy). Specifically, negative emotional energy is associated with thoughts, behaviors, and emotions that are pessimistic, unhealthy, destructive, bad or undesirable and tends to hold people back, creating an environment of volatility and uncertainty. Positive emotional energy is associated with being optimistic, constructive, good or desirable and moves people forward creating an environment of vision and understanding. A typical protocol is for organizations to spend time and energy focusing on dissecting problems and weakness using tools such as Kaizens, Lean Six Sigma and various process improvement tools, all of which are critical to the organization. Equally important is the attitudes, beliefs, and emotions of contributors. PEA’s mission is to balance the scales, integrating technical skills with emotional awareness and to bring the energy of positivity into the culture of the organization. PEA process enhancement tools are intended to elevate leaders’ awareness, broadening the organizational perspective. Leaders’ increased awareness of the powerful impact of a balanced approach to organizational development provides an opportunity for educating all involved on mindful positive interaction. Ultimately, PEA processes contribute to improving the culture by offering additional approaches for organizational alignment and development.
”This is my penultimate day at Lockheed Martin; tomorrow I will be departing for other adventures and I just could not leave without sending you something in tribute to my manager, Dr. Harris. I have had some ups and downs at Lockheed; some involving other employees, some involving my health. Throughout all, Dr. Harris has been the pinnacle of professionalism. She has always been fair minded, calm and unflappable, and a soothing influence on all involved, especially me. When I have received praise from engineer customers, she has been the first to acknowledge it to me and to everyone else in our group, as she has with all of us-as I said, she is always fair minded. When person problems were at issue, Dr. Harris was the rock that I depended upon. Nothing was ever too much for her not to come up with a solution. When I needed to corrected or chastised, she was kind in her approach, helping me to see the opportunity for growth and development. I have never had such a good manager here or at any other company. I have worked as a paralegal at large, prestigious law firms in Center City Philadelphia. I have worked in pharmaceuticals, I have other experience Lockheed as a Tech Writer and a desk-top publisher. Nowhere have I encountered anyone with the compassion coupled with the professional mien that Dr. Harris brings to her job every day.”
”Dr. Harris is an energetic woman who currently a leader for Lockheed Martin. She is self-confident and has the ability to quickly handle a multitude of duties. She combines exceptional natural ability with a willingness and eagerness to learn and at the same time lead. Being a responsible leader, she has been a great source of information between departments within the company and has worked diligently to fulfill her responsibilities. She was absolutely instrumental in bringing in a new style of management to the represented work force with openness and transparency to our organization allowing for greater communication and proficiency in our business. Along with her undeniable talent, Dr. Harris has always been an absolute joy to work with. She is a true team player, and always manages to foster positive discussions that brings collaboration front and center from all employees. Without a doubt, I consider Dr. Harris an extraordinary person and leader that would bring benefit any organization.”
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” Working with Dr. Harris has been nothing short of amazing! My work with her occurred during a very emotional and tumultuous time in my life. Dr. Harris helped me navigate my way through it and our work together provided me a tremendous platform from which to jump beyond myself. We examined old patterns of thinking and I learned that I am in control of my thoughts and have a conscious choice with how I choose to feel. I found strength in letting go of my default status of “being the victim” and learned how to not only accept responsibility for the role I play in life, but to also embrace a more compassionate nature. Dr. Harris has the innate ability to listen without judgment and helped me to find strength, courage, and wisdom within difficult situations. She has become a touchstone and a pillar of strength that helped me get through one