I'm on a journey to become a Certified ECD Consultant, and part of that journey has been in the power of sharing the Emotional Culture Deck cards with leaders and unlocking the impact of crafting workplace cultures factoring emotions.
Over the last month, I've chatted with leaders in the NFP sector, the volunteering community, business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders of teams in corporate environments.
All these leaders are experts in their own fields and have similar and yet different needs for themselves and for their teams or stakeholders that they're working with.
Playing with the ECD cards unlocked powerful conversations of self-awareness and reflection, and passion for how they want their people to feel, connect, and be motivated.
For me, I think about workplace culture as 'what we do and how we treat each other each day at work'. It's a combination of Emotions + Beliefs + Actions = Culture.
This means that Culture is strongly impacted by leaders, environments, systems, rituals, etc but also by team members too. It's connected by the 'emotions' or feelings of these people collectively in the workplace.
Some of the top takeaways from these 1:1 discussions, have been:
"... at first you can feel uncomfortable, especially for myself I like to hide my emotions but along the way, the more we talk about feelings the more I unravel and feel in a comfortable and safe place to share. Main benefit of cards for me is helping me break down my experiences and emotions and putting a name to what I feel - words that identify those feelings..." - Alisi
"It's more than ok to examine what we perceive as negative emotions and understand strategies to flip them." - Amanda
It's been incredibly insightful and positive to be able to connect and share with these leaders. To coach, reflect, re-centre and introduce them to tools that help solve challenges in their workplaces around culture, change, ways of working, etc, along with enjoying a good coffee.
If you're interested to know more about emotions within workplace culture, read this HBR article, Manage Your Emotional Culture (hbr.org) - it's a great place to start, or reach out to me and we can have a play with the cards and talk through challenges and opportunities to connect with the ECD cards and note the positive ripple effect of connecting to our emotions.
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