Lean EQ - Carlos Venegas


If you ignore emotions at work, you are missing a critical opportunity to facilitate change and continuous improvement in your organization.

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If you ignore emotions at work, you are missing a critical opportunity to facilitate change and continuous improvement in your organization.

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With Lean EQ, you learn that emotions are data, and this data can help you:

  • Lead change more effectively
  • Make better decisions
  • Build rational empathy
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Work through conflict with greater awareness and better outcomes
  • Manage your own emotions in difficult situations

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Emotions get a bum rap at work,
and it’s easy to see why.

When people think about emotions at work, they usually think about negative emotions and being out of control: discomfort, awkwardness, embarrassment, cringy-ness, inefficiency.

Emotions seem to be at the center of so many issues:

  • stress
  • conflict
  • anger
  • resentment
  • anxiety
  • jealousy
  • disappointment

Plus, these kinds of emotions can affect important things like progress with change, performance, morale, and retention.

People are afraid of emotions—others’ and their own.

It’s so much easier to find a way around them, to avoid them.

But avoiding them creates a host of other problems.

That’s because avoiding negative emotions can perpetuate them and, worse, drive them underground. This leads to passive resistance and even passive aggressiveness, which makes it harder to resolve issues or create innovative solutions.

Does this mean you have to bare your soul (when you don’t want to) or suffer a spray of unregulated emotions from others? Absolutely not!

What it does mean is recognizing something that most people don’t fully understand:

Emotions are Data!

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What most people don’t know is that avoiding emotions deprives you of the important information they carry.

That’s right: emotions hold important information—data—that we need when we communicate, make decisions, understand where others are coming from, and even manage our own emotions in difficult situations.

When you avoid emotions, you’re actually playing with less than a full deck.

Lean EQ workshops are designed to provide leaders a way up the Emotion Skills Hierarchy.

Working up the Emotion Skills Hierarchy is like being able to play more notes on a piano, or going from an old fashioned black-and-white TV to a giant, full-color, super-HD TV with surround sound. At least that’s my experience.

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What People are Saying About LEAN EQ

I enjoyed the sessions. I never thought I would have learned so much.

City Government

Thank you SO much for the opportunity to work with you. You really helped me to grow in my professional work as well as on the personal front—but that work doesn’t stop here so more to learn and develop!

City Government

I liked the combination of the group learning and individual coaching.  I learned a few new skills and realized that I had some skills that i wasn’t aware of.

City Government

I liked…having regular check-ins with Carlos to keep me in the habit of reflecting on my EQ goals and workshopping things that happened each month.

City Government

Learn how to use emotions to be a better leader.

Download the free Start Emotions PDFs and receive email tips on understanding and working with your emotions.

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If you are looking for something specific for your organization or team, don’t hesitate to reach out to explore your options. Contact Me