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21st Apr 2020

Resetting Your Primitive Alarms

Micro resilience: Part II: Resetting your Primitive Alarms

1.       Primitive Alarms: a physical response needed for immediate survival.

2.      The prefrontal cortex is best known for things like planning, and problem-solving.

3.      The amygdala are responsible for the perception of emotion; they scan for possible threats

4.      The amygdala hijack is a term coined over 25 years ago by Daniel Goleman in his book on Emotional Intelligence.

In a crisis situation every leader needs to be aware of this potential of being hijacked by their amygdala. 

One exercise to use your emotions as a resource is called Labeling – Relabeling.

The reality is that in any crisis there is always a challenging balance when elements of surplus and insufficiency coexist with extraordinary variability. 

·        Too many people/too little food

·        too many with acute illnesses/ too few critical hospital supplies

·        too many emails/too little time to read and process

Labeling:

  • The better you can label your emotion the more you distance yourself from the feelings and the emotions that are hijacking you. 
  • In just a micro segment of time you can choose to separate yourself from the emotion that is vying for control. 

Relabeling:

  • Relabeling becomes a thoughtful mind shift. 
  • Relabeling your emotions moves you forward.  You are not changing how you feel but you are changing what the emotion means.
  • With relabeling, you can gain control of your perspective. 

Don’t be misled…  The problems are still as intense. The reality is still raw. But, you have poised yourself to lead more effectively.  

 This month the Mastermind experience I am facilitating is called “leading through crisis: staying the course”. Are you leading a group that you would like to offer a mastermind growth experience to? If so, head to my website at www.healthyleadership.online/home schedule a complementary call. I’d love to learn more about how I can support you and your team during these challenging days.

Goleman D. (1995) Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. New York: Bantam Books

St John, B. (2017). Micro resilience. Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy. Hachette, UK. 

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Experienced leader, Niña Ellison, focuses on those seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential! These seemingly opposing skills complement rather than compete with each other. Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people more than the transaction of tasks. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives. This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Nina at https://www.healthyleadership.online

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A leader with over 20 years of experience empowering others to consistently deliver excellence that results in increased growth for the leader, the team and those they serve.