Dealing with our Emotions during Change
As I write this for you, I am thinking about all the changes that have occurred in our world as of late. Over the last few months, we have maneuvered through both fantastic moments in time and challenging moments, Covid-19, Space-X launch, the unnecessary death of George Floyd. All of these are causing us and our organizations to rethink how we manage our lives and our businesses. I don’t know about you, but my emotions have been like a rollercoaster. I have felt frustration, anger, scared, disappointed, and proud (Space X), just to name a few. These life events cause everyone to feel different emotions as we navigate the new world order. Emotions are not something new to any of us. Some of us are familiar with “leave your emotions at home,” “business is no place for emotions.” I would argue that emotions are just as important as logic, and you cannot have one without the other. Emotions are the energy that fuels the action. Point in case, what we see with protesting are emotions. Emotions have driven people to create better ways to handle Covid-19. Emotions are drivers.
As we start to come back to a new normal from Covid-19, and rethink how we demonstrate diversity and human rights the most important thing we can do is bring emotions to the forefront. Think about your own emotions. What are you feeling? Then look outward what do your friends, family, and coworkers feel? Don’t be afraid of emotions. Ask people, how are you feeling today? Each person has a story to tell; it is up to each of us to want to learn their story. I serve as your President for this reason. I have met remarkable people through GOOD that have memorable stories. Don’t be surprised if the next time I see you, I ask you- How are you feeling today? Until then, stay safe, healthy, and respectful of each other.
Krystena Sterling, President