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Dec 7, 2016

The Madness Of Moods



Are you moody? You might say no. You see yourself as an upbeat individual, smoothly navigating your way through the workday. Good, but the workplace is roiling with confirmed, card carrying boss watchers. They have their antennae out every time you appear, as they gauge the risk level of any interaction with you today.


Should I raise that project possibility, talk about the budget, have that revenue results discussion, etc. They have been studying your body language, your gait, face and voice with such intensity, that they can easily distinguish your mood on any given day and throughout the day.


So if you are troubled, have you been a sufficiently skilled actor to mask the emotions coursing under that bespoke suit? We radiate information to our team regardless, but do we maintain our equilibrium when everyone around us is losing theirs? When everyone is panicking, are we an amplifier or a suppressor?


We are the boss, so we set the tone for the day. If we are up, we have a much better chance of taking everyone else up with us. Conversely, if we are worried, concerned, down, then we drag the entire crew toward the bottom. The scary part is how hard it is to draw them up and how quickly we can sink their boat.


Are we circumspect in what we say? If we awake in the morning and the look of the sky determines our mood, how much control are we exercising? The somber rain clouds, driving sleet or ice cold snow may encourage us to whine about what a “lousy day” it is.


Alternatively crisp blue skies and lovely fluffy white clouds under a gorgeous warm sun might make us comment “what a great day”. Both are dangerous statements. Both tell everyone, that it is acceptable for our mood to be randomly controlled by the weather.


We have to be the sunny boss, every day, regardless of the meteorological conditions. We don’t discuss the weather at work with any judgmental comments. We might note it is raining, so we need to take our brolly, but that is as far as we are allowed to stray.


There are other moods we need to be vigilant about. If the mood doesn't grab you, are you procrastinating on doing certain unpalatable tasks. Especially, those you find difficult, boring, time consuming or require you to really think hard? When you scan your well considered priority list for today’s assault on the workload and you spy that a certain item has now crept to the upper reaches of the “to do” pile, do you inwardly wince?


Are you frantically looking for an escape route. Maybe a quick diversionary attack on the email, social media, papers scattered on the transom or that phone call you need to make. In other words, every possible thing other than the irksome burden in front of you. Do you feel your spirited, happy mood start to fade as the reality dawns that massive pain is inbound?


What about when people let you down? The news arrives that a certain item hasn’t been completed, on time, on budget or to the required standard by one of the team. You were hurtling down the highway of happiness, fully charged with control of your day and now this train wreck appears on the horizon to derail your positive mood.


The boss is not allowed the luxury to react. As the boss, you can only respond. That means engaging both the head and the heart. It means super control over your moods, to intentionally impact both yourself and your team. The discipline to do the things you need to do and when you need to do them is the objective. The boss is not perfect but has to appear perfect to everyone else attached to the oars on the galley deck.


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About The Author

Dr. Greg Story: President, Dale Carnegie Training Japan

In the course of his career Dr. Greg Story has moved from the academic world, to consulting, investments, trade representation, international diplomacy, retail banking and people development. Growing up in Brisbane, Australia he never imagined he would have a Ph.D. in Japanese decision-making and become a 30 year veteran of Japan.


A committed lifelong learner, through his published articles in the American, British and European Chamber journals, his videos and podcast “THE Leadership Japan Series”, he is a thought leader in the four critical areas for business people: leadership, communication, sales and presentations. Dr. Story is a popular keynote speaker, executive coach and trainer.


Since 1971, he has been a disciple of traditional Shitoryu Karate and is currently a 6th Dan. Bunbu Ryodo (文武両道-both pen & sword) is his mantra and he applies martial art philosophies and strategies to business.