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Will Your Mood Affect Your Decision Making?

No matter how “even tempered” we are, there is always the opportunity to be a little edgy … and in a business setting that can be dangerous.

One of the biggest topics of conversation here in Canada lately is the weather … always a topic close to the surface, but a wet miserable Spring is certainly being felt!  You can almost feel the tension in people, after a typical long Canadian Winter we are ready for some sun … so a cold, miserable Spring has people in general feeling edgy!

Whatever the cause for a “bad mood” it is critical that your mood does not cause you to make business decisions based on emotion, rather than on sound business parameters!  

If you were in a great state of mind would you be having “this” conversation? 

Are you tending towards more “direct and honest” feedback … and would you do that IF you were in a “sunny” mood!

Are you going to make a decision, “say something” or act in some way that you will regret later?

We are all human, with human feelings and emotions … but in the work place it is important to make rational business decisions, NOT react because of those emotions.   A few thoughts for when you might be a little emotional …

1.  Make sure you give yourself time to really think before reacting.

2.  The old example of sending your “response email” … to yourself and not replying to the originator until you have had time to settle down is good advice.

3.   Walk away from contentious discussions, put them off, set up a future meeting … don’t get drawn into a “her and now” discussion.

4.   Take deep breaths and physically calm yourself down … so that you can appear relaxed.

5.  Always remember that you don’t want to be regretting “this decision” later!

Walk fast and SMILE!

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Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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