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The Emotional Energy Matrix in Your School

An interesting article from Joseph Little,  Director at CPC SYSTEMS LIMITED on the emotional energy matrix and its applications to organisations. It certainly rings true of every school I’ve worked in…

I first came across the emotional energy matrix diagram during my Football Association B licence coaching course. If I’m honest, the power of these ideas took a while to sink in, but as I spent more time considering the players and staff within my teams, and assessing where they fitted within the matrix, things became a lot clearer for me.

Managers must strive to deliver maximum performance from their teams. They must extract positive and high energy from their team members to deliver the best chance of achieving our goals. Getting a group of people into the Green Zone, where high performance becomes commonplace is the utopia of management. But you can’t just pop out to the shop or speak to your recruiter, saying that you want people from the Green Zone, even if you have the deepest pockets. Life’s complicated; People are complicated. A star performer this week might need support next week. As Managers, this must be our focus.

It’s likely that the best managers aren’t the best technical person in the room. They are however, Masters at understanding their team well enough to motivate and lead them to produce top results. It is important to recognise where people sit within the matrix. Noting that people will move between these zones, we need to try to understand why they have landed in a particular zone, and work out how to help them get back to the Green Zone! This is a dynamic challenge. All day, every day.
If you have ever been fortunate enough to walk around a professional football club, it’s easy to become mesmerised by the photos of past victories, club legends and motivating quotes which capture the ethos of the club. These items are there to create an environment that reflects the ambitions of the club and will aim to direct the individual and team towards the Green Zone.
But what can you can take from this article to improve your own and your teams’ performance? Here are some potential ideas:
1. Identify quickly where you and your team members currently sit within the matrix
2. Present the mood matrix in your next team meeting and get the team to assess themselves
3. Identify strategies to work with the individuals and team to direct them toward the green zone i.e. team get togethers, decorate the office, new working practices etc
4. Print out the mood matrix and display it on the wall around your office and in meeting rooms as a constant reminder
5. Make the big decisions and work out who needs to stay and who needs to find happiness elsewhere. Sometimes it’s best to shake hands and go your separate ways, wishing each other the best for the future.

This article was originally posted by the author here on LinkedIn.

Learn how to recognise your own and others’ emotions, as well as some ideas about how to manage your emotions and use them in making decisions.

Source: Recognising and Managing Emotions | SkillsYouNeed


About educationalist04

I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans. The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world. My books, Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success together with this blog, explore how better learning outcomes for all can be achieved.

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