A lesson from the Star Trek Universe.
Data: “Captain, I believe I am feeling … anxiety. It is an intriguing sensation. A most distracting ….”
Picard: “Data, I’m sure it’s a fascinating experience, but perhaps you should deactivate your emotion chip for now.”
Data: “Good idea, sir. Done.”
Picard: “Data, there are times that I envy you.”
Yes, at times it would be easier to turn off our “emotion chip”. Funny and sad that so many people try very hard, and get close, to doing just that each day.
We are human and our emotion chips are hardwired into our being. Our emotions carry our life’s story. Emotions express our unique interpretation of the world around us.
Indeed our emotions can stop us cold, unable to step forward. Yet, our emotions can light the way forward.
Anxiety, Apathy and Anger … emotions all, can be problematic. As leaders, as people, we experience these and other negative emotions. How we react and decide is the difference maker.
Yet, Courage, Confidence, and Curiosity are emotions too.
No need to turn off your emotion chip. At times you may even want to turn up the volume.