Transparent Intelligence

How vulnerability at work increases emotional intelligence

Put hundreds of imperfect humans into tight quarters day-after-day, loaded up with challenging goals and pressure-inject the situation with uncontrollable external factors…and what do you expect you’ll get?  There are lots of answers to that question so let me just tell you what I’m getting at.  Humans are emotional creatures and they don’t leave their feelings at home when they commute to work.  No, emotions show up at work every day.  And grace-based leaders are equipped to handle emotions in ways that honor their people and lift up their organizations.

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines emotions as: instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.  Furthermore, this word originated in mid 16th century France and it denoted a public disturbance or commotion.

Do you see where I’m headed?

Grace is a word most people have heard, some people use, but few understand. Even fewer people associate Grace with the workplace.

Grace is a uniquely Christian concept that often gets confused with license, permissiveness or passivity.  Some think it’s akin to the “Get Out of Jail Free” Chance card in the popular board game Monopoly.  But that’s not grace.  That’s a cheap substitute.  Grace is a radical and powerful concept that, if fully understood and unleashed by leaders, has the potential to radically transform a workplace.

In this brief slideshow, I unpack the components of grace as articulated by Dr. Tim Kimmel of Family Matters, and adapted by me to help marketplace leaders learn how to glorify God and deliver uncommon results through the creation of a grace-based workplace.