You may not know that I (Jason) create soft skills and professional development courses for the eLearning company Pluralsight. I was approached by them in 2012 to do a course based on my LinkedIn book, and within a few years was creating multiple courses per year.
I started out in my area of expertise, which was anything related to a job search. Eventually, I started to create courses that managers would recommend to their team to further their education, and improve soft skills. Some of my popular courses include:
- Becoming a Better Listener
- Effective Email Communication
- Leadership: Getting Started
- Management 101
- Prioritizing Tasks and Managing Time for Greater Productivity
- Working and Communicating With Different Personalities
You can see all of my courses here. Today I’m up to 35 courses, and hope to be able to do many more. I have to admit, being able to create soft skills and professional development courses has been awesome. It has been therapeutic as I’ve been able to think through experiences in my career and with a learning lens. I’ve been able to make sense of certain situations, encounters, and relationships with bosses.
My most recent course was something of a culmination of the other courses I’ve worked on: Emotional Intelligence. The course title is Leading with Emotional Intelligence. I could write blog posts about what I have learned while preparing and delivering the course. For now I’ll say that I thought EQ was pretty fluffy, feel-good stuff. But I’m sold. I think if managers and employees and everyone worked to increase EQ, we’d live in a completely different world.
So how does this relate to Snowfly? Lately I’ve been thinking about the power of recognition. Last week I wrote What Is A Peer Recognition System? I was thinking, after I wrote that post, that when you recognize your peer you are demonstrating “awareness of others” (one of the five pillars of emotional intelligence). When you communicate that, you are practicing another pillar (social skills and communication).
Snowfly’s peer recognition system is a tool that allows your team to have and demonstrate higher emotional intelligence!
I’m not naive enough to think that without a formal peer recognition system these things don’t happen. I hope that you have cultivated a work environment where your team is aware and complimentary.
Snowfly’s tools become, though, a manifestation of your dedication to building a culture where you encourage each person to be more aware of what others are doing. Being aware of others creates a feeling of community and cohesiveness. Being aware of others helps people feel appreciated. As you create this culture, you want to encourage people to find the good in others, and their actions, and intents. We are not policing one another, rather we are finding and recognizing awesomeness, no matter how small.
Snowfly has never been branded as an EQ tool. But it has been branded as a tool to enhance and reinforce a positive culture. And my realization, after I turned my emotional intelligence course in, is that our customers have the tools to have higher emotional intelligence.
This is much bigger than rewards and prizes (although those are great). This is building the kind of environment where people love to work. Where they feel appreciated and they look for opportunities to show their appreciation for others.
That is Snowfly.
Want to talk about how we can help build this with you?