How much emotion is too much for a public or work setting?


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When I worked in the corporate world, I knew that as a woman I wasn’t allowed to get angry. That wasn’t a thing. In an attempt to control that anger, sometimes I would get so frustrated that I would end up in tears.

(Men, on the other hand, don’t seem to have this problem. They get angry at work and it seems to be OK).

I often think about how businesses can create a professional environment where people can express their emotions in a healthy way — where they don’t suppress their natural emotions, but also don’t use their emotions to poison the workplace, like the toxic manager screaming and banging his fist on the table to intimidate his employees.

I spoke with my guests Ed Samuel, Dr. Mohan Ananda and Karen Loomis about when emotional expression is appropriate in the workplace, the role gender dynamics play and whether it’s enough just to have good intentions.

“What’s the real intent? If the intent is to hurt, I’m not a fan. If the intent is to show boat, I’m not a fan. But if the intent is true and it’s in the right place and the right time, I’m okay with it.” Ed Samuel, career coach at Sam Nova.

“If someone shows a positive attitude, I think that will encourage others to work together…if you show stress or fear, that will inhibit not only your work, but the team’s work.” Dr. Mohan Ananda, entrepreneur and author

“I don’t think it’s ever acceptable to lost control, lose your composure and to be excessive.” Karen Loomis, founder of No Moss Brands, professor.

Where do you think the line is between not bottling up and too much at work?

Connect with the panelists: Dr. Mohan Ananda: Karen Loomis: Ed Samuel: Dr Robyn Odegaard:

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