On April 23, 2020, we held a webinar featuring Vishu Ramanathan, CEO of Buildout, Inc. (JuntoAlumni) and Raman Chadha, co-founder of The Junto Institute. Vishu and Raman shared how they are practicing self-awareness while working remotely, sheltering in place, and dealing with world developments. Below is a recording of the webinar, through which you can hear their shared experiences, different approaches, and daily practices. To learn about upcoming webinars, subscribe to our mailing list. SUMMARY NOTES Emotional Intelligence is a practice not a theory, actually putting things into practice. Practicing the identification of emotions, and putting this into practice. When you are angry you cannot know if you are right or wrong as it is the fight or flight response. With COVID-19, much more aware of emotions or being purposeful of transitioning from tasks or from business to family. With COVID-19 the stimuli around us has changed, for example, working beside our children or checking the news. The question is how these stimuli are affecting me and understanding where these emotions are coming from. Self-awareness brings appreciation of the moment. Values and purpose do not need to be these super ambitious goals, “cult of accomplishment” but instead it can be just enjoying the moment. Need to be with people aligned with my own values. If you want people to trust you, you make a promise and keep the promise, as a “rebel” it is not unusual to break promise, but being aware of it. “I make promises around fundamentally true things so they will not be broken”. “The way that I feel as CEO in the morning is how the company will feel by noon.” This is a shared experience, and talking about the personal struggle has created connections that have not been there before, but also connections needed now in the moment. “You are human, just as they are”. “Emotional hangover” – something triggers you for a negative emotion, you bring your emotional hangover with you to the next interaction. Practice a routine (ride bike to work and shower before getting to office) and be very mindful and deliberate of the peaceful routine to shed that “emotional hangover”. “My emotional intelligence journey has been more about the emotions that are the ones underneath the present ones.” Being aware that there a lot of emotions going on at one time and by being aware of it to no be controlled by it. Prior to practicing Emotional Intelligence I may not be aware I was stressed out, and would continue to do things and not very effectively, but now I can realize the stress and attend to those emotions. “Most beneficial thing I did was naming my emotions.” When you should name your feelings? When you can. In the beginning, set an alarm and ask yourself how you are feeling to get into the practice and then begin to name them as they come. Leaders don’t get a lot of feedback, ask the question “How am I perceived” versus “What feedback do you have for me?” “Am I good at what I’m doing right now?” is another question to ask yourself and learn your strengths and limits. Journaling on what we believe or believe in as a way to understand our values and purpose.