On November 17th, 2015, SHRM@QU invited Professor Bellizzi to conduct a workshop on emotional intelligence. This introduction to the subject allows students to understand that self-awareness is needed in order to be success in future leadership positions. The workshop began with an opening activity. All 7 members that came to the meeting went into a circle and picked a partner. Since there was an odd number of people, it left one person without a partner. There were issues when picking a partner, but this dilemma allowed students to understand the concept of picker and pickee. This exercise was a simple version of how life is; the concept of being the one to call the shots verse waiting for others to make the choice for you. The real life example let us question the “what ifs” that occur in every day decisions.
After the warm-up, Professor Bellizzi went into details about the concepts of emotional intelligence. He explained the ways of cognitive processing that related to the opening exercise. Along with that, he explained other aspects, such as the Amygdala hijack, his table of emotional intelligence, and how to mediate. He walked all participants through a brief meditation and provided members with tips for how to incorporate mindfulness into our lives to relieve stress. He ended the workshop with questions and gave us information about books and other resources regarding emotional intelligence.
Professor Bellizzi was able to make a compelling workshop where he applied how to be a better manager and team player in a future potential career. It was fascinating to apply emotion to the workforce. It reminds students that business is not just about the work, but the people you are engaging with.