Emotions Matter

 In Change Management

Emotions matter.  Or, as many rational behavior economist believe, the decision-making process is based on making choices that result in the optimal level of benefit for an individual.  Interesting.  Is that really how it works?  Consider: how did I chose my spouse, name my children, or buy that red corvette convertible and head off to California?  Are decisions purely rational?  Let’s take a look at how some very thoughtful people commented on emotions.

“The most decisive actions of our life . . . are most often unconsidered actions.”                                      André Gide. Author. 1869 – 1951.

“Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking.            The one is a shadow of the other.”                                                                                                                     Carl Gustav Jung. Psychologist, Psychoanalyst. 1875 – 1961

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”                                                                                        Vince [Vincent Thomas] Lombardi. U.S.A. Football Player, Coach, and Executive. 1913 – 1970.

“Irrational exuberance.”                                                                                                                                Alan Greenspan. Economist. 1926 –

“The most frightening thing about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent.”              Stanley Kubrick. Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer. 1928 – 1999.

“Reason is nowhere pure.”                                                                                                                        Antonio Damasio. Neuroscientist. 1944 –

With these perspectives as beacons for reflection, what are your feelings on emotion?  We look forward to hearing your perspective.


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