chapter  3
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Emotional Competence

Despite all the hype in recent years about honoring diversity and learning from different perspectives, to admit that we fear a new situation or may need help is still tantamount to admitting incompetence. This avoidance isn't limited to organizations, although the impact is exponential in our work environment. As a culture, we are bereft of skills or courage to recognize, name, or process our emotions. We largely are a culture of emotional incompetents. And, sadly, that has been OK. Wehave sacrificed our emotional selves to the altar of science and intellect, and despite overwhelming evidence that our culture is sick, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as a result, our trances have kept us in a perverse acceptance of the situation.