There is a good podcast I have been listening to for a while and just to clarify it for the female audience, it’s more of a boy’s thing, so don´t expect anything you´d subscribe to otherwise. Given that these guys are publishing parts of their series on YouTube, here is the one episode subject matter to this topic.

To cut a long story short, the key message to understand is that you should “stifle your emotions” at all times. Don’t let them out! If you feel that bio-chemical reaction in your body prompting outcry, swallow it!

Isn’t that unhealthy? I am not a doctor, but I can tell you for a fact that emotions will destroy your career! Being choleric as a person is not a condition but a choice! These people exist and there is no way to avoid them. They are creating, amongst other problems, chaos, discomfort and lack of productivity. Moreover, people in their close proximity are often induced to report wrongdoings of others to distract from their own. Eventually, emotions will create a toxic environment that is hard to perform in.

There are 2 important sets of emotional evil in software development and operations:

  • Emotional peers:
    Consider them unstable! A spike in workload and they crack under the pressure! Woke up on the wrong side of the bed, you’ll not hear the end of it.
  • Emotional superiors or clients:
    Hard to rely on your assignments as you’ll find an ever-changing task list that will make it hard to finish your projects.

The takeaways from this post:

  • Don´t be an emotional disaster!
  • If you are encountering emotional mischief, see the opportunity it holds, use their inability to focus for your own benefit!

One last word. I have often heard that certain ethnicities are more prone to emotional instability. There are smarter people than me to determine the validity of this statement on a sociological basis but from experience I know this isn’t the case in business. It is true that temper varies depending on geolocation, however the further up you go up in business, the more people you’ll find that understand how to hold their emotions in check!

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