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Emotional Intelligence for a Successful Career (409)


20 and 21 March 2024

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr Tanja Wranik


Doctoral researchers face constant uncertainty and ambiguity, deal with diverse – and sometimes difficult - people, and push forward projects and ideas despite strong resistance and obstacles. In the most challenging times, this can lead to anxiety, frustration, anger, and even fear. When everything works out as planned, it can lead to pride, joy, or simply relief. Moods and emotions are an important part of working life. They motivate individuals, groups, and entire organizations and influence decision-making, relationships, performance, and health. A well-developed set of social and emotional skills will also help doctoral candidates enjoy and thrive in the stressful and politically charged university environment and pave the way towards a successful career, whether in academia or outside academia.

In this two-day workshop, we will examine the positive and negative influences of moods and emotions at work, define emotional intelligence and demonstrate how it influences the behaviors and consequences of emotions, and discuss strategies to effectively use and manage one's own emotions and the emotions of others. Since emotional intelligence is highly context dependent, we will discuss how languages and cultures influence emotions at work and the potential ways to deal with social situations depending on language and culture. Depending on the participants' needs and goals, we will then apply these skills to topics such as: stress and conflict management; inspiring and influencing others; managing team dynamics; and navigating the politics and power games within academia and other institutions.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

• Identify and describe moods, emotions, and other affective states

• Deal with common emotional situations at work

• Sketch a self-assessment of own strengths in emotional competence as well as ideas on how to improve needed capabilities for the current job and the chosen future career

• Set specific goals to improve emotional competence and a personal action plan.



Participants should have at least 1.5 years of experience in the academic environment and feel comfortable speaking and collaborating with others in English.


Preparatory work

Some self-reflection may be required before the workshop, however the main requirement is that participants come prepared to participate actively for the full two days. This is an interactive course in which the relationships and experiences shared within the group are just as crucial for the learning experience as the interaction with the professor.







Date : Wedensday the 20th and Thursday the 21st March 2024

Schedule : From 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Place: Online



Tanja Wranik is a global leadership professional with over thirty years of professional experience. She started her career in lean management and strategic intercultural communication working for multinational organizations in Germany and Belgium before obtaining a scholarship to pursue a doctoral degree. During her academic journey, she specialized in organizational behavior, emotional competence, and behavioral finance working at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and Yale University, USA. After her postdoctoral fellowship at Yale, she was a senior lecturer in Applied Psychology at the University of Geneva and currently teaches Organizational Behavior, Strategic Leadership, Workplace Health Promotion, Digital Transformation, and Human Resources at several Universities and Business Schools. Besides maintaining contact with the academic world, Tanja is a certified Work and Organizational Psychologist, FSP, a certified Executive Leadership and Team Coach, ICF, PCC, and consultant for Strategic Organizational Development. She has worked with hundreds of organizations and companies in over 15 countries and speaks English, German, and French.






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