Tracy Solarek, Founder & Chief Inspirer of Optymum Potential LLC
The Alaant Spotlight features regional influencers and local luminaries sharing their career advice and secrets to success—in their own words. They are the people making a powerful impact for good across the community.
While the shape of the workplace has changed dramatically over the past year, the skills it takes to be successful really haven’t. However, in this time of social distancing and working remotely, emotional intelligence (EI) has emerged as THE skill which individuals and businesses stand the most to benefit from by focusing on it now.
EI is the ability to be aware of, understand, and work with our emotions and influence others’ emotions. This leads to clearer communication, improved cooperation, and, ultimately, greater success at both the personal and organizational levels.
In the past, we had ample opportunities to engage with others — in break rooms or informal chats at the beginning/end of meetings — and become attuned with their emotions. But in today’s two-dimensional workplace, applying EI takes a lot more effort and purposeful intention. Not only are we required to engaged with others on different platforms, we also need to tap different parts of our brain to engage our EI. Just like learning to use muscle groups in your body, learning to engage new areas of your brain takes time and practice. And, in much the same way one works with a trainer at the gym, working with a certified EI trainer can help individuals develop skills more quickly and achieve their fullest potential.
Today, professional EI trainers are engaging with individuals and organizations of varying sizes to develop customized solutions to develop EI skills in individuals, re-energize teams, and building comradery. EI training is helping professionals and organizations adapt to the “new normal” and find success on many levels.
In 2020, Tracy took the leap from the corporate world to start Optymum Potential LLC. Optymum is dedicated to providing professional development using proven and innovative solutions to unveil potential and impact your bottom line. Partnering with organizations to achieve their goals is Tracy’s passion.
As a solutions-oriented leader, Tracy brings expertise in identifying and executing strategies to reverse underperforming operations using business analysis, change readiness assessments, and proactive communication skills. She is certified in Emotional Intelligence & 360 with 25 years' of professional experience across many industries.
Miriam Dushane, Managing Partner, Alaant Workforce Solutions
Miriam is all in when it comes to doing whatever she can to help the area grow and thrive. She is passionate about the work she does helping talented professionals find the right job opportunity and her work in the community is focused on furthering this area as a center for economic growth and vitality. Miriam likes to garden and take care of her pets and animals. She is a member of an adult only skate group where she roller blades every week. She loves the Mets! And she is completely obsessed with vacuum cleaners; she really likes to vacuum and has 6 right now.