Mastering Emotional Agility: The ‘Mood Elevator’

In the fast-paced and emotionally taxing world of legal practice law firm owners face unique challenges. The Mood Elevator, a concept developed by Senn Delaney, offers a crucial framework for understanding and managing emotions in a way that can directly benefit both personal well-being and professional success.

Understanding the Mood Elevator

The Mood Elevator is a metaphorical representation of our daily emotional fluctuations. Picture an elevator moving through various floors, each representing a different emotional state. At the lower floors, there are feelings of stress, defensiveness, and worry, common in high-stress environments like legal practice. As we move up, we find more constructive states like patience, understanding, and optimism. The top floors are where the most productive and positive emotions reside – gratitude, wisdom, and joy. These levels are where we are at our best, both personally and professionally.

Levels of the Mood Elevator:

Mood Scale

So what’s the secret?  Start every interaction at Neutral or Curious.  It takes less time, energy and effort to get to the top floors… Higher level thinking, creativity and innovation happen when you are at your best.  If you come into a situation impatient, angry or irritated it takes a lot more effort to get to those top floors.  Stay Neutral people! Ask questions and BE CURIOUS.

Elevating Your Mood for Better Business Outcomes:

  1. Self-Awareness in Stressful Situations: Identify your emotional state and emotional triggers, especially during high-stress situations like court hearings or crucial client meetings.
  2. Mindfulness in Daily Practice: Implement mindfulness techniques between meetings or court sessions to reset your mood and approach each situation afresh.
  3. Building a Supportive Network: Regular interaction with peers, mentors, or a professional support group can provide perspective and elevate your mood.
  4. Client Interaction and Empathy: Cultivate empathy to connect with clients on a personal level, understanding their concerns and building trust.
  5. Balancing Work and Life: Prioritize work-life balance to maintain emotional stability. This balance is crucial in preventing burnout and ensuring sustained productivity.


Mastering the Mood

Elevator is more than emotional intelligence; it’s a strategic tool for business success. By maintaining a position on the higher floors, you can ensure clearer thinking, better client relationships, and more effective firm management. Remember, every interaction, every decision, and every day in the life of a lawyer is influenced by where you are on the Mood Elevator. Learning to control this journey can lead to both personal well-being and professional excellence.


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