The Other Kind of Smart: Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success

The Other Kind of Smart: Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success

The Other Kind of Smart: Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success

The Other Kind of Smart: Simple Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence for Greater Personal Effectiveness and Success

Synopsis

We have known for years that the difference between those who become successful in life and those who struggle is their degree of emotional intelligence (EI), or "people skills." Now, The Other Kind of Smart shows readers how they can increase their emotional intelligence and overcome the barriers that are preventing them from realizing their true potential.

Emotional intelligence coach Harvey Deutschendorf has shown thousands of people how to relate emotional intelligence to everyday situations. Here, he uses the proven techniques of storytelling, combined with quotes and exercises, to show readers how to apply the principles of EI on the job. Filled with real-life scenarios and solutions, the book offers tools that will bring results in as little as five minutes a day and shows how to develop stress tolerance, cultivate empathy, increase flexibility with co-workers, boost assertiveness, and resolve problems successfully. Complete with an EI quiz that will help readers measure their own level of emotional intelligence, this invaluable guide will enable everyone to improve their relationships and increase their effectiveness at work in a practical, accessible way.

Excerpt

The most powerful tool is the one that people will use. the techniques in this book are simple, easy to understand and use, and will not demand a great deal of your time. I understand and respect the fact that you have a life with many diverse interests and limited time. Although you may have a strong interest in emotional intelligence, it must fit into your world, not the other way around. This book offers simple, effective techniques that will take five minutes per day.

Success is not a quantum leap. It is the accumulation of small changes resulting from perseverance, self-discipline, and learning to get the most from your emotional intelligence. When asked if it is difficult to increase one’s emotional intelligence, the answer is yes and no. No, it is not technically difficult. It does not require special knowledge, a high iq, or a lot of technical know-how. Yet it is not easy to do. It requires the selfdiscipline necessary to continually keep working over an extended period of time, even if the results are not immediately apparent. We may have been subconsciously working under self-destructive default modes for most of our lives. Many of our behavior modes were born out of necessity and survival mode to get us through difficult situations in our past. Many of us rely on anger and other strong emotions to cope with and escape dysfunctional families and other unfortunate situations that we are brought up with. Once we are out of the original family situation . . .

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