The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book : Everything You Need to Know to Put Your EQ to Work
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: THE #1 PREDICTOR OF PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE
In today's fast-paced world of competitive workplaces and chaotic personal lives, each of us is searching for effective tools that can make our schedules, behaviors, and relationships more manageable. The Emotional Intelligence Quickbook shows us how understanding and utilizing emotional intelligence can be the key to exceeding our goals and achieving our fullest potential.
Authors Bradberry and Greaves use their years of experience as emotional intelligence researchers, consultants, and speakers to revitalize our current understanding of emotional intelligence. They have combined their latest research on emotional intelligence with a quick, easy-to-use format and cut-to-the-chase information to demonstrate how this other kind of "smart" helps us to decrease our stress, increase our productivity, understand our emotions as they happen, and interact positively with those around us.
The Emotional Intelligence Quickbook brings this concept to light in a way that has not been done before -- making EQ practical and easy to apply in every aspect of our daily lives. The Quickbook will help you to:
- Engage the four unique areas of EQ: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management
- Increase your EQ through the use of these skill-building techniques
- Apply your EQ at work to develop leadership skills and improve teamwork, making you a better manager and a more desirable employee
- Practice your EQ outside the office environment to benefit your relationships with loved ones, making you a better partner and parent
- Access the link between your EQ and your physical well-being to improve your overall health
- Measure your current EQ through access to the authors' bestselling online Emotional Intelligence Appraisal
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September 30, 2003
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Excerpt from The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book by Travis Bradberry
It was frigid and damp at dawn the last day Phineas Gage arrived to work on time. As he shoved his hands in the pockets of his jacket and cut through the cold, he contemplated the challenges that lay ahead in the building of the Burlington Railroad through Vermont. In the eighteen months he'd served as foreman, the crew had made considerable progress, but the terrain they were now forced to conquer was rocky and unforgiving. The early dawn light, softened by the moisture in the air, scarcely lit the winding path to the job site. The distant rhythm of iron sledgehammers thumping in sequence was soothing and forced an early morning smile from Phineas's lips. His crew was on the job a full fifteen minutes before the first whistle. Phineas had earned a reputation as the most efficient and capable foreman in the company. The discipline and passion he brought to the site ensured that projects were completed on time, and the social niceties he espoused made him a favorite with the men he supervised. A "shrewd, smart businessman," he walked his talk, avoided the alluring depravity of the local saloon, and got along famously with family and friends.
The day wore on with the usual efficiency. Yard by yard Phineas and his crew laid tracks, blasting through the rugged terrain in the quest to speed travel for busy commuters. By the time he glanced at his watch at 4:30, they had added half a mile to the rail line. With skill Phineas thrust his tamping iron into the angled blasting hole and entertained thoughts of the day he had retrieved this special rod from the local blacksmith. The brawny craftsman had explained to Phineas with uncharacteristic glee that this iron was unlike any other he had ever seen.
Before taking the next swing in his daily exercise of geometry and strength, Phineas signaled his assistant to pour sand into the blasting hole. The layer of sand would protect the powder from exploding prematurely while he packed it with the tamping iron. As Phineas reared back to swing, he was startled by a shrill racket behind him. Peering over his right shoulder, he saw that the crew in the pit had knocked over a large load of boulders they were transferring to a platform car with a crane. Phineas sighed briefly to mourn the setback, then completed his swing with the iron, oblivious to the fact that his assistant had also been distracted by the noise. The assistant had failed to place sand in the hole, and the scrape of Phineas's iron against the rock perimeter of the crevice created a spark big enough to ignite the unprotected powder at the bottom. The raw force of the explosion launched Phineas's tamping iron like a rocket. It pierced his face below his left eye and continued upward through the top of his head and beyond. The iron finally settled in the weeds a hundred feet from the spot where Phineas stood.