The Power of Emotion Chapters & Forward

Linda Marshall's The Power of Emotion, A Practical Guide to Making The Most Of Your Emotional Intelligence's book format encourages practical learning and includes 30 chapters on topics associated with emotional intelligence. Please enjoy Carol Kehoe's book, Forward.

The Power of Emotion Book Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Chapter One: Emotional Intelligence: What it Means and Why it Matters

SELF-AWARENESS

Chapter Two: Become Self-Aware and Learn What Makes You Tick
Chapter Three: Getting to Know Your Emotions
Chapter Four: How to Assess the Physical Effects of Your Emotions
Chapter Five: How to Avoid an Emotional Hijacking
Chapter Six: How to Examine the Ripple Effect of Your Emotions
Chapter Seven: Can Practising Mindfulness Change Your Life?
Chapter Eight: Are You Living a “Drive-By Life”?
Chapter Nine: Are You Confiding in the Right Person?

SELF-MANAGEMENT

Chapter Ten: The Benefits of Self-Management
Chapter Eleven: The Power of Daily Problem-Solving
Chapter Twelve: Practical Strategies to Resolve Conflict Effectively
Chapter Thirteen: Never Underestimate the Powerful Role Joy Plays in Your Life

Chapter Fourteen: Are You the Obstacle in Your Way?
Chapter Fifteen: Legacy: Giving of Oneself in Support of Others
Chapter Sixteen: How Your Drive to Achieve Influences Success
Chapter Seventeen: Strive for Excellence, Not Perfection
Chapter Eighteen: Your Mind Believes the Powerful Thoughts You Tell It
Chapter Nineteen: The Beauty of Self-Care: It Benefits Everyone
Chapter Twenty: How to Build Resiliency
Chapter Twenty-One: The Power of Our Mindset

SOCIAL AWARENESS

Chapter Twenty-Two: People Never Forget How You Make Them Feel
Chapter Twenty-Three: The Power of Empathy
Chapter Twenty-Four: The Importance of Relationship Management
Chapter Twenty-Five: Trust: The Backbone of Effective Relationships
Chapter Twenty-Six: Embrace Change and Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Chapter Twenty-Seven: Why Communication is So Important
Chapter Twenty-Eight: What is Great Leadership?
Chapter Twenty-Nine: How to Develop a High-Performing Team
Chapter Thirty: Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children

  • In all challenging circumstances, we need to control our emotions rather than allow them to lead us. If we permit fear to take over, it reduces our ability to make the best decisions at that moment. This usually means moving out of our comfort zone and exercising measured risk that couples logic and emotion. When we're able to do that, we stretch and grow, especially when we're in circumstances where a positive outcome isn't guaranteed.
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The Power of Emotion Book Forward

I had the privilege of working with Linda on her last book, and it’s been a treat to share the process of writing this one with her again.

Like anyone who believes in self-improvement and seeks out those voices that can provide ideas, guidance, and insight, Linda has spent a lifetime learning about what it means to be your authentic self.  It’s not an easy road to travel:  you make mistakes, the path winds and bends unexpectedly, and sometimes you’re caught in that “drive-by life” style that makes everything less clear. When Linda first coined that phrase, I remember thinking, “Wow, that’s what I was doing for so long,” and I was so glad I was past it.

In this book, Linda highlights how emotional intelligence, commonly known as EI, can be a boon to your life, personally and professionally. She’s read widely and deeply on this subject, lived it, and teaches it. What makes this book special is its simplicity: each chapter is a summary of the key EI aesthetics. It’s a primer that you can read as a precursor to deeper discussion on any or all of the aesthetics, and it’s a valuable reminder for anyone who has already started along the path of trying to understand themselves and the world around them.

Linda’s willingness to share her own learning and experiences through reflection in the section “Here’s What I Know to be True” is evidence she lives what she writes. She’s putting herself out there, her vulnerability visible, and, through her experience, you better understand how being intelligent about your feelings and emotions can make you the best person you can be.

It’s really all any of us strive for: to be one with the world, to treat and be treated by others with care and compassion. Listening to your own feelings and caring for the feelings of others, will, as Linda illustrates throughout, lead you in that direction. Each chapter includes exercises we can practise, and great questions we can all ask ourselves. Linda has made it easy for us if we just take the time to execute.

In Subir Chowdhury’s book The Difference, When Good Enough Isn’t Enough, he writes, “A key part of resolve is a willingness to change and adapt.” Linda is asking this of us, too: resolve to pay attention, and you’ll be better for it. It’s advice worth taking.

Carol Kehoe
Executive Director, Tafelmusik

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