OutsourceHR's Business Book Blog

August 26, 2018

The author teaches us to recognize our habits good and bad.  How to identify our bad ones as they occur and how to defeat them by determining what triggers them, how we react to them and by identifying the rewards we feel by succumbing to them.

In order to modify a habit, we must decide to change it.  We must consciously accept the hard work of identifying the cues and rewards that drive the habit's routines, and find alternatives.  We must know that we have control and be self-conscious enough to use it.

Habits are the unthinking choices and invisible decisions that surround us every day - and which, just by looking at them, CAN become visible again.

I couldn't put this book down.  I loved that this book would jump from one supporting story to another, but stories that came from completely different sides of the spectrum and real history. 

It was engaging and provided an eye opening perspective in how to use the knowledge to change what needs to be changed in...

A business book that includes an online quiz and improvement strategies = engagement.  This book begins with explaining the value of an individual's emotional intelligence "EQ" score vs their intelligence quotient "IQ" score.  Something that fascinated me were the metrics and statistics gathered by the authors.  EQ is so critical; it accounts for 58% of performance in all jobs.  Also, on a 100-point scale, every added EQ point adds $1,300.00 to an annual salary.  In other terms, people with high EQ scores make an average of $29,000 more per year than people with low EQ scores.  These statistics definitely peaked my interest.

What does emotional intelligence look like?

First we need to understand the four EQ skills which are:

1.  Self Awareness - your ability to accurately perceive your own emotions in the moment and understand your tendencies across situations.

2.  Self Management - your ability to use your awareness of your emotions to stay flexible...

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