After psychologist Daniel Goleman wrote his first book, Emotional Intelligence (EI), in 1995, to introduce the topic to corporations and businesses of every size, it was hailed as a ground-breaking idea, one of the most influential of the century. Today, Emotional Intelligence is used in hiring, creating leaders, increasing productivity, project management, team building, and reducing stress.
Companies like General Mills, Target, and Google have developed EI training programs for employees to teach them how to do their jobs better and be happier at home too.
Research into EI has been grounded in neuroscience, the study of our brains. And the most ancient part of our brains generates the emotions that have become so important in our lives.
Traditionally, emotions have been discounted in the business world in favor of analytical thinking, but recently businesses have realized that being aware of our emotions, managing them, and managing the emotions of other people are as important, perhaps more important, in the way we do business and in our personal lives.
Most EI coaches do a good job in advising people how to increase their emotional intelligence, but I can go one step further — I can help people CHANGE their negative emotions into positive feelings. I help people every day with issues of all kinds, using many techniques such as Emotional Freedom Techniques, Matrix Reimprinting, Eye Movement Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, and HeartMath Convergence. Usually, only a few sessions are needed to help people make significant positive changes in their lives.
“Emotional Intelligence is the underlying premise for all management training.” — Linda Keegan, Vice President, Executive Development, Citibank
“Interpersonal communication and other so-called soft skills are what corporate recruiters crave most but find most elusive in M.B.A. graduates,” says the WSJ. “The major business schools produce graduates with analytical horsepower and solid command of the basics — finance, marketing and strategy. But soft skills such as communication, leadership and a team mentality sometimes receive cursory treatment.” — Wall Street Journal
“Emotional competence is the single most important personal quality that each of us must develop and access to experience a breakthrough. Only through managing our emotions can we access our intellect and our technical competence. An emotionally competent person performs better under pressure.” –Dave Lennick, Executive VP, American Express Financial Advisers
“In the last decade or so, science has discovered a tremendous amount about the role emotions play in our lives. Researchers have found that even more than IQ, your emotional awareness and abilities to handle feelings will determine your success and happiness in all walks of life, including family relationships.” –John Gottman, Ph.D.
“Knowing others and knowing oneself, in one hundred battles no danger. Not knowing the other and knowing oneself, one victory for one loss. Not knowing the other and not knowing oneself, in every battle certain defeat.” –Sun Tzu, The Art of War
“75% of careers are derailed for reasons related to emotional competencies, including inability to handle interpersonal problems; unsatisfactory team leadership during times of difficulty or conflict; or inability to adapt to change or elicit trust.” — The Center for Creative Leadership, 1994
“The nervous system and hormone responses of hostile people are a pathway to disease and death.” — Redford Williams, M.D., “Anger Kills”