This week’s book of the week is Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. This book is a pretty easy read with enormous value because of the test associated with it. In the back of the book there is is a code to take the test. Yesterday we talked about the four skills of emotional intelligence. This test rates you on all four skills, including, self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. The picture below is a screenshot from the results of the test I took. This is not just some Facebook test that gets posted, they have gone into a lot of research in helping people find what they need to work on in the field of emotional intelligence. I also caution against comparison of your numbers. It has a whole lot more to do with your experiences, what you were brought up to see as correct responses and understandings, and how you’ve grown regarding those experiences through the years. Each and every one of our experiences and what we’ve learned along the way is different.
What’s really cool is that once we have these numbers, the authors of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 gives us strategies to increase our EQ. What’s cool is even if you have great self-awareness, it’s not always obvious the exact things you need to work on. However, when I read my EQ strategies, they were right on point with things I need to work on. I wouldn’t have guessed the first, “not making the most out of all situations”, however after reading the strategies for getting there I completely believe it to be true. Sometimes my striving to be a realist about things can drive me into a depression. Wow. I just said that. I see that in my personal life as well as my work life. I’m not a Debbie downer or anything, but sometimes I feel like I have a little bit of a gift for knowing things to look out for down the road and this focus can sometimes get in the way of my productivity when things are really hard. Below are my personal EQ strategies.
So, as I said before these three things “not making the most out of all situations”, “trouble handling frustration”, and “letting stress get the better of you” are all mine dead on. But the great thing about this book is that they give you strategies for focusing on how to work on those strategies. They recommend that you focus solely on the three given strategies from one of the four skills only. By improving your lowest score you inevitably also improve your abilities to more skillfully move through the other three skills. Below are screen shots of the strategy the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal test gave me.
I hope a little glance of what my test results look like encourages you to take the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal test. For your password you want to buy your own book, which you can do by going to VPG Book Store and clicking on the picture of the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 or by going directly here.
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