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7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence Paperback – March 1, 2001
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7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence is a structured guide, a workbook packed with individual exercises and self-assessments - an intensive course in EQ excellence. --Judith Pearson, PhD
From the Author
We wrote this book because we are committed to help to increase the worlds EQ. We really believe that this book will help you. Its contents are based on material we have been teaching since 1997 and which have proved to increase participants emotional Intelligence.
However, since this book has been written, we haven't stopped. Therefore, if you buy this book, you'll get free access to 2 assessment tools at the jobEQ.com website. The COMET tool will assess your level of competency in relationship to 11 topics we teach in "7 Steps". The report generated will help you focus your learning efforts on specifc sections of the book. The iWAM tool will help determine your preferences in terms of meta-programs that are discussed in the second half of lesson 4. Buying this book entitles you to the full iWAM management report.
Finally, our commitment to our readers means that we remain available for e-mail discussion to help our readers to get more out of our materials.
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This book is the answer, the missing piece that people was looking for.
This book is a very complete treatise about NLP, with very interesting comments and explanations about what is E.I. and, I think, the most important, the answers: How you can improve your E.I. using NLP.
I'd liked the references to Peter Senge and other work or management related comments.
As far as I remember, it is the first NLP book that includes the Bateson's levels of learning.
And, very important, this book includes a lot of exercises that you usually don't found in other books.
I have been told by one of the authors that "the book contains at least 25% typical emotional intelligence material"
Is it really adequate to have "at least 25% typical emotional intelligence material" in a book called "7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence"?
And what, in this context, is meant by "typical"?
In my opinion it certainly is NOT, for example, "typical" EI in the sense that Daniel Goleman or Salovey and Mayer use the term. Indeed, I'd be surprised if there was as much as 6 pages of material in the entire book that corresponds to any generally accepted definition of "emotional intelligence".
As far as I could see, it looked as though the definition of EI used here was made up for the occasion, partly on the basis of a book by Leslie Cameron-Bandler and Michael Lebeau called "The Emotional Hostage". Indeed, "7 Steps" takes Goleman to task for not having read "The Emotional Hostage" and claims that if he had read it then he "might have been [sic] reached very different conclusions" (on page 355). Yet strangely enough, though "The Emotional Hostage" is praised effusively, "7 Steps" also fails to reflect the key ideas in that book.
To be fair, these points might have been pardonable, to some extent, if the book actually added very much to our understanding of NLP, or at least showed us how to use NLP effectively in relation to our emotions. But in my opinion it does nothing of the kind. Of course that isn't so surprising since NLP itself has has always been much more interested in dealing with thoughts rather than with emotions. It is a significant gap in NLP's coverage of human psychology, and it's a great pity this book doesn't do anything at all, as far as I could see, to rectify the situation.
So, if you want a book on Emotional Intelligence, you'll be better off sticking with Goleman and other "mainstream" EI writers.
If you want an introduction to NLP then "Introducing NLP" by O'Connor and Seymour, or "NLP Workbook" by O'Connor are both far better options than this.
Unfortunately, I found 7 Steps to Emotional Intelligence even less useful due to the extremely technical, academic presentation style and the focus on Neuro Linguistic Programming. I didn't realize I was buying an NLP book...I thought this would be primarily a book about emotional intelligence.
Being an engineer, academic or technical presentation styles are usually not a problem for me, but I just found that I didn't want to spend 90% of my time comprehending NLP and only 10% learning about emotional intelligence.
If you are already very familiar with NLP, this book may be what you are looking for. If not, you may be disappointed, as I was.
As a trainer/coach I intend to use the insights in this book in my daily work. It offers a good mix of theoretical insights with practical hands-on exercises. The authors succeeded in structuring a large body of knowledge into 'seven lessons'. This adds greatly to the understanding of the material. It also helps to use it later as a reference book.
I also enjoyed the well-documented reading list. It is a great way to explore the domain beyond this book. In the appendices you get an overview of NLP and of the use of EQ tools in Human Resource Management.
It is my feeling that the insights of this book can help you to become excellent both in your professional as private life. I hope the insights of this book may enrich your life as it did mine.