Book Reviews: Activate Your Brain & HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence

Hello everyone,

I have some interesting history books to share with you soon, but today let’s talk about a last couple ones about self-help and business. Enjoy!

Activate Your Brain: How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work – and Your Life by Scott G. Halford
Would you like to harness the full power of your brain so that you can improve your life and work? Then go grab a copy of Activate Your Brain, a helpful guide that will help you navigate your brain and make the most of it. Halford starts by describing our three brains, which are responsible for our automated, emotional and logical functions, how they work, and how our brain acts differently depending on whether it feels threatened or in control.
Of course, it’s when it is unthreatened and in control that our brains function best. How to reach that state? The next three sections explain exactly that. Halford shares the foods our brain needs to function properly, the importance of exercise and sleep, how to reduce stress and build stamina, use focus and willpower to reach our goals, create a sense of meaning and significance in our life, and a lot more.
Halford has a knack for simplifying complicated neuroscientific concepts, making them easily accessible and comprehensible to everyone. And his many practical tips to put what you’ve learned in practice are easy to do and incorporate into your daily life. That way you can improve your brain health and, as a result, make better personal and professional decisions. Highly recommended.
Available at: Amazon
Rating: 4/5

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence by Harvard Business Review
To be a great leader, you need more than an analytic mind, a decisive personality, and a big track record of accomplishments. You also need emotional intelligence. Although still grossly undervalued in the business world, teams that are lead by emotionally intelligent leaders tend to perform much better, and achieve bigger and better results faster. Luckily, emotionally intelligence can be learned.
The guys at Harvard Business Review have combed through hundreds of articles in their archive and selected ten to help you improve your emotional intelligent, and, as a result, your career. They explain what emotional intelligence is and what traits you must cultivate to boost yours, the importance of resilience, how to understand your strengths and weakness as well as your values and goals, how to manage your and your teams’ emotions to avoid conflicts, how to make empathetic and smart decisions, and much more.
The articles are short, but informative and insightful. They feature several examples of leaders who got it right and others that, with their emotional ignorance, have hurt their team, preventing them from reaching their goals. They also include lots of useful and practical tips on how you can boost your people’s skills. Of course, reading about them isn’t enough. You have to put them in practice too. But if you need help and don’t know where to start, get a copy of this book. You’ll be glad you did.
Available at: Amazon
Rating: 4/5

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