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Emotional Agility

Susan David et al

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Brief article summarizing benefits of managing thoughts and emotions, and why such work can be beneficial in work and life.

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Excerpt from Harvard Business Review, Nov 2013.

The prevailing wisdom says that difficult thoughts and feelings have no place at the office: Executives, and particularly leaders, should be either stoic or cheerful; they must project confidence and damp down any negativity bubbling up inside them. But that goes against basic biology. All healthy human beings have an inner stream of thoughts and feelings that include criticism, doubt, and fear. That’s just our minds doing the job they were designed to do: trying to anticipate and solve problems and avoid potential pitfalls.

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