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The Power of Emotions at Work

Accessing the Vital Intelligence in Your Workplace
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Emotions are a normal part of life—but we often dismiss them in the workplace. In this book, workplace consultant and empathy expert Karla McLaren teaches readers how to creatively and constructively support and work with all the emotions in the workplace to create a productive and healthy environment for all workers.
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An in-depth guide for all workers—employees, managers, and CEOs—on how to engage our emotions in the workplace to create a productive, creative, and truly workable environment.

We’ve all been taught that we must suppress or avoid emotions at work, but this inevitably leads to a loss in productivity, diminished creativity, and crushing job dissatisfaction. Research shows 85 percent of us avoid communicating crucial workplace problems upward, and many of us who are employed are actively looking for a different job. What’s going on?

“The foundational problem is that we threw emotions out of the workplace, when in fact, emotions contain the information we need to make our workplaces work,” says Karla McLaren. Now this renowned researcher shares her insights on the skills we most need—and are most often absent in the business world—for healthy, functional, and sustainable workplaces.

With The Power of Emotions at Work, McLaren teaches communication and empathy skills to workers at all levels, including:

  • How to co-create a healthy and well-balanced social environment that benefits all workers in any type of organization
  • How to recognize your primary emotional role—and the roles of others
  • How to support people in your organization who perform the most “emotional labor” 
  • Where to find authentic motivation and engagement in your job
  • How to go from an “unintentional community” to a place of genuine belonging, and much more 
We all yearn to be our authentic selves at work, where we feel supported and can communicate our feelings and frustrations in a constructive way. Workplaces are “unintentional communities,” says Karla McLaren, because without access to our emotions at work, we are left without the tools we need to do our best work in a functional community. This is your resource to help you understand and engage intelligently with emotions at work—so you can help to create healthy and intentional communities where people and projects thrive.
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Contents Paperback Book (288 pages) eBook (288 pages)
Filetypes EPUB, PDF, MOBI
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Product Code BK05950 BK05950W
ISBN Number 978-1-68364-544-3 978-1-68364-545-0
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Karla McLaren

About Karla McLaren

Karla McLaren, M.Ed., is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC and the developer of the Empathy Academy online learning site.Karla is the author of Embracing Anxiety, The Dynamic Emotional Integration Workbook, The Art of Empathy, The Language of Emotions, and the multimedia online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions.

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Incredible, Fresh View on Emotions

As an elementary school counselor I am amazed by this book. My favorite pieces I will share with my K-6 students have to do with emotion families and the ‘attributes’ of all emotions - especially ones like anger and anxiety. They are our teachers and our friends.

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