Chip Conley wrote one of my favorite business books…ever…PEAK, exploring how great companies get their mojo from Maslow. Changing Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs into Transformation Pyramids for employees, customers, and investors, Conley, Founder and then the CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, the second largest boutique hotel group in the country, delivered a recession-tested road map for transforming companies.

If you are expecting Conley’s latest offering, EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS, to be more of the same you may be disappointed. In fact, he has an emotional equation for that: Disappointment = Expectations – Reality. In fact, Conley has written an ambitious, courageous book that is a logical extension of the emotional intelligence he displayed in PEAK.

This is a genre-busting work…it’s a business book, no it’s a self-help book, no it’s a psychology text, no it’s faith based. It happens to be all wrapped into one.

Conley explores emotions in a fresh way, using mathematics to tap into a deeper understanding. This is a thought provoking book, best read when you have the time to explore and consider your own reactions and feelings.

Here are some of the equations:

Happiness = Wanting What You Have/Having What You Want (division)
Regret = Disappointment + Responsibility (addition)
Authenticity = Self-Awareness x Courage (multiplication)
Wisdom = The Square Root of Experience (my personal favorite, and a bit of higher order math)

The book is divided into four major sections, “Dealing With Difficult Times”, “Getting to Most Out of Your Work Life”, “Defining Who You Are” and “Finding Contentment.” Feeling anxious? Go to that chapter. Curious about Integrity? There’s a chapter for that as well.

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