Up The Mood Elevator: Your Guide to Success without Stress

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 23 August 2013


Senn, L. (2013), "Up The Mood Elevator: Your Guide to Success without Stress", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 21 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/hrmid.2013.04421faa.002



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Up The Mood Elevator: Your Guide to Success without Stress

Article Type: Suggested readings From: Human Resource Management International Digest, Volume 21, Issue 6

Larry SennAmazon.com,2013,ISBN: 9780963601865

Larry Senn’s Up The Mood Elevator: Your Guide to Success without Stress shares principles, concepts and practical tools to improve your ride on your own “mood elevator” – a concept derived from his own experience and input from hundreds of groups and tens of thousands of people attending seminars he has designed or conducted.

The book contains 228 pages with 21 chapters including activities and information and index.

Larry Senn argues that, when it comes to life success and satisfaction, emotional quotient trumps intelligence quotient. The good news is that EQ can be learned, whereas IQ is fairly static. We deal better because we are more observant when we are up the mood elevator. We listen better, we see more and are more open to possibilities. As a result, people with a higher EQ have better support systems, better networks and better relationships. They have more resources at their disposal.

Larry Senn shares his personal and professional experience in this book. He highlights useful concepts and makes them easy to apply in everyday life.

The book is well researched and backed with the latest research findings. It helps underperformers to become peak performers. Larry Senn knows how to balance his personal, professional and social life. He highlights health, mind, peace, love, performance and success.

Among the main points raised in the book are:

  • Self-awareness, coupled with awareness of those around us, is part of the answer to high emotional intelligence; so is living life at our best and having more success with less stress.

  • Having knowledge, skills or even a high level of intelligence does not necessarily equip us to live the most successful or fulfilling life.

  • Worry is usually not as intense as anger, but it can be even more unsettling.

  • We need to starve – not feed – the flames of anger.

  • When life throws you a curve, you can go to angry or depressed mode or you can put your energy into what you can learn from the situation and what creative solutions might help get you of it.

  • To be human means there are times for joy and times for sorrow; times to laugh and times to cry; times to be confident and times to be insecure; times to be loving and times to be angry.

  • To live life at the fullest and at our best, we need to create our own “cycles” of stretch and recover in many aspects of our lives.

  • If you want to be happier, forget the myth that achievements or acquisitions will bring happiness; instead, focus on the kinds of activities you engage in and the thoughts you feed.

  • A gratitude perspective helps us to create more success with less stress because it boosts our emotional intelligence.

  • Faith and hope are often linked because faith gives one hope, and hope creates possibilities and healthier, more resourceful thinking.

The book helps people to lead a balanced life and unlocks potential to achieve all-round success in life.

Reviewed by Professor M.S.Rao, Leadership guru and author of 20 books on leadership