Emotional Courage: How to Speak Directly and Meet Resistance

Helena Åhman

Original title: Tunnerohkeus - Suoraan puhumisen ja vastarinnan kohtaamisen taito

Author: Helena Åhman

Published: 2024

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Pages: 250

Reading material:

Finnish manuscript

How to succeed in demanding interactions? This book will help you discover the secret of meeting emotions and resistance without hesitation!

Do you want to achieve success in demanding interactions?

In this book, Finland’s leading business writer Helena Åhman, PhD, shares her fascinating journey and discovery of a crucial ingredient to succeed in challenging interactions. She describes her encounters with NASA’s astronauts and Ivy League professors as well as with captivating Finnish leaders from the dark north who have succeeded from New York City to Dubai’s deserts and around the world. The stories span from Virgin Atlantic’s executive team to Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s wisdom and from excelling in the world-renowned Finnish school system to heading the Finnish Air Force.

All the stories share the same themes – emotional courage, ability to encounter emotions and speak directly, also when met with opposition.

Take all this wisdom and intriguing personal stories, including the author’s own, combined with latest research and you’ll get answers to three questions that define emotional courage:

1) What kind of counterintuitive thinking is useful when you meet resistance and opposing views, and how to overcome the worst mistakes?

2) Why is it useful to speak boldly, and most importantly, how? It might not be what you think.

3) How do you get rid of disturbing emotions, and when should you absolutely not let them go?

This book will guide you through the sandstorms of emotion – yours or others’- to talk about anything you need to. The book will help you to use its knowledge in your daily life, whether in the boardroom or the bedroom, and is served with the addition of Finnish rock lyrics on emotional courage.

Dr. Helena Åhman has done it again! She has written a thought-provoking, inspiring and practical book for today’s polarized world, workplace and personal relations. Her new book is based on sound research and she offers excellent advice for our everyday work and personal challenges. The book reads like a captivating novel with a rich tapestry of characters, situations, lyrics, visualizations, and the hope that good guys will win at the end. Dr. Åhman is introducing a creative vocabulary that by itself makes you curious – what is the meaning of “emotional courage,” “sandstorm competence,” “guessing energy,” and how to master the art of the “straight talk”?

– Jukka Laitamäki, professor, New York University

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About author

Helena Åhman

Helena Åhman, PhD, is a Professor of Practice at the University of Turku School of Economics and the only three-time literature prize winner for the best business book in Finland. She has been recognized four times as one of Finland’s best speakers by three different organizations and her accolades include the Speaker of the Year award in 2015. Helena has also published a crime novel and her ability to combine storytelling with scientific facts and everyday hints makes for an entertaining reading experience.

Her focus area at the University of Turku School of Economics is conversational intelligence – demanding discussions, negotiations and conflicts - and understanding the human mind. The topic of her doctoral thesis was How to Lead Your Mind and Succeed in Changing Organizations.

She has taken numerous courses at Harvard University’s Negotiation Programme and has given lectures at New York University and other universities. Helena is widely known as a skilful executive team coach who has previously been responsible for global senior management development at Nokia Networks. She has received the global PR-prize of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCI) in a conference held in South Korea for the project she managed.

Outside of work, Helena spends time with her partner (you’ll find his rock lyrics in Helena’s book), takes long walks with her German Shepherd Psyko (Psycho in Finnish), and occasionally takes a trip where she concentrates solely on photography. Currently there are plans for her third solo photo exhibition – around the theme of her new book.


2024, Personal Growth & Lifestyle

Helena Åhman

Emotional Courage: How to Speak Directly and Meet Resistance