4 out of 4 stars
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Contrary to popular opinion, our emotions play a significant role in our career as much as the most prominent of all success metrics, intelligence quotient. In Emotional Intelligence At Work, Richard M. Contino and Penelope J. Holt guide their readers on how to identify their emotional needs at their workplaces. Being aware of the roles our emotions, including that of our co-workers, play in our work-life balance is crucial. One is an action away from steering his career to where he would like it to be.
The first few chapters were dedicated to showing the readers the different scenarios where our emotional needs tend to bias business decisions. Fictitious stories and narrations from personal experiences were presented to show practical ways a high business emotional intelligence can be helpful. Identifying our emotional needs isn’t something that could be easily uncovered, which is why the authors suggested using emotional clues. These clues could help knowledge workers have a better understanding of themselves. They can also be used to figure out the different personalities exhibited by their co-workers. The aim of the book is geared towards helping the reader attain a state of high emotional intelligence in their business life.
I enjoyed every bit of this book. It made me see business growth and development from a different vantage point. As a strong proponent of IQ over EQ, I must confess that the authors elaborately proved that a high IQ needs to work in tandem with a high EQ for the best career or business growth. The part that was beneficial to me the most has to be where strategies for striking the best business negotiations were highlighted.
All good books do have their flaws. I think the only thing I do not like about the book is its lack of scientific justifications for its claims. Although a handful of readers might not see this as a big deal, it’s something I love seeing in such kinds of books. Since various researches have been conducted in this field, the authors could do worse than making references to these works. I would also point out the few errors that I found in the book. Another round of proofreading would be needed.
I learnt a lot from reading this book. There isn’t anything I think would warrant denying this book the perfect rating that it deserves. Hence, I would give Emotional Intelligence At Work a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend the book to knowledge workers. Having a high business EQ would give one the intellectual capacity to excel in their business ventures.
Emotional Intelligence At Work
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