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emotional intelligenceA number of years ago a colleague suggested I read Emotional Intelligence. I never did pick up the book. When 2.0 came out I remembered that recommendation and I bought the book.

I pretty much read it cover to cover over lunch while eating out alone during a business trip. I found myself flipping through pages quickly, skimming the material, not because I didn’t find it interesting, but rather because I felt like I knew most of┬áthe points, and I didn’t need the anecdotes and stories designed to make the ideas come to life.

If every idea had been listed as a bullet point, or on a flash card, I would have gotten the same value out of it. This is not to say that there isn’t valuable material here. I simply either knew the material, or didn’t feel knowing it made enough of a difference.

I read the whole book, where the term “read” might be stretching it just a bit. If a reader has trouble connecting with people at work, or focusing his career, or simply wants to understand himself better, this is a good book to start with. The online test is designed to illuminate a person’s inner makeup and help in self-understanding.

It’s a quick, entertaining read, and a classic for any self-help-fanatic.

Rating: ** 1/2

 

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