Goleman was a big deal in the 1990s, and I experienced this book that way when I read the unabridged version. Now, he has been flattered by imitation and assimilation into many related works. By that I mean, some of what he popularized about emotional intelligence, applied to the business world, has been rolled up into cognitive psychology and mainstream business schools teaching. And some of it has not been taken up so much -- the pschodynamic assumptions that are less empirically based.
I do not think one gains very much by going back to the 1990s bit here, and certainly not in this abridged version. It leaves out the connecting hypotheses and research basis. This abridged recording gives just the stories; so you get mostly Goleman the journalist, missing out on Goleman the Ph.D. psychologist. I preferred the whole deal in the unabridged original, not leaving out the innards. I'd recommend, if anything, reading or listening to the original book instead; or perhaps skip ahead to Goleman's Social Intelligence, which though it does not focus on business so much, pulls on more updated research and theory a decade later, in the mid-2000s.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New ed edition (29 June 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747543844
- ISBN-13: 978-0747543848
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)