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The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success [Paperback]

Steven Stein , Howard E. Book
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1 Sep 2001
EQ (emotional intelligence) is the ability to tune into the world, to read situations and to connect with others. This book aims to take the mystery out of EQ, exploring a different EQ skill in each chapter, from emotional self-awareness to empathy, and providing self-assessment exercises, self-assignments and real-life stories. With the use of research from 42,000 people from a wide range of professions, the authors demonstrate that the application of emotional intelligence equals success.

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd (1 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749436026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749436025
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,257,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steven Stein, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist and the founder and president of Multi-Health Systems Inc., a leading psychological-testing publishing company. Howard Book, M.D., is an organisational consultant and psychiatrist and a founding member of the Associates in Workplace Consultation. Both are based in Toronto, Canada.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A readable look at success factors 9 July 2002
Format:Paperback
I was recommended the book by an aquaintance in the US on the basis that it had straightforward definitions of the terms used and good examples explaining the application and implication of each of the factors considered in EQ.
The main thrust of the book is to identify the factors in one's personal make up that contribute to success in life and at work, and that the traditional IQ is only a small and, based on research, a relatively insignificant contributor to overall life success. Other elements, such as the ability to empathize with the people around you, control wilder impulses, cope with pressure and stress are found to be greater contributors.
The book lived up to its billing in terms of being well structured and easy to read. I in turn would recommend it to those wishing to look at success factors in their day to day lives (not solely in a work environment) and try to develop these.
The book contains exercises on developing the different EQ elements but, if it is lacking in anything, it is a self diagnostic test or similar to assist the reader in identifying and prioritizing those areas needing improvement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised By Contents 25 Jan 2001
By David Factor, Ph.D., a psychologist - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was not sure what to expect when I started to read this book. The second author is a psychiatrist and an organizational consultant. The first author, Steven Stein is a psychologist, but also well known for heading up a very successful test publishing company. Was the book going to be an advertisement for his tests? Would his success as a businessperson enhance the credibility of the message?
The book was very easy to get into. The writing is engaging. It starts with a brief history and definition of emotional intelligence (something Goleman avoids in his first book on the subject). It focuses on Reuven BarOn's definition but also includes Peter Salovey and John Mayer's definition - the originators of the concept.
The book, to my pleasant surprise, does not focus on the test (Emotional Quotient Inventory -EQ-i), but on how to gauge yourself (using exercises provided in the book) and work on improving yourself in the 15 specific areas of emotional intelligence. For the most part the exercises are taken from well-validated methods of cognitive-behavior therapy. As a psychologist I have no problem recommending this book to clients. In fact, there is more data behind this approach than what is proposed in many of the "best-selling" books out there. (For the academically oriented professional, please read the EQ-i test manual.)
Most interesting to me were some of the studies in the last chapter. It is very unusual for self-help books, and books on emotional intelligence to include original research on the importance of the concept. This makes the book great for those people you know who doubt the importance of E.I. To see how E.I. has made a difference to the U.S. Air Force, and companies like American Express and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is impressive.
I've actually reviewed the research on the EQ-i, the test that much of the research is based on. The normative group is bigger and better than many tests in the marketplace: almost 42,000 people in 36 countries. There are also some good scientific publications on it. While there is no "perfect" test of E.I., I haven't found anything that even comes close to this one. In fact, I've come across many tests being used by companies that don't even come close to having the research that this one has. But the book is not about the test. You can't even get the test unless you are a psychologist or qualified management consultant or vocational counsellor.
Was the book an advertisement? Not really. The examples, which are very realistic, cover work and home situations.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch 13 Dec 2000
By Sidney Wallach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is really top notch in its field. It's different and better than a lot of the books on emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has become a bit of buzz word lately, but this book has substance and a great deal of humor. A unique characgteristic of this book is its crisp use of the emotional intelligence gauge which told me where my strengths and weaknesses are. The feedback I got from subordinates was how my managerial style had improved.
Although, I read this as an owner-manager, I found it had an impact on how I deal with my family.
It really is a top notch book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read It and PROSPER now! 13 Dec 2000
By Susan Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The EQ Edge" is a terrific book and an easy read! It's a cut above all the rest of the books out there on Emotional Intelligence because it clearly and meaningfully defines and describes the five building blocks (the interpersonal, intrapersonal, adapatiblity, stress management and mood) that together make up Emotional Intelligence, and goes on to define and describe all 15 competencies that make up these building blocks.
The book also includes a gauge for readers to evaluate their own competencies in their work life, family life and social life--and adds focused exercises that do enhance your Emotional Intelligence.
It brings with it a lot of engaging anecdotes, Emotional Intelligence profiles of successful salespeople, physicians, front-line workers and sports figures. The vignettes and profiles make this book come alive and the gauges and exercises work in strengthening Emotional Intelligence. For me it has helped in all aspects of my life. It's a must read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for People wanting an Introduction on EQ-i 18 Dec 2003
By David Yuen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This books is very easy to read, it goes through all the stages and criteria of being 'Emotionally Intelligent', while showing examples/stories on different situations and how one could handle it with greater EQ-i ability.
Although I have some backgrounds on this subject, I still find this book encouraging, and it's good to refer back to once in a while.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to better their EQ-i or just curious.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it and Prosper Now! 13 Dec 2000
By Susan Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Frankly I was surprised how easy this book was to read. It is well written, engaging and makes a tremendous amount of sense. It brings with it a lot of engaging anecdotes, Emotional Intelligence profiles of successful salespeople, physicians, front-line workers and sports figures. The vignettes and profiles make this book come alive. You can't be in business and not realize the importance of team work - this book contains the keys you need to keep teams working together. The EQ Edge will be effective for even the most resistant of people - the bottom line is you should follow the EQ program not just to be a "nice" guy but to tbe a successful guy. It's a must read.
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