Welcome one and all to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers, meeting to discuss their thoughts regarding the works they enjoyed most over the previous month. Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino and join in the fun. If you wish to add your own review to the conversation, please sign on to the link list at the end of my post.
Title: Working with Emotional Intelligence
Author: Daniel Goleman
here. This book is targeted to the business community, though I think much of the material pertains to any workplace, including education. The overwhelming majority of ink is spilt over proving the existence and importance of EQ, much less on how to help. Clearly the idea is to encourage people to hire him at great cost for workshops and seminars.
Even so, I do feel better equipped to recognize problems. Unfortunately, Goleman's description of a work environment low on emotional intelligence fits my own current situation to a T. Even if my own job is basically satisfying - and it is - too many of my colleagues are miserable everyday. One deals with the problem in one of two ways: by hiding or by trying to help (a confidant also pointed out to me, one can also just leave but that's just an extension of hiding). On a given day, I probably do some of each and neither is satisfying. Goleman's thinking does fuel some new ideas on approaches to take. Having been in my district a while, I have gained a certain measure of trust among my colleagues and even - dare I say it? - administrators. A few thoughtfully planted suggestions in the right ears could potentially move things in a positive direction. Food for thought.
As with the first book, Working with Emotional Intelligence isn't a great cover-to-cover read. I would read a bit, think a bit, read a bit, think a bit, etc. The material is good, though. I don't know if I would read more Goleman after this but I'm glad to have been exposed to his work.
join us and share your own review of your best read from the past
month. This month's link list is below. I'll keep it open until the
end of the day. I'll post June's tomorrow. Meetings are the last
Friday of each month. Next gathering is June 29th.