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Dan Goleman's New Website
Part 1 - My first comments on the site.
Part 2 - Dan now says the claim that 80% of success is due to EI is "preposterous."
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Written in 2006
I just found out about this... Dans own website: http://www.danielgoleman.info
I notice that it has an ".info" domain extension but I think ".advert" would be more fitting. Anyhow, I might write more about it later, but for now I will say it looks like one big advertisement for his new book, with a few small plugs thrown in for his old books and consulting services. Here is one quote, though, that I wanted to show you. He is talking about his first book which claimed to be about emotional intelligence, the one published in 1995
My question for Dan is, what does
he think the chances are that two random strangers
actually do both understand what emotional
intelligence means or that they could even agree on
a formal definition of it? Personally, I dont think
Dan Goleman even understands what it means. And if you
look at this page of definitions of EI, you start to get an idea of how
misunderstood the concept is.
Then he uses a quote from a book co-authored by Peter Salovey to promote his new book on what he calls Social Intelligence. The quote starts out Media interest in emotional intelligence was sparked by New York Times science writer Daniel Golemans bestselling book Emotional Intelligence in 1995 It is kind of amazing to me that Goleman still feels the need for even more self-promotion. It is as if he thinks his own reputation and fame isn't enough to sell as many of his new books as he would like. I would like to reassure him though that lots and lots, maybe even millions of people will buy this new book simply because he is the author of it. Such blatant self promotion, really isn't needed, Dan. Try, for once, just letting your work speak for itself.
One more thing, I have to give Dan credit for coming out with a new term (new for him at least). By using social intelligence, he avoids much of the messy business of those in the world of academia challenging his claims as they've done with his claims about EI.
Id like to read Dans
new book, actually though, as I am sure he will have
interesting info in it and no doubt it will be filled
with references to research, some of which will surely
support his claim there is something called social
What he calls CREIO is the EI Consortium. On his site he says it is a Rutgers
based organization. He leaves out that he is one of
the founders of it. I doubt we will ever know how much
money the members have made off of EI and their contacts
through the consortium, but as David Caruso once told me, I have no doubt there is
big money involved.
Wow I just found this page about the 80 20 myth! This is the oft-repeated claim that EI accounts for 80% of success in life. He talks about this in two sections on his new site: http://www.danielgoleman.info/ei/clarifications.html and http://www.danielgoleman.info/blog/2006/10/27/how-emotional-intelligence-matters/
I almost cant believe he is actually saying this! For more background on this myth see: http://eqi.org/ei_ed4.htm.
I will copy some of what Dan wrote on his new site from the second link above (the full quote is below):
Well, Dan, congratulations! It took you ten years but you finally came out with a public statement on this!
Then he says this:
Notice that Dan says "John Mayer and his associates." I am pretty sure
that John Mayer doesnt use the word
associates much. This sounds very close to
the term business associates. I think John
Mayer, or Jack as he is called by his friends, prefers to
use the word colleagues. This is a small but
telling, as Dan likes to say, example of how
Dan thinks. Jack Mayer isnt in the business of
selling emotional intelligence consulting services or any
other business. Jack is an academic researcher. In case
you dont know, I have met Jack personally and I
have a high level of respect for him. I disagree with
some of Jacks ideas about EI, especially those
related to suicide and self-destructive behavior, but I
still put him in a much different category than Dan
As of December 2006 from http://www.danielgoleman.info/blog/2006/10/27/how-emotional-intelligence-matters/