Optimal: How to Sustain Personal and Organizational Excellence Every Day


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Harper Business
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6.32 X 9.23 X 0.78 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Daniel Goleman, a former science journalist for the New York Times, is the author of thirteen books and lectures frequently to professional groups and business audiences and on college campuses. He cofounded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois, at Chicago).

Cary Cherniss received his PhD from Yale University. He went on to teach at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the University of Illinois in Chicago, the Chicago Medical School, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1983, he went to Rutgers University where he helped create the doctoral program in Organizational Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He currently is Professor of Applied Psychology Emeritus at Rutgers.


"In the age of AI and machine intelligence, emotional intelligence is more important than ever for building a company culture that brings out the best in people and drives success. Anyone leading a team or organization should read Optimal--it will open your mind and show you the inner balance and skill set that we all need to face the future." -- Marc Benioff, chair and CEO, Salesforce

"Emotional intelligence has proven itself a scientifically valid concept of considerable utility in the workplace, schools, and social relationships since Jack Mayer and I published our first scientific article on EI in 1990. No one has done more to help us understand the applications of emotional intelligence than Daniel Goleman and Cary Cherniss. In Optimal, they provide a lively overview of how to use emotional intelligence to optimize the performance of individuals, teams, and entire organizations, synthesizing more than three decades of findings. This book deserves to be studied by managers, coaches, therapists, affective scientists, and many others." -- Peter Salovey, Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology and university president, Yale University

"Powerful and deeply researched, Optimal offers actionable tools and insights that are essential to unlocking your potential, achieving stable success over time, building high-performing teams, and cultivating the most important leadership quality of all, emotional intelligence. From now on when I see a copy of this outstanding book on someone's desk, their stock will have risen in my eyes." -- Oscar Munoz, former CEO, United Airlines, and author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Turnaround Time

"Optimal describes how emotional intelligence, a strong sense of purpose, innovation, and systems thinking bring us to an optimal state, necessary to address our personal, organizational and global challenges--essential wisdom for our times."
-- Jonathan Rose, CEO of Rose Companies

"Optimal offers a masterclass in emotional intelligence and sustainable high performance. Daniel Goleman and Cary Cherniss skillfully combine cutting-edge research, engaging examples, and practical insights that are both illuminating and actionable. Their expertise has been invaluable in helping us develop emotionally intelligent and EPIC leaders at Amazon--ones who lead with empathy, purpose, inspiration, and connection. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to enhance their leadership skills, relationships, and overall success--both professionally and personally." -- Rich Hua, worldwide head of EPIC Leadership, Amazon Web Services

"A cogent defense of the benefits of emotional intelligence." -- Kirkus Reviews