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Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

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THE ART OF THE CRITIQUE

 

He was a seasoned engineer, heading a software development project, presenting the result of months of work by his team to the company’s vice president for product development. The men and women who had worked long days week after week were there with him, proud to present the fruit of their hard labor. But as the engineer finished his presentation, the vice-president turned to him and asked sarcastically, “How long have you been out of graduate school? These specifications are ridiculous. They have no chance of getting past my desk.”

The engineer, utterly embarrassed and deflated, sat glumly through the rest of the meeting, reduced to silence. The men and women on his team made a few desultory – and some hostile – ...

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