This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
"Emotional Intelligence 2.0" is the second edition of a soft skills/career development book. Your EQ (emotional quotient) is the foundation for a large number of soft skills including flexibility, time management, trust, anger management and change tolerance. The book focuses on four areas: self awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management. Each is illustrated with a scenario showing a good and bad example.
The book comes with an online test. It was basically two pages of questions asking you to rate yourself in various areas. I found it accurate in terms of what I know about my own soft skills strengths and weaknesses.
Some other things I liked about the book:
It's small enough to fit in a large purse - making reading convenient.
The grouping of techniques and tips by area.
A large number of concrete things you can do to improve your soft skills.
The fact that each technique is only 2-3 pages - making it something you can read in the morning while having breakfast and focus on for the day.
The book was quite up to date - the Hudson River miracle plane landing in NYC (of only a few months ago) was one of the examples.