ACHIEVEMENT TAKES many forms, requiring a variety of skills according to the type of goals you set for yourself. The psychologist and former reporter Daniel Goleman has propounded the notion of "emotional intelligence." In ascending order of importance, Goleman's "first domain" of excellence is pure IQ--that is, one's global intelligence as measured by the intelligence quotient tests. The "second domain" is expertise, which he defines as "common sense plus the specialized knowledge and skill we pick up in the course of doing any job." The "third domain" is emotional intelligence, consisting of skills in the realm of feelings and interactions.
While I don't dispute the importance of emotional intelligence, clearly the relative influence of such competence on achieving your goals depends heavily on context. In business and organizational life, emotional intelligence indeed is often the overriding factor determining suc