For people who would like to learn more about the "soft skills" and ways to enhance their "emotional intelligence", we have several books in the library about how to relate to and communicate with others.
- Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
- Emotional Intelligence and Projects by Nicholas Clarke
- Emotional Intelligence Edge by Steven J. Stein
- Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers: The People Skills You Need to Achieve Outstanding Results by Anthony C. Mersino.
- Emotional Intelligence for Sales Success: Connect with Customers and Get Results by Colleen Stanley
- Interpersonal Communication: A Relational Perspective by Ben W. Morse
- Interpersonal Communication: A Goals-Based Approach by Daniel J. Canary
- Interpersonal Communication Skills in the Workplace by Perry McIntosh
- ...and many more.
This is a discussion that a number of us have been having here at MSOE for some time. It is the impetus behind the development of our Professional Development Transcript (PDT). A couple of years ago Dr. David Howell also directed some students in a research project looking at these same concerns.
This sums up the problem at almost every major tipping point in world history. Our country is facing a crossroads. The gridlock permeates every level of the government from the Washington to local politics. The failure to communicate effectively and honestly has almost always resulted in disaster. Take the Mexican American War: When a conflict over the Nueces Strip in 1836 led to an incredible loss of life on both sides because the Americans forged the river (onto Mexican soil) and the Mexcian army opened fire on the unprepared soldiers. The lack of Communication was incredibly evident and although Mexico in the 1830s had a repressive caste system, starting a war over something as stupid as a garrison's border crossing underscores the incredible need to communicate. The corruption of the Mexican government allowed this tragedy to happen and the power hungry American government enacted this action. I think history is incredibly important for high school students to learn because it shows that deep down inside all humans are the same, and when communication is established then a lot of disasters can be avoided. In the end the people who suffer are the common folk, the American grunts and the Mexican grunts. Neither side gained much from the War and one of the main reasons the land was so valuable was for Southern States to expand thier slave empire. We're supposed to be a nation and a world of small buisiness owners, but with the failure to communicate we turn back to 1836.