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November 1, 2010

Mtg: The Emotionally Intelligent Engineer: Can People Really Change?

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THURSDAY November 4, 2010
SCV Technology Management Chapter
Speaker: Gary Herman, Gradient Coaching
Time: Guided Networking at 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $10 for IEEE members, $13 for non-members
Place: Ramada Inn, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: From website

In an organizational setting, continued career progress for engineers or other professionals whose education and training have strongly emphasized intellect, analysis, and logic often requires development of emotional/relational, rather than purely intellectual, competencies.? Sometimes the consequences of lack of emotional competency in an individual are flagrant – e.g., the seemingly irreplaceable Chief Scientist whose abrasive, conflict-prone personality erodes morale, stimulates turnover, soaks management time and attention, and reduces organizational productivity.? Other times, the consequences are less noticeable â?? careers stalled, potential unfulfilled.? Despite the extensive body of findings of the importance of so-called â??soft skills??? to individual and team success, reactions of technologists and technically trained managers to emotional intelligence and similar training programs often range from indifference to discomfort to outright hostility.
This talk draws on results from management science, neurobiology, developmental psychology, psychotherapy, and leadership coaching to provide a tangible, grounded perspective on â??emotional intelligence??? – what it is, why it matters, how and why individuals differ, and how motivated individuals can build new competencies in the emotional/relational domain.? In particular, Iâ??ll examine emotional intelligence from the perspective of the field of interpersonal neurobiology, which relates the distinct cognitive and emotional patterns of individuals to specific aspects of human physiology, brain structure, function, and development/evolution from birth.? In a sense, this perspective allows us to understand the stereotypic â??engineering personality??? as the external consequence of a particular set of architectural specializations in the internal system architecture of the adult human organism.? The good news in this is that, even for adults in mid-life, the our psychobiology remains plastic, and with the right practices, sustained over time, the internal architecture can be â??re-balanced,??? can become more operationally integrated, and can produce behaviors that are better aligned with the present circumstances and goals of the individual in question.? Iâ??ll use examples from somatic coaching to illustrate how this process typically unfolds.

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