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Charles Murray
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Re: People Skills
Charles Murray   9/24/2012 8:14:37 PM
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Good point, Greg. In a lot of engineering jobs, everyone is on a similar level in terms of mathematics. Often, it's the other areas -- the "soft" people skills, as you say -- that make the difference between stagnation and promotion.

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Greg M. Jung   9/24/2012 9:34:14 PM
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Thanks and well said.  Developing into a 'total' person helps us to quickly advance in the workplace (and in life).

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OLD_CURMUDGEON   10/23/2012 1:46:18 PM
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Greg, etal: 

Your experience IS exactly why I added my comment at the end of my original comments about the fundamental importance of a strong mathematics background for any engineering discipline.

My concern now is that too many of the younger generations, from grammar school through recent college graduates, have totally embraced communicating through the marvels of the iPad, Droid, etc.  IF these people are to be called in front of an audience to justify a design, or comment on a design, WILL THEY BE ABLE TO DO IT SUCCESSFULY without their electronic communicators????  I fear they will not!

While I do not suggest these devices are evil, I DO think that they degree they've been adopted to communicate with one another is appalling, to say the least.  People will always be required to speak to one another in a face-to-face, casual manner, using only their inate bodily apparati. (tongues & voiceboxes!)

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Greg M. Jung   10/23/2012 8:59:53 PM
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I agree.  Studies have shown that non-verbal communication (tone, body language, facial expressions, etc.) is more effective than just the spoken word only.  While texting technology offers more quantity of communication, it does not improve quality of communication.  I already am seeing where my teenage daughters do not have as well-developed non-verbal communication as I saw with teenagers in previous generations.  (Perhaps getting them to Skype more often will help address this issue....)

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OLD_CURMUDGEON   10/24/2012 7:48:17 AM
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Not having any immediate youngsters in our lives now, I can only base my opinions on observations that are noteworthy when in the company of friends & relatives who DO have youngsters in their families.  And, ONE thing that I've definitely noticed is that youngsters, including some of the 30-something parents who are totally immersed in this new "i" phenomenon are NOT able to effectively verbally communicate with others using eye-to-eye contact.  They seem to be totally ill at ease in this ability, preferring to look down or away instead.  I wonder IF any of the corporations who created these new "communicators" ever sought to solicit the research of psychologists and/or sociologists to determine these severely negative consequences??????

For me, personally, a simple wireless telephone is all I need, and my better half has none!  I guess that really dates us, but at this point I don't care!

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