GGI RapidNews R&D Product Development eZine: Volume
2, Issue 2 - March 13, 2001
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The sixteenth-annual 2001 International Forum on DFMA is the premier conference worldwide on early design analysis for mechanical, electromechanical, and electronic products. It is the one conference to attend to gain an understanding of the impact DFMA has on product development. Successful manufacturers use early design analysis as a standard for decision making and a catalyst for product and process innovation. Listening first-hand to papers presented by expert practitioners from around the world will clarify successful DFMA strategies employed by many different companies across many different industries.
More information on the conference may be found at http://www.dfma.com/forum/index.html.
Emotional Intelligence: From a "what works," rather than "what's broken" perspective about upper management, Robert Weiss wrote the 1990 book entitled Staying The Course. Weiss examined the emotional and social lives and habits of men who were successful at work. About the same time (1989), Stephen Covey wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, in which he noted many personal characteristics of work effectiveness from what has now come to be called "emotional intelligence." Daniel Goleman's book entitled "Working with Emotional Intelligence," 383 pages published in 1998 by Bantam Books, is a far more thorough review of the emotional characteristics of highly effective people than the previous two. Goleman contends, with references and examples to support his points, that emotional intelligence is more important to success at work than even intelligence or expertise. In fact, he contends it is statistically twice as important, according to information he assembled. What then is emotional intelligence? Goleman says it is a combination of emotional self-mastery (knowing yourself, controlling yourself and having a passion for achievement); people skills (one's influence and collaboration abilities); and a new ingredient to the "learning organization," which is one's capacity to learn these emotional competencies. The good news is that Goleman contents we all can and should learn these emotional competencies if we would maximize our work-related success, especially, he demonstrates, for those managers of companies in markets requiring strong technical disciplines.