What Works in the Workplace? Communication Competence and Technical Skills

Interpersonal Competencies and Technical Skills--Double Whammy!

There has been a lot of conversation and consternation around one important issue:  how can we best prepare college students for the world of work?  Responses to a survey conducted by Bentley University through their PreparedU Project suggest that a combination of both interpersonal competencies and technical skills represents the best way to … [Read more...]

New Year, New You? Communication Resolutions for 2014

It's a new year!  Why not create communication resolutions for 2014?

We are 11 days into the new year, and a few days after the Polar Vortex, so it seems like a good time to think about communication resolutions for 2014.  Communication resolutions, you ask?  Aren't resolutions just for reducing food intake and getting more exercise?  Absolutely not!  Like maintaining a healthy weight and working out regularly, … [Read more...]

LinkedIn–Not Your Grandmother’s Facebook

Forget your Facebook--Like your LinkedIn

In the Huffington Post on August 14, 2013, Adam Wexler provided several interesting insights regarding the ways in which LinkedIn is gaining social media prominence over Facebook.  As he explains, "LinkedIn possesses an inherent advantage over all of the other social networks: it is a professional network. If you're a recent graduate … [Read more...]

Welcome Class of 2017!

Move in day at Rose-Hulman, when temps reached the 90's!

At this time of year, as Rose-Hulman first year students arrive and begin orientation, I always like to take a look at the Beloit College Mindset List, an inventory of the Class of 2017.  Every year the list makes its rounds among college faculty who realize once again that there is a large gulf between the old professors and the new … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013–Day 3

DSC_0203

Just as quickly as it started, it was over--we wrapped IPCC for 2013, and what a way to end it.  Dr. Carol Barnum gave the final plenary talk about heuristic evaluation, as she reflected on her own travels in the wild world of usability. Since I did duties as both presenter and blogger on the final day, I can only show a couple of pictures from … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013 Keynote–Dr. Bernard Amadei

Amadei and friends!

We need to educate a new kind of engineer, one who can solve technical problems while learning and accommodating the needs and desires of people who will use the technology.  This was the core message this morning from Dr. Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders and professor of civil engineering at the University of … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013 in Vancouver

DSC_0043

IPCC 2013 kicked off Sunday evening on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia Vancouver.  Registration opened at 3:00 PM, and we had the chance to greet old friends and meet new ones. The conference swings into gear today at 8:00 AM with the keynote address by Dr. Bernard Amadei, professor of civil engineering at the … [Read more...]

It’s Almost Here–IPCC 2013 in Vancouver

Beautiful scenery and memorable speakers--who could ask for more?

One week from today, we will kick off IPCC 2013 on the campus of the University of British Columbia Vancouver!  With a beautiful setting, a fantastic program of presenters, and an all star lineup of keynoters, IPCC 2013 promises to inform and delight. We look forward to seeing you and/or meeting you in Vancouver. Check out the conference website … [Read more...]

Will Communicate For Food

In a recent article in the New York Times, Alina Tugend posed the eternal question that often crops up at this time of year--what are the skills college graduates should possess to make them employable?  You may be surprised that the answer is not more technical skills.  Quoting from a special report by the Chronicle of Higher Education and … [Read more...]

Meet Your New Communication Strategist–Jane Austen

Meet the brightest light in the game theory firmament!

When one is in the market for help in improving communication skills, most of us take the same first step:  a Google search.  This search will turn up some sound, albeit conventional, advice.  Let me suggest instead that you explore a rather unconventional source and take your lessons from the drawing rooms of 19th century England.  Associate … [Read more...]