WMU News

Presenters sought for emotional intelligence conference

January 22, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Presenters are being sought for a conference at Western Michigan University that will explore one of today's most talked about management concepts.

The conference, "Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace," is being co-sponsored by the Forum for Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and WMU. It will focus on the groundbreaking research conducted by best-selling author Daniel Goleman, who says bringing emotions into the office is not only appropriate but essential for organizational success.

Goleman identifies the five major components of emotional intelligence as being self-awareness, persistence, self-motivation, empathy and social skills.

He contends that de-emphasizing such qualities imperils the chance employers and employees have to find success and fulfillment. However, he says emphasizing such qualities can positively affect productivity, quality, motivation, morale and a variety of other critical workplace issues.

Those wishing to participate in the conference may submit proposals for presentations, workshops or panel discussions. In all cases, presenters must address one or more of the five cornerstones of emotional intelligence.

For a presenter application, contact WMU's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences at (616) 387-4174. The application deadline is Jan. 30.

The conference is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, at WMU's Fetzer Center. It is being designed for managers, first-line supervisors, educators, executives, health care professionals, non-profit leaders, human resource specialists and administrators.

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