WMU News

Bringing your emotions to work may not be a bad idea

April 30, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Employees who leave their emotions at the office door may be decreasing their effectiveness, according to a management theorist whose ideas will be discussed during a conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Western Michigan University's Fetzer Center.

The conference, "Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace," will help participants identify the value and importance of emotional intelligence as well as provide practical ways to develop and apply its principles.

Emotional intelligence is defined as having the ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power of emotions as a source of human energy, information, connection and influence. The results can be a healthier and more productive lifestyle at work and home.

Although open to the public, the conference is designed especially for executives, managers, first-line supervisors, educators, nonprofit leaders, human resources specialists and health care workers. It is being co-sponsored by WMU, the Forum of Kalamazoo County and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

The conference will feature excerpts from the PBS/Business Channel videoconference, "Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace" with Daniel Goleman. Goleman, who outlines his five components of emotional intelligence, is author of the best-selling book "Emotional Intelligence." He also will be shown explaining how recent brain research clarifies the role of emotions in human motivation and social skills and the significance of this information to workplace success.

In addition, there will be group sessions, one of which will allow participants to develop an emotional intelligence plan for their own workplace.

Topics covered in other sessions will include how to improve cooperation, leadership, teamwork and quality; the components and "cornerstones" of emotional intelligence; overcoming barriers to emotional intelligence; methods to teach emotional intelligence skills in organizations; and organizational benefits of using emotional intelligence.

Session facilitators are: Patricia Adams, executive director of the Forum of Kalamazoo County; David Sluyter, vice president of education, Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo; Byron Stock, president of Byron Stock and Associates, St. Joseph; and Barbara Taraskiewicz, a trainer at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

The conference fee is $80 per person and includes all materials, refreshments, parking and lunch. The deadline to register is May 9.

For more information or registration details, contact WMU's Office of Professional Programs and Conferences at (616) 387-4174.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron; jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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