DEVELOPMENT OF INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
December 10th – 14th, 2007
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
National Institute of Technology
Rourkela - 769 008 (Orissa)
In an age when 30 something CEOs and VPs no longer amaze us and established ideas
are questioned each day, holding one’s own at the workplace is a challenge in itself.
What can help, maybe partly, is the ability to think clearly, build networks, communicate
more openly and develop interpersonal relationships.
Scientists and engineers in all positions have to be able to communicate the purpose and
relevance of their work, both orally and in writing. Teachers have to communicate with
their students. Industry people must communicate with managers and co-workers (many
of whom will not be scientists and engineers) and with customers. If you work in public
policy or government, you might have to communicate with the press and other members
of the public. You need to communicate with colleagues to keep up with trends, to
collaborate on projects, and to find a new position. If communication is a social need for
an individual, it is the lifeblood for an organization. Today it is not sufficient enough just
to have the technical ability to do the job. We need to possess interpersonal skills to
communicate, motivate, organize, counsel and negotiate.
In addition, many people, including managers, guided by technological absolutism, take
their interpersonal skills for granted. Therefore, they fail to work effectively with
superiors, colleagues, and subordinates. Moreover, with globalization and the prevailing
economic scenario, the corporate sector has to op