Friday, June 17, 2011

Touchy-feely bosses?


Feely in a good way--I meant, feeling. Apparently business schools are trying to teach managers to be more understanding.

Melissa Korn and Joe Light wrote about this in the WSJ, May 5, 2011.

Students at Columbia will learn meditation. Standford has a course dubbed Touchy-Feely.

These are more properly known as “soft skills,” in case you run across that term.

How to accept feedback with grace. How to deliver feedback nicely.

A personal leadership course will invite classes to look within.

This could include encouraging creativity. I used to teach that at the Smithsonian—good times.

One business school student said having teachers teach sensitivity out of book didn’t float his boat.

Gee, that was pretty touchy and not too feely. Ommmmm, buddy.

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