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Another colleague writes (regarding a different post re: "Project Conflict" elsewhere in ASCE.Collaborate:
"Great summary! As a fellow "seasoned professional" I can relate that your observations and research align with my program/project experience as well. It is unfortunate that the importance of interpersonal relationships, leadership, decision making skills were not emphasized more at university and during my earlier years in the profession. It took the advent of partnering - and only when an owner embraced the full bore implementation of it - to open my eyes to the criticality of the soft skills (that are really hard). I would be interested to know if there are universities that provide core engineering courses in the soft skills. If you are aware of examples, it would be very helpful . . ."
No, my friend, I do not.
It is my hope that this discussion may "Flush" some out to the benfit of all.