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To Dwayne's point about relationships I had a professor junior year for highway design who told us at the beginning of the semester that once we began practicing as engineers that our day would be 10% engineering and 90% dealing with people. Truest statement ever. Like everything in life it is all about relationships and people. It would be nice to have some classes added to engineering programs that help to learn the 'soft skills', but then the it would be almost impossible to complete your B.S. in four years.
James R. Wilson, P.E.
Engineering & Construction Department
CHARLESTON WATER SYSTEM
Adam Graham's comments regarding Dale Carnegie and Stephen Covey are true. I took the Dale Carnegie course "Human Relations and Effective Public Speaking" in 1975. The consulting firm I was with at the time considered the course worthwhile enough to pay half the tuition for all engineers to attend. I have drawn on the principles throughout my career and consider this the second most important thing I did after graduate school. I have also taken the Stephen Covey courses "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and "The 4 Roles of Leadership". These resources will serve you well as you progress in management, or if you decide to start your own business in the future. Another good resource is John Maxwell's "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership".