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Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough

Good Intentions Are Not Enough

Author: Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke
Publishing Info: Paperback 205 pages / June 2011
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Note: Previously published as Social Thinking at Work: Why Should I Care? the new incarnation of the book is a title and cover change only. Content inside the book is the same.This book was written based on the authors’ clinical experience working with very high functioning adults who have social learning challenges.

Social functioning in the workplace is complicated for us all! Most adults continue to learn to develop better social coping strategies with age; adults with social learning challenges are very capable of learning but need information about the social emotional relationship process presented in a more directed, stair stepped manner.

The title’s from the book’s chapters help to convey they scope of the information covered in the book. In each chapter, the authors’ explore the issues in depth with specific ideas for the reader to explore.

Introduction: The Social Mind: It’s Always on the Job, Even When You’re Off the Job
Chapter 1: Social Thinking: What Is It, and How Is It Different From Social Skills?
Chapter 2: What Plays Into Good Communication Skills?
Chapter 3: Emotions: The Uninvited Guest That Keeps Showing Up
Chapter 4: Perspective Taking: Are You Thinking What I’m Thinking?
Chapter 5: The Four Steps of Communication
Chapter 6: The Core of Communication
Chapter 7: Fitting In
Chapter 8: Relating at Work
Chapter 9: Social Technology: How It’s Changing the Way We Communicate
Chapter 10: Social Behavior Maps: Navigating the Social-Emotional World
Chapter 11: Strategies: Tips and Pointers

The audience for this book is intended to be the person with social learning challenges. However, the authors also encourage people working in HR departments to avail themselves of this information. One of the greatest challenges in the workplace is developing strategies for all employees to address social emotional issues in an honest manner while also providing constructive ideas to help each of us to improve. There are few people who are truly adept at managing their own and other’s thoughts and emotions, all of the time!

Through this book, the authors hope to to encourage the learning and use of clear strategies to foster healthier social emotional relationships in the workplace, community and home.



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