The Conservation Professional's Guide to Working with People

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Island Press, Sep 26, 2012 - Science - 224 pages
Successful natural resource management is much more than good science; it requires working with landowners, meeting deadlines, securing funding, supervising staff, and cooperating with politicians. The ability to work effectively with people is as important for the conservation professional as it is for the police officer, the school teacher, or the lawyer. Yet skills for managing human interactions are rarely taught in academic science programs, leaving many conservation professionals woefully unprepared for the daily realities of their jobs. Written in an entertaining, easy-to-read style, The Conservation Professional’s Guide to Working with People fills a gap in conservation education by offering a practical, how-to guide for working effectively with colleagues, funders, supervisors, and the public. The book explores how natural resource professionals can develop skills and increase their effectiveness using strategies and techniques grounded in social psychology, negotiation, influence, conflict resolution, time management, and a wide range of other fields. Examples from history and current events, as well as real-life scenarios that resource professionals are likely to face, provide context and demonstrate how to apply the skills described. The Conservation Professional’s Guide to Working with People should be on the bookshelf of any environmental professional who wants to be more effective while at the same time reducing job-related stress and improving overall quality of life. Those who are already good at working with people will learn new tips, while those who are petrified by the thought of conducting public meetings, requesting funding, or working with constituents will find helpful, commonsense advice about how to get started and gain confidence.

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Contents

A Personal Story
2
The Importance of Effective People Skills in Conversation
5
How to Resolve Conflict and Defuse Contentious Situations Verbal Judo and Other Communication Techniques
21
How to Persuade People
48
Customer Service and Getting Funded
71
How to Negotiate Effectively
85
How to Manage Yourself
101
How to Effectively Manage Personnel
122
How to Make a Good Impression in the Filed
139
Defending Yourself from Dirty Tricks Machiavellianism and Other Annoyances
155
Conclusion
177
Notes
181
Index
192
About the Author
199
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Scott A. Bonar is on the faculty of the University of Arizona and is leader of the U.S. Geological Survey's Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He has won numerous awards during his 23 years of natural resources work in state and federal agencies, academia, and private industry.

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