About the Author
Leland R. Beaumont is Simply Curious
Leland R. Beaumont is the creator and webmaster of this emotional competency website. Trained as an electrical engineer, computer scientist, quality
technologist, and new product developer he is a
system's thinker who is constantly curious about how the world works.
In September, 1993 he attended a professional conference on new product
development. One of the talks described petty personal disagreements between
development team managers that persisted, escalated, and prevented the team from working
together effectively. Infighting became more important than product development. As a result, the product development failed
at a cost of millions of dollars. Unfortunately this story is much too common. Understanding
the wasteful costs of ineffective interpersonal interactions he proposed developing a “model for constructive human interaction”. Although nothing came
of the idea at that time, he has remained intrigued by that thought ever
Several years later he was very content and productive working on a small,
well-run new product development team. Inexplicably a tyrant was appointed to manage
rapidly expanding team. The result was a painful and costly disaster. People were miserable,
spiteful, unproductive, diabolical, and wasteful. He soon dreaded going to work.
The development projects failed and most of the engineering team members were fired
soon after Mr. Beaumont retired from the organization in July, 2001. In a sarcastic twist
on the title of the popular book Who Moved My Cheese?, he dreamed of
writing an analogous
book called Why Cheese Rots—the destruction of teamwork. After several
failed writing attempts he began to take college psychology courses and read many
well-researched books on interpersonal relations and human behavior topics. He began by
studying power and motivation and went on to study human emotions and other
topics. In November, 2005
he began this emotional competency website and has worked on it ever since.
His recently written “Guidelines
for Working Together” represents a major step towards the “model for
constructive human interaction” he conceived more than 14 years ago.
The website is a hobby that he hopes others will find useful. He enjoys
continuing to learn about emotional competency as he works to apply the concepts
in his day-to-day interactions. He believes his scientific background combined with
his analytical strengths and system thinking skills can bring a new and valuable
perspective to this important topic. He believes that emotional competency is
the missing skill that can be taught, studied, and learned. His long-term goal is to see
emotional competency routinely and effectively taught in homes, schools, businesses, and workshops.
Perhaps this can make the world a better place. You can let him know your thoughts at
the email address given below.
He sometimes writes using the pen name “The
Peripatetic” — The Wandering Philosopher.
He has written and published the book ISO 9001, The Standard Interpretation and
is the co-author of the book Content Networking. He holds US Patent Number
6,959,333: Technique for content delivery over the internet. He is happily
married and is proud of the couple's two adult children. His other hobbies
include hiking, bike riding, fitness, and photography.