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What is included in ACE?

These are just some of the great tools, information, and presentations you will find in the ACE Online Mentoring Program.

Live Mentoring Calls

Every month Steven conducts an online, tele-mentoring phone call/webinar specifically designed to give you information to advance your engineering career. The calls are recorded, archived, and are available to members the next day for convenient listening, 24/7. In addition, white papers, videos, articles, blogs, and eZines are added several times a month to make the site a constantly growing useful resource for your engineering career advancement.

The next Live ACE Tele-Mentoring Call
Topic: “Controlling Your Task Expectations”
How to have conversations with your manager so you deliver what he or she expects without being micromanaged.

Date: (Dates are available to ACE Members.)
Start time: (Convenient times are available to ACE Members.)
Call-in information: (Call-in information is available to ACE Members.)
Duration: 60 minutes plus 30 minutes of Personalized Mentoring
(Focus and duration of Personalized Mentoring depends on participant’s questions and requests.)
Recording will be available within 36 hours of the call.
Description: How often do you leave your manager’s office completely certain that you know what he or she has asked you to deliver? How often would you like to be able to look into your manager’s thinking processes to understand exactly what is expected of you… what to deliver; what the deliverable should look like?
In this tele-mentoring call Steven Cerri will give you a clear understanding of how to have a conversation with your manager so you can determine “exactly” what is expected from you. Through this process you will understand how to avoid wasting time and how to set up a situation where you can be empowered to do your own work, without being micromanaged, and deliver a product that wins you rave reviews from your manager.



 

Live Mini-Course Series

Every month Steven presents an online, mini-course installment on the proven ways to get noticed, get appreciated, and get promoted. This mini-course covers over a dozen different, proven ways to be more than just technical in your organization. These tools will get you noticed and rewarded.

The installments are archived for you and available to ACE members for the review, 24/7.

The Next Live Installment of the Mini-Course:
“Kick-Start Your Engineering Career” – #1
 
Topic: “How to Take Initiative While Taking Responsibility” 
Date: (Dates are available to ACE Members.)  
Start time: (Convenient times are available to ACE Members.)
Call-in information: (Call-in information is available to ACE Members.)
Duration: 60 minutes plus 30 minutes of Q&A 
(Focus and duration of Questions and Answers depends on participant’s questions and requests.) 
Recording will be available within 36 hours of the call. 
Description: There are three major areas of focus if you want to ensure your success and kick-start your career, regardless of where you are. The fist area of focus is you have to be able to do your work within the context of the team you work in. The second is you have to be able to do your work in the context of the larger organization within which you and your team function. And third, you have to be able to do your work in the context of the whole company organization. 
Each of these areas of focus have several tasks that must be performed on a continuous basis in order to keep your career on track. In this Part 1 call, Steven Cerri will discuss the first task within the first major area of focus “How To Take Initiative While Taking Responsibility”. This call will show you how to perform your technical and engineering tasks successfully within the context of your immediate team. You will be able to determine the structure of your team’s context and then determine how to function effectively within that structure, taking initiative and responsibility. This is not about engineering. This is about the learning you didn’t get in school.



 

12-Part Audio Series/Tutorial
“Advancing Up the Technology Management Ladder”

The following audio files are available to all ACE Mentoring members and comprise a tutorial on advancing your engineer career and advancing into management.



Audio: Advance Module #1: “Communication is Everything”
Duration: 50 minutes
Description:
I assume your are technically competent. That is what your college education provided. Now the next necessary step required for your career success is your ability to communicate effectively. In fact, your ability to communicate effectively will determine how rapidly you advance in your career. This audio file will start you on the path to successful communication.



Audio: Advance Module #2: “Effective Human Communication Models”
Duration: 45 minutes
Description:
Different ways to think about human communication can help you make sense of how people interact with you.



Audio: Advance Module #3: “Getting Noticed-Being A Star In Your Technical Organization”
Duration: 50 minutes
Description:
Ok, you are doing a good job as a engineer. People rely on you for technical answers. But is that all there is? Definitely not. How do you get noticed for more than your technical capabilities? How do you get noticed as the person your boss wants to promote and wants to give the challenging and interesting projects to? Listen to this audio to find out.



Audio: Advance Module #4: “The Ten Pitfalls”
Duration: 55 minutes
Description:
Learn the ten behaviors that make you a good engineer but actually can stand in your way to advancement.



Audio: Advance Module #5: “The Ten Secrets of Success”
Duration: 55 minutes
Description:
Learn how to turn the ten behaviors that block your advancement into strengths that will ensure your career growth.



Audio: Advance Module #6: “Behavioral Subroutines”
Duration: 55 minutes
Description:
Do you choose your behaviors or do you “run” on automatic? You would be surprised at the level of choice you think you have in your work environment. In this audio, Steven presents a new way of thinking about how to choose your best behavior in a given situation.



Audio: Advance Module #7: “Contextual Management and Contextual Leadership”
Duration: 55 minutes
Description:
How should you manage? How should you lead? Should you be consistent in your management and leadership styles or should you be flexible in any given situation? In this audio Steven addresses these fundamental questions about management and leadership.



Audio: Advance Module #8: “The Six Functions of the Executive”
Duration: 55 minutes
Description:
Whether you are a technical lead, a supervisor, a manager, or an executive, is there a way to know what you should be doing in order to be successful. Actually there is and it starts with these six functions. The tasks in each function will vary depending upon where you are in your organization, but if you perform these six functions you are 99% of the way to success.



Audio: Advance Module #9: “The Art and Skill of Delegation”
Duration: 50 minutes
Description:
(Originally presented as a teleseminar.) Everyone says it is important to know how to delegate. Delegate! we are told. But how do you decide who to delegate to? How is successful delegation really performed? How do you ensure success while not micromanaging? This audio file will present a completely new and extremely effective way of delegating that you can apply immediately.



Audio: Advance Module #10: “Succeeding Without Micromanaging-Part 1-3”
Duration: 170 minutes
Description:
It seems that every engineer is afraid of being micro-managed and every manager is afraid of being called a micro-manager. The bottom line is that this fear often produces ineffective managers and stumbling engineers. Is there a solution to the “micro-management dilemma?” You bet there is. Listen to these audios and find out.



Audio: Advance Module #11: “Case Studies”
Duration: 50 minutes
Description:
Here are some real-world, case studies of management and leadership situations and the solutions that worked.



Audio: Advance Module #12: “Putting It All Together”
Duration: 50 minutes
Description:
Ok. You have listened to all the Advance Modules and now lets wrap up what you’ve learned. In this audio I’ll give you the next step in your career journey.



 



 

Bonus Audio Presentations



Audio: “Transitioning from Technologist to Leader” (from a 2 CD set)
What does it take to become a manager?

Audio #1 Duration: 63 minutes
Audio #2 Duration: 47 minutes
Presenter: Steven Cerri presents the personal changes in mental maps and behaviors necessary to transition from engineer to manager/leader.
Description:
As your career moves from a technical professional role to that of a Team Leader, Supervisor, Program Manager, Director and beyond, your success is determined by how well you step up to the new, different, and often overwhelming challenges placed before you. Those new challenges are not technical but managerial. Often you can get promoted because you do your individual technical tasks well and the assumption is that “if you can do your engineering/technical job well you can obviously manage other engineers doing the same or similar jobs.” Right? Often this assumption is completely wrong! It’s a myth. In fact, there are plenty of myths out there regarding what you have to do in order to successfully transition from technical professional to technical manager.

In these two audios (taken from a 2-CD set) Steven Cerri will expose the five major myths that are often used to rationalize an engineer’s promotion to manager and show why they do not work and why the are not true. His will then replace those myths with four tools that will clearly define your success as a technical manager and show you why this new approach to the selection and preparation of new managers works so well and has a much higher success rate. He’ll also include a plan for making your transition to management. These files will provide you with a whole new way of thinking about your career and your transitions to management.



Audio: “What Can You Expect From Your Engineering Career: Engineering or Management?” (A panel discussion)
Audio #1 Duration: 45 minutes
Audio #2 Duration: 45 minutes
Presenter: Panel discussion moderated by Steven Cerri
Description:
Two consistent question for engineers as they attempt to advance in their careers is “What is expected of me?” and “Should I move into management or stay an engineer?” This is an hour panel discussion filled with information from the people who make the decisions affecting the careers of engineers and engineering managers.



Audio plus PDF: “Transitioning from Technical to Managerial”
The pitfalls to avoid in transitioning from engineer to manager

Duration: 50 minutes
Presenter: Steven Cerri presents the behaviors and attitudes to avoid and what to have instead in order to make a successful transition from engineer to manager.
Description:
It is often the case that good engineers are offered management or lead positions just because they are good at their technical work. The concept is, “If you can perform your engineering work well you can obviously lead people doing the same work.” Unfortunately that is not the case. In this presentation given as a Career and Workforce Development Workshop at the 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, January 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee, Steven presents the behaviors that, while making us successful engineers may well interfere with our successful move into management.


 
And much, much more is added each month!