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“Connecting with Cerri”

What is “Connecting With Cerri” Coaching Teleseminar Series All About?

Nearly every organization is constantly looking for top performers, and nearly every organization has limited funds to prepare its next generation of managers and leaders. Certain opportunities are available after a certain amount of time in a person’s career. What would it be like to speed up the process?

Training

Many companies train a larger numbers of employees than they coach. Training workshops are an effective way to transfer information and experience in a group environment. The fact that the instructor and participants are all together in one room allows for information transfer, knowledge acquisition, experiences and processes, and interactions that cannot be duplicated in a coaching session or even online.

One-on-One Coaching

On the other hand, coaching often has a personal component that a workshop does not. One-on-One coaching is often specifically about the coaching client and addresses issues particular to the client.

Most companies offer training to a broader group of employees than they do coaching. Makes sense. Training is often the first choice for younger engineers with coaching coming next, as their careers progress.

I have often thought that coaching for all engineers could be very useful. It is similar to the situation of Michael Jordon. During his younger years in school, Michael Jordon was no where near the basketball player he ultimately became. He needed practice, coaching, and time. What would his career path have looked like had he begun his preparation several years sooner? There is no way to tell.

The same applies to your engineering career. What would your engineering career ultimately look like if you could begin coaching at an earlier time in your career? That is what “Connecting With Cerri” is all about. It is an opportunity for engineers and new engineering managers who might want to have coaching earlier… to have it! It is priced so that if engineers want to pay for it themselves, it is no more expensive per month than a cup of coffee a day. It is over the phone, which makes it convenient. It is a group tele-call so participants can email questions and learn from each others’ queries.

“Connecting With Cerri” is a combination coaching session and teleseminar. Each month a topic of potential interest to engineers and new engineering managers will be presented. The session will be a combination of Steven Cerri talking about a specific topic and Questions and Answers regarding that topic as it relates to the attendees. Attendees on the call will be able to ask questions via email sent before and during the call.

“Connecting With Cerri” is not designed to take the place of one-on-one coaching which is about “you”. It is not designed to take the place of training which is about the “experience” of dealing with other people in real time. “Connecting With Cerri” does not cover the topics covered in my training workshops. Rather it is the kind of information that I think most engineers would have liked to have heard about earlier in their careers. In fact, a couple of the topics I’m going to cover in Connecting With Cerri I have presented in abbreviated form as a guest speaker and invariably senior engineers and engineering managers come up to me afterward and say “Wow, I wish I had met you at the beginning of my career… it would have made such a difference.

Following is information regarding the Monthly Group Coaching Teleseminars:

“Connecting With Cerri”

The calls are structured as follows:

  • Each call has a specific topic of interest for engineering career development or management.
  • Each call is from 9AM to 10AM Pacific Time (Calls start on time and end 5 minutes before the hour, sharp… for your convenience so you can get to your next meeting on time.)
  • Each call is structured with the first 40-45 minutes devoted to Steven talking about a specific topic.
  • The last 15 or so minutes are devoted to questions and answers. The questions may be submitted via email or when the lines are un-muted (preferably via email).
  • Each call is scheduled for a specific day and time and you can find that information below.
  • Each call has an associated fee of $57.00.
  • Once registration is complete you will be emailed detailed call-in information.

To register for a call just scroll down and click on the “register” link. You will be taken to a page where you will get more information and be able to sign up and pay for the course. Each course stands alone and you may sign up for as many teleseminars as you like, one at a time or several at a time.

“Connecting With Cerri”
Coaching Teleseminar Call Dates & Topics

This course was completed. Audio CDs of this telesminar are available. Please call: 1+925-735-9500. Date: September 7, 2010 (Tuesday)
Topic: “How to Avoid Being Micromanaged and How to Avoid Being a Micromanager”
Start Time: 9:00 AM Pacific Savings Time
End Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Savings Time
Fee: $57.00
All who register for a teleseminar call will also receive a link to the recorded version of the call once it is completed. This ensures that if you cannot attend the live call you can still receive the benefit.

This Topic: Micromanagement is something that most engineers want to avoid. it is also something that most engineering managers want NOT to be known for. These are the questions: “Is there a way to avoid micromanagement?” “If you are a direct report is there a way to work with your manager so that the manager does not micromanage you?” “If you are a manager, is there a way to get the oversight that makes you comfortable without making your direct report feel micromanaged?”
This teleseminar will answer these questions and more, all around the topic of micromanagement.

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Date: October 4, 2010 (Monday)
Topic: “Thinking Systemically is Critical to Your Career”
Start Time: 9:00 AM Pacific Savings Time
End Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Savings Time
Fee: $57.00
All who register for a teleseminar call will also receive a link to the recorded version of the call once it is completed. This ensures that if you cannot attend the live call you can still receive the benefit.

This Topic: Thinking Systemically is thinking beyond your own task, beyond your own specific job. Many engineers and technical professionals love what they do. The work is interesting and challenging and if you do your job well you are rewarded. So the assumption is that your job is your job and that is all you are required to focus on. However, everything you do fits somewhere else. It is part of a bigger picture and something someone else does fits into what you are doing. So in a very real sense, your project or your task, is tightly connected to everything and everyone else at some level. How much do you know about how your job and task fit into the bigger picture? Do you know what your colleagues are doing and how the decisions you make affect the? Do you know the details? If you have project meetings with other departments or functions, how effective are those meetings? Is there an understanding that you and others are all part of a “system”? This teleseminar is focused on understanding how you and others in your organization all fit into a larger “system” and how understanding and appreciating the implications of that system can help your organization run smoother and complete more projects on time and in budget. It is called “Systemic Thinking”.

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Date: November 3, 2010 (Wednesday)
Topic: “What Made You Successful in the Past Will Not Make You Successful in the Future”
Start Time: 9:00 AM Pacific Savings Time
End Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Savings Time
Fee: $57.00
All who register for a teleseminar call will also receive a link to the recorded version of the call once it is completed. This ensures that if you cannot attend the live call you can still receive the benefit.

This Topic: Whether you are an engineer or a manger, if you are even moderately successful, that success should be applauded. Congratulations! Here is the question: “Will the capabilities that got you to where you are now, get you to the next level in your career?” Most people would probably answer this way; “Well, I can probably keep doing most of what I have done in the past and I can learn some new things that I need to learn along the way.” Actually I think a more accurate response is to ask another question; “How do you know what to keep doing and what to drop off and what to learn in order to progress in your career?” My experience is that the more successful a person is the more they believe their past behaviors are most useful in the future as well. The more successful a person is the more they think, “What got me here will get me there.” And yet, look around you. You probably know successful people who seem to reach a maximum level of competence and then cannot seem to move beyond. They are still using past behaviors in their present situations and they just do not work. This teleseminar is about how to determine what to keep and what to drop and what to learn and how to tell the difference between them.

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Date: January 11, 2011 (Tuesday)
Topic: “Controlling Expectations in Technical (and other) Organizations”
Start Time: 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
End Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Fee: $57.00
All who register for a teleseminar call will also receive a link to the recorded version of the call once it is completed. This ensures that if you cannot attend the live call you can still receive the benefit.

This Topic: Does this sound familiar; You are an engineer. You have discussed the task with your manager and you believe that you understand what is expected of you and you work hard to produce and deliver the deliverable that you both apparently agreed to. But when the end of the project or task comes about and you deliver the result, it is not what your manager expected. Or how about this? You are a manager and you have communicated clearly to your direct report what the task deliverable ought to look like. Your direct report nods in agreement and you are confident of what you will receive, only to discover when the deliverable is produced, it is nothing like what you expected. This disconnect in expectations happens at every level in organizations and it happens often enough to be an issue. The question is this; “Is there a way to structure a dialogue, a communication when the expectations are being structured and even later so that miss-communicated expectations are reduced or eliminated?” The answer is YES. In this teleseminar Cerri will give you specific information about how to have the conversation either initially or even mid-project that will clarify expectations and allow you to deliver what is expected.

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