Find Your Mentor and Coach Find Your Sam or Samantha Good morning! In this blog I want to tell you about Sam. Sam Garcia. I don’t even know if Sam is still alive and so this might be a way for me to thank him and to acknowledge his existence in some small way. I graduated from college in 1969 with a B.S. in aeronautical engineering. After starting out in the ground support equipment department of the Apollo manned space program at … [Read more...] about #6 Find A Mentor
Becoming a Manager
So You Want To Be A Manager How Does A Technical Person Get Promoted To Manager? If you’re currently a technical professional and you’re thinking about going into management, it’s important that you be aware that your transition to management isn’t going to be an overnight process. You’re not going to go to bed one night as a technical professional and wake up the next morning as a technical manager. But you knew that, right? What you probably … [Read more...] about #5 To Be A Manager
Can People Really Change? (Part 2) The Answer To The Million Dollar Question. Good morning! I’m now going to answer the question I posed in the previous blog---“Can People Really Change?” In the previous blog I pondered exactly what that question meant. And I’ll now answer it in two ways. First I’m going to say that if the question is really asking if people can change their personalities, if they can change “who” they are, then my answer is … [Read more...] about #4 Can People Change?
Can People Really Change? The Million Dollar Question. Good morning! Recently I was in a coaching session with a high level technical manager at a high-technology company. This manager has been struggling with a difficult direct report. In the course of our session the manager asked me point blank: “Can people really change. I’m beginning to get to the point where I think we really can’t change people.” Now that’s the $1 million question, … [Read more...] about #3 Can People Change?