Recently I read a post that said that the real goal of a presentation is “Be remembered”. I couldn’t disagree more. The last time you attended a presentation in which you were supposed to remember what was presented was in school. School was the last place where you were required to remember what the instructor said and then be able to recall it. School is not work. As far as I can tell, there are only three outcomes that really matter for … [Read more...] about Making Presentations That Are Remembered
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A while ago I had an experience that has direct application to technical management and especially technical management for women. (Certain information and aspects of the event have been changed, but the message is the same.) I was having a conversation with a woman who had retired from technical program management a while ago. (There is no need to explain the exact discipline she was in, just know that it was a very technical one and that she … [Read more...] about How Neurological Levels Can Affect Your Career
Everyone wants to be a leader. Current articles praise the leader in all of us while at the same time designating leadership a mystical quality possessed by a few select individuals. Leaders are often said to be inspirational. But while many people define the distinguishing characteristic of a leader as "the ability to inspire" most of us also want to work for mangers who can be inspiring. This dilemma regarding the definitions of manager … [Read more...] about Leadership vs Management: and the winner is!
ASME Dinner Last week I attended the annual awards dinner sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Section of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). It was a great event and hats off to everyone who made it happen. Dr. Robert J. Moffat Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University was the recipient of a special award and he said something during his acceptance speech that I thought was very interesting and … [Read more...] about ASME Annual Awards Dinner
Hello everyone, I think that the "air-traffic-controllers-asleep" issue has some interesting lessons for us in the area of management. Here is what I mean. One of the workshops I conduct includes a section devoted to the topic of “how to develop your team culture”. That is, what can a manager do to develop and propagate the culture that the manager wants to “install” into the organization? Now for many managers the culture they think … [Read more...] about #95 The Air Traffic Controllers Were Not Managed!
Hello everyone, I'm always amazed at how much people love the word "leader". Everywhere I read (only a slight exaggeration) I find references to this person is a leader, that person is a leader, everyone is a leader. Leadership doesn't even seem to be a function of experience. Someone right out of college can be a leader, but not many people seem to be willing to raise their hand and proclaim that they are a manager. They may be a manager by … [Read more...] about #94 Why Everyone Wants To Be A Leader