Wisdom. What is it? What's your definition of wisdom? I'll tell you mine. Here it is.... "Wisdom is having lived long-enough so that you begin to understand those events, situations, life experiences, and conditions that are rare or only once-in-a-lifetime, and those that repeat themselves, either within the typical time span of a life or in the time span of hundreds or thousands of years." For example these are events that happen … [Read more...] about #40 Wisdom
Communication for Engineers
“How to be worth your weight in Gold!” As a technical professional, do you want to be worth your weight in GOLD to your employer? Do you want to be so valuable that your boss thinks he or she can't let you go? If your answer is "YES" then there is only one answer regarding your behavior. Your behavior as a technical professional has to be as a "bridge between the technical and the non-technical worlds". This is so fundamentally important … [Read more...] about #34 You are GOLD!
“It’s my comfort that’s most important!” I have the belief that most managers either manage based on how they would like to be managed or they manage based on how they were managed early in their lives. And examples of this are everywhere. Here's one. I know a relatively high level manager who uses predominately, as a management style, the style he likes used on him. He manages using a relatively "hands-off" management style. He gives his … [Read more...] about #33 Managing As You Like It!
“The Necessary Art of Persuasion” Good evening! I just finished reviewing an article in the Harvard Business Review magazine called OnPoint, dated Winter 2006. These are selected articles from the Harvard Business Review, and the title on the cover is "The Art of Middle Management." It's an interesting magazine with a variety of articles and as the weeks go by, I'll be reviewing some of the articles in my blogs. One of the major articles … [Read more...] about #24 Art of Persuasion
"Being real doesn't get it" Good evening! I was listening to a radio show just before the new year to an interview with the lead member of band Radio Head. Now Radio Head has been called one of the best bands around and at times the best band playing anywhere. I don't much listen to them, but I found the interview interesting and there is a connection between what I heard and technology management. At one point, the lead member of Radio … [Read more...] about #23 Radio Head
Being Understood #2 “Imagine Being Understood - Again” Good evening! I want to spend one more blog entry on the topic of "context." In the last blog I introduced you to the phrase "I didn't steal your wallet." and I showed you how if you repeated the phrase several times with emphasis on different words each time, you could convey different meanings. For example, below I've written the same phrase over and over again. I've made one of … [Read more...] about #22 Being Understood #2