"What future pulls you to it?" Happy New Year everyone! In point of fact, we are pattern recognition machines. All we do is recognize for patterns. Here's an example. The only reason you can read these words is because your eyes notice where the pattern of black (of each letter) begins and ends and where the pattern of white, your screen or paper begins and ends. It is at the boundaries of these patterns that experience exists. Were it not … [Read more...] about #77 New Year Future
Inter-Personal People Skills
"Context-Static questionnaires don't work." Hello everyone! I was teaching a management class at the University of California, Santa Barbara, this last Friday. I was talking to the class about the way in which each of us is "programmed" to behave in certain ways. I gave the students a questionnaire and one of the categories surveyed by the questionnaire had to do with being oriented toward "details" or toward "big picture". Those people … [Read more...] about #76 Context and Communication
"Updating in real time." Hello everyone! I received a comment from Dorothy McKinney regarding my last blog in which I didn't say a lot of nice things about Myers-Briggs, DiSC, Enneagram, and other "systems" that purport to tell us who we are and how to manage others. (By the way, I really appreciate it when people make comments… I like the dialog and we all learn from each other.) Dorothy's comments centered on the usefulness of these … [Read more...] about #74 I Have A Solution!
"Forget generations X, Y, and Z." Hello everyone! There is no doubt that we can put "groups" of people into certain "groups". The simplest group, of course, is Homo sapiens. We are all part of that group. Then there are the groups of men and women. We can go further, such as male child, female child, female adult, male adult. In business management these distinctions are less useful and even less acceptable than the Myers-Briggs … [Read more...] about #73 Generational Profiling
"It's not about morale." Hello everyone! Are you ready for the next management fad? One of my clients, for many years, has been a high technology company. One of the members of the training department (now retired) used to tell me that he was always on the look out for the latest management fad. His goal was to avoid them. He said he liked my work because it got results and it didn't change with the wind like the latest fads did. I … [Read more...] about #71 The Next Fad Is Here
"If you do one thing… do this" Hello everyone! You've been hearing me say for some time that for the typical engineer, management is a new career. You've heard me say that the soft skills, the interpersonal people skills make all the difference in your success, long-term. Well, last Wednesday I moderated a panel discussion at the monthly evening dinner meeting of the San Francisco chapter of the AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and … [Read more...] about #70 AIAA-SF Panel Tells It Like It Is!