"Buy-In, Once More With Feeling!" Hello everyone! Buy-in is everywhere… it's everywhere! Most of us involved in business, technical organizations, and teams think of buy-in as a common requirement for our success. Buy-in isn't just something that managers attempt to secure from their direct reports. Buy-in is a requirement for all human endeavors that require more than one person. Buy-in is the thread, the weave, that holds the fabric … [Read more...] about #82 Buy-In Once More
Soft Skills for Engineers
The #1 leadership rule you need to know!" Hello everyone! If you were to pick one and only one leadership rule, I've put it in this blog. Everything else about leadership pales in comparison to this rule. I've devoted this blog and this week's ezine/newsletter to just this topic. We often hear the following definition of leadership: "Leadership is the ability to get people to do what they don't want to do". Or some variation on that … [Read more...] about #80 First Rule of Leadership
"How do you recognize good management advice?" Hello everyone! "Who do you trust and what is the truth in management?" This last week I was reading some of the blogs on the people skills necessary for successful management. One blog, in particular, caught my eye. It had to do with "behaviors" that are necessary for a good manager. Some of the behaviors put forth by the author included things like these soft skills: 1. When you are … [Read more...] about #79 Trust Your Experiences
Intellect versus emotions. Which rules? Hello everyone! Human beings are quite the creatures aren't they… or more accurately… aren't we? That's a loaded question though… isn't it? Here's what I mean. The human being. Part primitive emotional throw-back to a creature without language, without the ability to project into the future, without the ability to build complicated tools through higher-order reasoning. And part advanced … [Read more...] about #62 You Know You Side With Your Feelings!
Are they as important as hard skills? Hello everyone! Here's a question for you; "How important are "soft skills" in your long-term success as an engineer or as an engineering manager?" I guess first I should define "soft skills". My answer is that "soft skills" are all those skills that have to do with everything OTHER than your engineering topics. Soft skills are all those skills that have to do with "being human". They are those … [Read more...] about #60 How Important Are Soft Skills for Engineers?
Do all engineers either become managers or get pushed aside? Hello everyone! Over the years, I've been asked by many clients, the following question: "As engineers, what is it that drives us to become either less successful over time in our engineering organizations or pushes us into management as we age? It seems we are doomed to not be able to be successful just doing our engineering. What's going on?" I've been asked this flavor of … [Read more...] about #58 Is It Just Old Age?