Here we go again. There seem to be endless discussions about "delegation". Over and over again the same answer is given regarding how one should go about learning to delegate. And over and over, the advice seems less than adequate. The most recent article I read was on the TechRepublic website and it discussed delegation and how to learn to delegate successfully. Like so many other discussions regarding this topic, it focused on the idea … [Read more...] about How to Delegate, for Technical Managers
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'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
Hello everyone! I know, everyone wants to be a leader. No one wants to be a manager… right? Management has no glory but leaders are the heroes. I've heard it all before. Business magazines tout the virtues of leadership and praise the leaders and say little about the managers who toil at their craft. I even coach clients who do not want to be managers but rather want to be leaders when there is no one to lead and nothing to lead them … [Read more...] about #91 Descent Into Leadership
Do you manage for the sprint, or the marathon? Hello everyone! Do you manage for the sprint?...or .... Do you manage for the marathon?… or ... Do you manage for the race? What is a sprint? Imagine a Summer Olympics bicycle sprint race around a track. The racers are poised on their bikes. Their leg muscles are tense. Their hearts are pounding. Their muscles are ready to consume incredible amounts of energy and oxygen. Their heads are … [Read more...] about #90 How Do You Manage?
The difference that makes the difference Hello everyone! Last week I attended two very interesting and significant events. In the morning I attended the commemoration of NASA Ames Research Center as an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Historical Site, honoring all the great work that has been accomplished at that world-renowned facility. Work in the areas of aeronautics, astronautics, computation, spacecraft and … [Read more...] about #89 Keeping Your Job