"Engineers Are Natural Leaders--Say What?" Hello everyone! I know this week's blog may cause some controversy but I've got to put this out there because by being silent, I believe it's only making the situation worse. You see, recently I had dinner with a friend of mine. During the conversation he made a comment that nearly required that someone administer the Heimlich maneuver to me. I was chewing on some delicious French bread when he … [Read more...] about #85 Engineers Are Natural Leaders
"Young People Want Everything Now!" Hello everyone! Is it a bad rap? I often hear managers and training departments in corporations complain about how young people don't want to wait for their career advancement. They want to get pay raises after 6 months. They want to be managers 1 year after graduating from college. They don't want to work 5, 6, or 7 years in one position to earn the "right" to be promoted to the next career … [Read more...] about #83 The Young Are Restless
"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
Team building isn’t a cookie-cutter process. As many authors, pundits, consultants, and academics have stated over the years and as many of us who have worked inside organizations known from experience, team-building and being on a team is very important and when you are part of a team that works, you know it. As a result, a major question that managers must answer is this, “Do all good functioning teams operate the same way?” To review the … [Read more...] about #44 Team Building Ain’t What You Think!