"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
"When you know what to do" Hello everyone! The big question is... I often get asked these questions: "Steven, how do you get buy-in from people?" or "In this difficult business environment, how do you get people to buy-in instead of worrying about other things that take them away from what they need to be accomplishing?" or "How do I get the team to give buy-in and have everyone pull in the same direction?" It doesn't much matter how … [Read more...] about #81 Building Buy-In Is Easy
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
"Do you really choose anything?" Hello everyone! As an engineer or engineering manager, how much of what you do is your choice? As an engineer or engineering manager how much of what your colleagues do is their choice? As an engineering manager, how much of the behavior of your direct reports is their choice? Most people would answer that people are always choosing their behaviors. Right? How can it be any other way? We each choose … [Read more...] about #78 Choice Is A Myth!