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[Note from Pat: This is a post from my friend and engineering classmate Tyler Watkins. Tyler has just made a major move in his life to leave the traditional workforce. This is a letter he wrote to anyone who has ever thought about doing the same, but could never bring...read more
For whatever reason, the last few months have been filled with milestones in both my personal and professional life. I finished a degree and got a new job. My wife just finished her last big exam for her medical residency training. My daughter, now a wise and worldly...read more
One of the things I get asked about more than almost anything else is about how to improve engineering productivity. Not surprisingly, engineers love to find better ways of doing things, not just in their designs, but in the way they work as well. My articles on...read more
Two months ago, one of my co-workers got news that many of us dread that we’ll one day get ourselves. “Ted,” his manager told him, “we have to let you go.” Ted (not his real name) had suspected that this might be coming. Between the tough...read more
[Note from Pat Sweet: Today’s post is a guest post from David Yung – an engineer with a passion for professional development. You can read more from David here.] We all have heard about routine before. We are taught to set routines at a very young age...read more
In the show today, I go through the five top reasons you need to love your job.
The five reasons are:
1. At least a half of your waking hours spent at work, so it would be good to actually enjoy that time.
2. It will be very difficult for you to invest in your career if you don’t love your work.
3. You’ll never be truly great at what you do if you don’t love your work.
4. People who aren’t into their work don’t get promotions
5. Most importantly, you won’t feel fulfilled.
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen R. Covey All engineers need to learn to be productive....read more
Welcome to the second episode of the Engineering and Leadership podcast! This episode covers whether it is better to become a manager or a technical specialist as you move forward in your career as an engineer. I cover the pros and cons of each path and help you decide which might be best for you.read more
Well, I’ve gone and done it and started a podcast. This is the very first episode of the Engineering and Leadership Podcast. In this episode, I introduce the show, and share 5 productivity hacks that I use to squeeze more out of my week than the average engineer.read more
Leadership 101 is a series I’ll be doing on different leadership theories, models, and ideas as they pertain to the practice of engineering. Today’s topic is participative leadership. I am often asked about leadership, how its defined, how to develop...read more