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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 economic climate, and...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 (remember...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. We tend to get a lot thrown at...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 leadership...read more
Everyone knows that leadership is important for an organization to do well. That much is clear. What most people struggle with is how to actually practice leadership. What exactly do you do if you want to be a leader? Like so many other things in business and in life,...read more
Imagine this... It's 9:57 AM. You show up to the meeting room where you're supposed to be discussing an important project - on time - to find out that you're the only one there. You wait around for a little bit for other people to show up, but they never do. You...read more
One of the most important things an engineer or engineering manager can learn to do is delegate. Unfortunately, engineers are generally pretty terrible at delegating. As an engineer myself, I think I know why. We're perfectionists. Our way is the only way....read more