In this episode, I talk with Adam Zach, PE, a project engineer at an environmental engineering firm in Grand Forks, North Dakota. We talk about the importance of goal setting for engineers and how setting goals has greatly contributed to his success in his career, but even better Adam shares his process in this episode, so you can use it too!
In this episode, I am going to answer some questions from some of the engineers who participated in our Engineering Management Accelerator Online Workshop. We had so many great questions during this course related to professional development, job promotions, communication, leadership and more, that I decided to share the answers here so that engineers all over the world can benefit from them.
Here is the summary of questions and answers from a recent group coaching call during the Engineering Management Accelerator Online Workshop:
In this episode, I provide coaching and guidance to an engineer who is totally burnt out in his career. By the end of this episode, he is inspired and has a plan to change his career for the better. He then also adds a twist to this episode and starts asking me some career-related questions on the decisions I made in my career.
Here are the key points discussed on recovering from burnout:
In this episode I talk with Dana Caspersen, conflict specialist, speaker and author of the book: Changing the Conversation: the 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution. During the interview, Dana outlines very practical strategies that you can use when dealing with conflict.
Here are the 3 principles that Dana Caspersen discusses in regards to dealing with conflict:
In this episode, I talk with two very successful women from The Mathews Group, Melissa Mathews and Tia Over. We talk about communication strategies that you can implement when a crisis arises whether it’s a project crisis, client crisis or career crisis.
Here are some of the key points discussed in this episode on what engineers should do when a crisis arises:
In this episode, I answer some questions from our listeners and subscribers about building communication skills, improving public speaking, and strategies for overcoming being overqualified for a position you want.
Here is the summary of the questions and answers discussed on how to improve communication skills and deal with being labeled as overqualified:
Opportunities for Engineers and Technical Professionals in the Gig Economy
In this episode, I talk with Diane Mulcahy, author of The Gig Economy about opportunities for engineers and technical professionals in the current and future economy. The Gig Economy is a shift in the economy from people working 9 to 5 jobs to people performing freelancing or independent work. This is something that can be very applicable to the engineering world and already is very prevalent.
Here are the key points discussed on opportunities for engineering and technical professionals in the ‘Gig Economy:’
The Power of Passion for your Profession
In this episode, I talk with Jane Sidebottom who is the President/Owner of Applied Marketing Knowledge about the power of passion for your profession. We discuss a framework focused on 7 questions to help you find the work you are passionate about. The questions we discuss are from an article by Robert S. Kaplan’s in the Harvard Business Review: Two Ways to Clarify Your Professional Passions, March 30, 2015
Here are the seven questions discussed in this episode:
- When was a time when you were at your best?
- What were you doing?
- What were the key elements of the environment?
- What was the nature of the impact you were making?
- Did you have a boss or were you self-directed?
- What did you love about it?
- What were the factors that made it enjoyable and helped you shine?
Here are the key points discussed on the power of passion for your profession:
In this episode, I am going to talk about whether or not it really matters what path you are taking in your engineering career. I will focus on using the 80/20 rule, goal setting and a quote taken from Alice in Wonderland.
Here are the key points discussed about the path you take in your engineering career:
In this episode, I talk to Joe Cohan, a practicing civil engineer, and we discuss the importance of a big picture outlook in your engineering career as well as how to continuously improve yourself.
Here are the key points discussed on the importance of a big picture outlook in your engineering career.
- It’s important to take a step back and to look what the overall picture is in your work and life.
- Look at things from a larger perspective and take the opportunity to oversee the project as this will help you in the long run.
- Make sure you take your EIT test while you are in college as it is still fresh in your mind then and easier to pass.
- If you see things happening over and over, that are not working out in your engineering career, think about how you can change things going forward.
- A big picture outlook in your engineering career will enable you to see some of the patterns that continue to happen and that you would like to change.
- The first 90 days are critical to a new role in any work position, so keep indoctrinating yourself.
- A big picture outlook in your engineering career allows you to set goals and make adjustments so you can see how you are progressing towards your goals.
More in this episode…
In the Take Action Today segment of the show, I will give you a framework that you can use to create a big picture outlook in your engineering career.
About Joe Cohan
Joe Cohan is a senior project manager with nearly 20 years of overall engineering and management experience. He has worked on wide varieties of land development projects including single family and multi-family residential, commercial development, restaurants, hotels, water parks, schools, business campuses, mixed-use and industrial sites.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and is registered as a professional civil engineer in California and Texas.
Joe has over Seven years of progressively responsible project management experience coordinating extensively with clients, team members, contractors and public agencies in the successful completion of development projects as well as four years of experience in the US Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps as both a member of the Resident Officer In Charge of Construction office at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and as a Facilities Officer at Special Boat Squadron One in Coronado, CA.
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success