In this episode, I talk with Tony Munson, author of People Skills for Engineers. Tony talks about the technical and non-technical skills that engineers need to possess to become successful engineers. He also talks about how you can make a good first impression on your boss, and explains how to correct versus criticize someone. His tips are so practical and easy to implement, and they will help you to take your people skills to the next level.
Personal Development and Professionalism
In this episode, our last episode for the year 2019, I am going to do a short annual engineering career debrief episode to help you evaluate your career over the past year. I will walk you through five questions and use these questions as a brainstorming process to help determine your 2020 goals.
Here Are 5 Questions That You Should Ask Yourself When Establishing Your 2020 Goals:
In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, our second episode in a series about the four key drivers of great engineering managers, we dive into the key driver of providing your engineering team members with career growth opportunities. In this episode, we talk to Sam Tilakasiri CEng, an integrated project team leader for a large aerospace engineering company. Sam provides us with four action items that he takes to support his engineering team that have not only made him better, but also in the process made him a better manager.
The four key drivers of successful engineering managers, based on research we have conducted at the Engineering Management Institute through the design of a diagnostic tool we are building called the CMAP (Current Management Ability Potential) Diagnostic Tool, include:
C: Career Growth Opportunities
M: Management Style That’s Inclusive
A: Ability to Manage Projects
P: People or Interpersonal Skills
Here Are 4 Action Items You Can Take to Support the Professional Development of Your Engineering Team:
In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, I talk with Bill Keen, CRPC who is the founder and CEO of Keen Wealth Advisors – a fiduciary investment firm that focuses on retirement planning and investing for the engineering community nationwide. We will be talking about retirement for engineers and everything around that including a checklist that you can use to prepare yourself for your engineering retirement. Towards the end of the episode, Bill also gives listeners of this episode a free gift, so be sure to listen to the end.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Engineering Retirement:
In this episode, I am taking you with me on a road trip to the offices of Burns Engineering in downtown Philadelphia where you will listen in on a conversation between myself and Laura Hughes. Laura practiced as an engineer earlier in her career but is now the Director of Business Development at Burns Engineering, Inc. In the interview Laura provides strategies engineers can take to improve their business development skills. One example — she discusses why listening and leaving space in conversations is important instead of insisting on what you think they need. You can also view this episode on YouTube.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About Business Development Skills:
In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach podcast, I talk to Tori Thomas, who is a strategic analyst intern at Organica Water about an article she wrote on LinkedIn regarding a disagreement she had with her boss. She explains to us what her goal was when writing the article and how it has affected her, and her internship ever since. We also talk about the passion she has for engineering at such a young age and the importance of using social media in your engineering career for personal branding.
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed and Quotes Related to Tori’s Disagreement with Her Boss:
In this episode, I will explain how you can avoid becoming a frog in boiling water in your engineering career. Nobody can predict the future and disaster can strike at any time in your career and that is why you should always strive to minimize risks in your career by being prepared for the absolute worst.
Here Are 5 Action Steps You Can Take to Avoid Becoming a Frog in Boiling Water:
In this episode, I am going to discuss the four books that I am currently reading and how these books, or really how my reading process may help you as an engineer. I decided to create this episode because engineers are constantly asking me what I am reading or what books they should be reading to advance their careers. I truly believe that reading the right books and applying the information you learn can make all of the difference in your engineering career and life.
Here Are the Four Books That I Am Reading Now:
In this episode of The Engineering Career Coach Podcast, I outline two different approaches to professional development. I explain the advantages and disadvantages of each of these approaches, and how you can use them to increase your overall success in your engineering career and life.
Here are the 2 different approaches to professional development:
In this episode, I will tell you a short story about a long drive that changed the way I think and had a major impact on our business here at the Engineering Management Institute. I hope that it helps you to cultivate an opportunistic mindset in your career and life overall.