In this episode, I talk with Ed Overholt, P.E., PMP, a licensed professional engineer with Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, about how to build an engineering office from scratch, and assemble an effective team.
***The video version of this episode can be viewed here.***
Here Are Some of the Questions I Ask Ed:
- Can you explain assembling a team during the early stages of setting up an engineering office, ensuring that the team’s values align with the organization’s goals?
- What kind of coaching or training did you receive to develop the necessary business skills for growing the office, and how did you develop these strategies?
- Whose idea was it to establish the office, and how did you become one of the leaders driving this initiative?
- How did you manage resources while expanding the office to ensure the availability of necessary supplies and tools as the operation grew?
- When assembling a team, what specific qualities do you prioritize in potential team members, and how do you ensure a diverse skill set across the team?
- Could you share some strategies and philosophies that have contributed to your success as an engineering leader?
- How do you balance the technical aspects of a project and the leadership responsibilities when overseeing an engineering team?
- How do you handle project challenges with clients and within the team, acting as a vital link between the two, and how have you seen soft skills like communication and collaboration impact project success and team dynamics?
- What final advice would you give aspiring engineers or project managers aiming to excel in their careers and impact the industry?