In this episode, I talk with Rich Archbold, senior engineering director at Intercom. We talk about an article he wrote called: “Engineers quit managers, not companies. Don’t let that manager be you.”
This is a guest post by Philip Zimmerman PE, PCC, DMin.
My introduction to leading by serving began with my dad who was a chemical engineer and continued with my first two employers who both were professional civil engineers. Through their direct instruction, mentoring, and coaching I learned and mastered four service roots that I still use to this day. These include the golden rule(+), empowerment, professionalism, and humility.
The first root, the golden rule(+), I picked up from my father who routinely instructed me to treat others as good or better than I would like to be treated; he daily modeled this principle in word and deed. Through his mentoring and modeling I learned this principle goes far beyond just fulfilling a need, it was giving others above and beyond my own desires for the same things. I discovered that maturity in this area was experienced as joy in the heart knowing the need of another had been met. An ancillary heart sensation of maturity was purpose fulfillment.
In today’s episode, author Dr. Paul Cantonwine talks about The Never-Ending Challenge of Engineering: Admiral H.G. Rickover in His Own Words, which is a practical and philosophical look at the principles used by engineers and leaders from the perspective of Admiral Hyman George Rickover – one of America’s greatest engineers.