Young Engineers Blog

March 20, 2014 - 08:50
A year after he left presidential office, Teddy Roosevelt arrived in Paris in 1910 and gave his now famous “Man in the Arena” speech as part of a larger address to the crowds at the prestigious Sorbonne, the precursor to the modern University of Paris: It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no...
December 11, 2013 - 16:25
It’s a professional reality that all bosses are not great bosses. Anyone can become a manager, but to become a leader, other behaviors become distinguishing factors. Anyone can report to a manager, but only a leader will have followers. One such distinction is the role that leaders play in individual career development, something that some managers don’t prioritize or ignore altogether. When it comes to career development, here are five distinguishing factors in separating leaders from managers. If indicators below were on a sliding scale with leader on one end and manager on the polar...
November 20, 2013 - 10:30
Make the Most out of Your Thanksgiving Holiday Travels With Thanksgiving comes the promise of family gatherings, second helpings of gravy and stuffing (my personal favorite of all the holiday carbs), and meeting family and loved ones on the landscape of reunions and “How’s work?” inquiries. But one barrier stands between you and that table of plenty: travel. Whether you are driving, flying, or even hosting a Thanksgiving Day gathering, there is work to be done and time, effort, and patience spent before earning your seat at the table with your sanity intact. For productivity hounds out...
August 15, 2013 - 08:53
With a name like Cadwallader Colden Washburn, or “C.C.” as he was called, was it any wonder that this 19th century lawyer, former Wisconsin governor, and flour magnate would become entrepreneurially emboldened by the industrial revolution and put Minneapolis on the map? I was in the Twin Cities for the 2013 NSPE Leader Conference and Annual Meeting, and in a rare set of spare hours at the end of my travels, I found myself at theMill City Museum, standing atop the ruins of the Washburn Crosby ‘A’ Mill. Above me, the Gold Medal Flour sign, in large yellow block letters, gazed down at me as...
July 1, 2013 - 13:48
The license plate ahead of me read, “Famous Potatoes.” But on this trip to give a keynote talk on behalf of the NSPE Board of Directors at theIdaho Society of Professional EngineersAnnual Meeting, the true scene-stealer wasn’t America’s favorite starch but rather, one of the country’s most scarce yet precious assets: engineering. I had arrived in the city of Coeur d’Alene thanks to the gracious invitation of the Idaho Society President Greg Brands, P.E., Julie Wall, and the Northern Idaho Chapter Leaders Sandra Raskell, P.E., Angela Lemmerman, P.E.,and Eric Olson, P.E. I was sitting in one...
May 16, 2013 - 11:10
How can skills that normally promote your personal brand equity cause serious damage during a teleconference? Understanding how to manage your personal brand during a multiuser teleconference goes beyond just adhering to the basic rules of conference call etiquette. A misstep during a call can mean serious damage to the brand of you, not to mention the brand of the site or office that you’re calling from. Communicating in person amidst a room full of people is like a spacious superhighway where everyone drives in their own lane. Everyone is staying within their own space; everyone...
April 30, 2013 - 09:41
How do you get your reputation to thrive long after you’ve left the room? You make a great impression in business meetings. You always deliver on your commitments. You are results driven and are an impactful player when it comes to delivering client results. Building the outputs of these behaviors involves two aspects of branding: your personal brand identity and personal brand equity. Think of brand identity as the icon, the symbol. Brand identity is what most people think of when they first hear the word, “brand.” It’s the Shell symbol that stands for gasoline. It’s the logo of your...
March 21, 2013 - 10:53
Do you have bodily vigor? How good are you at playing the business game? Do you maintain a well-groomed appearance? View Larger (PDF) The February 1922 issue ofProfessional Engineerhad a column on the leadership challenges that executive engineers faced. The article proposed a list of 14 “Essential Qualities” that an ideal executive should possess. The Essential Qualities, reproduced from a facsimile of the newsletter are: Judgment– Reasoning ability, accuracy in conclusions, ability to profit by experience. Initiative– Alertness,...
February 18, 2013 - 14:06
The whole point of the medical treatment was to make you forget the past. Memories that one wished had never occurred could be erased, particularly in the context of personal and emotional loss. And if that feat of pharmaceutical engineering proved too magical to believe, one could still be emotionally inspired by way of an 18th century poem by Alexander Pope, from which the Michel Gondry film on this memory treatment took its name: How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! The world forgetting, by the world forgot. Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind! Each pray'r accepted, and each...
January 29, 2013 - 10:51
I rarely use the words “porcelain” and “rooster” in the same sentence. But just a few days after Hurricane Sandy struck Manhattan, a porcelain rooster was the centerpiece between the worlds of the electric light and of urban darkness. Supply chains are the strategic corporate tool for conveying value from one end of society to the other. They are also subject to all flavors of disruptions given the level of complexity that many attain while in motion. Disruptions such as cargo delays, tangled logistics. And weather. Two days after Hurricane Sandy swept portions of the Atlantic...

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