Heave-Ho the Status Quo

By Susan de la Vergne
We’ve read a lot in the last decade or so about whistle blowers, people who call out their bosses—or their boss’s bosses—for questionable, unethical or illegal acts. Every whistle blower spotted what seemed to be a generally accepted practice and said, “This is wrong.”

There’s No Escaping Leadership

By Gary C. Hinkle
After graduating from college, Eric’s first week on the job as an engineer presented several leadership and management challenges— but he didn’t realize at the time that’s what they were. He was just getting the work done that he was told to do, just ordinary assignments for an entry-level engineer…or so he thought.

Relationships or Results?

By Gary Hinkle
In the last post, I wrote about what you should look for when you hire a consultant. When a consultant plays a team lead role, the goal is speedy success and rapid termination. Whether stakeholders like the consultant or not isn’t the point. What matters is that the business objectives are met.

Mindfulness vs. Multitasking

By Susan de la Vergne
A story in this Sunday’s New York Times says that Sherlock Holmes was a model of mono-tasking. He solved crime after crime in his famous (fictional) career simply by focusing on the problem, concentrating in solitude until he’d unraveled the mystery.

Engineers Can Fix the Economy!

By Gary Hinkle
High unemployment continues to be a problem in the US and around the world. We complain there aren’t enough jobs, and someone should do something about it! We blame the government, we blame corporations, and we blame what’s going on in other countries.

“I Work Better Under Pressure!” (Seriously?)

By Susan de la Vergne
If you’re reading this, I bet you’ve said it: “I work better under pressure!” You mean, then, that you (1) consistently do your best work when you have no time to double-check or review it; (2) always reach your creative peak when the clock is racing behind you; and (3) never fail to turn out your best when you stay late and you’re tired.

What Does It Take to be a Change Leader?

Driving Change: What Does It Take?

The challenge of organizing and implementing change is big all by itself, yet it’s something engineering leaders are often called on to do. The bigger challenge, even bigger than driving the change in the first place, is making change stick. A change leader can never declare “mission accomplished” until the change actually takes hold, for the long haul.