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.

Fascinating Science – Ready for Market?

By Gary Hinkle
Do we know what kinds of projects engineers will be working on in the coming years? Visionary physicist Michio Kaku in his latest best-seller, Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, points out many scientific advancements that are ready, or nearly ready for the next step, for engineers to transform them into commercial products.