This book states that people instinctively sense when a group experience is something special, something different from the ordinary, something that surpasses their expectations in a positive, remarkable, and hard-to-describe way. These are extraordinary groups that achieve outstanding results. Members of extraordinary teams—individually or collectively—experience a profound shift in how they see their world.
Presents engineers with a communication microskills model, for both technical issues and social situations. Gives tips on how to engage, listen, manage conflict, and influence others with highly constructive, repeatable communication exchanges.
Historically, the need for communication skills was not particularly emphasized in engineering education. However, recent studies show that clear, spoken communication is an essential competency for an engineer. Introduces key principles of communication that support clear exchanges in a technical context. Using self-assessment tools and practical examples, as well as engineering-specific case studies, the book helps engineers develop effective communication and presentation skills, allowing them to successfully respond to technical challenges in day-to-day engineering jobs.
An essential guide for engineers who are new to the role of leading a team. Packed with practical information, advice and case studies, this book not only presents you with the insights to get your team rapidly up to speed and working to their full potential, but also shows how to problem solve, and keep the team on track through turbulent times.
Most organizations see effective teamwork as essential to their success, but find that the reality of working in teams presents many practical difficulties. This text, based on rigorous research evidence, provides all the tools necessary to help teams overcome these difficulties, including case studies, discussion questions, exercises and questionnaires. Drawing on the latest psychological research, Effective Teamwork examines the factors which affect team functioning both positively and negatively.
Every successful organization needs high-performance teams to compete and succeed. Yet, technical people are often resistant to traditional "touchy-feely" teambuilding. To improve communication, performance, and morale among NASA’s technical teams, former NASA Astrophysicist Dr. Charlie Pellerin developed the 4D teambuilding process - an approach that requires only a fraction of the time and resources of traditional training methods and has boosted team performance in hundreds of NASA project teams, engineering teams, and management teams.
The 25th anniversary edition of the bestselling business classic, completely revised and updated For more than 25 years, The Leadership Challenge has been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader, selling more than 2 million copies in over 20 languages since its first publication. Based on Kouzes and Posner's extensive research, this all-new edition casts their enduring work in context for today's world, proving how leadership is a relationship that must be nurtured, and most importantly, that it can be learned. Features over 100 all-new case studies and examples, which show The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership in action around the world Focuses on the toughest organizational challenges leaders face today Addresses changes in how people work and what people want from their work An indispensable resource for leaders at all levels, this anniversary edition is a landmark update and must-read.
Stories of emerging leaders and their experiences, as well as information and tools that help you as a student reflect on your experience and decide what comes next. Every student has untapped leadership abilities. This book helps them find and develop their inner leader, become the person he or she wants to be, and pursue their passions in ways that are productive and rewarding for themselves and others. Identifies some common myths about leadership in technical fields, and then helps students identify their own leadership skills in the face of false assumptions. Shows students how to make a real difference and explain why the world needs every student's best professional self. Each of the four parts of Leadership for Engineers includes four chapters comprised of testimonies from emerging leaders, as well as reflective questions at the end of each chapter. Reading through the scenarios and working through the questions will prepare you to lead in your career and your life.
Argues that engineering leadership is the result of the development of four fundamental concepts: personal managerial skills, self-leadership skills, operational leadership skills, and organizational leadership skills. Each is explored in turn, and examples are taken from the space shuttle Columbia disaster to show the importance of these processes and skills, and what can happen when they are ignored. The book introduces the Capability Maturity Model which provides organizations with appropriate processes and knowledge guidelines to ensure effective leadership to avoid such disasters. Topics covered include: a good process gone bad - setting the stage with the Columbia disaster, the importance of process, leadership is guiding a process-oriented organization, maintaining vigilance for product and the need for change, the financial impact on process and operations, how do we change - what do we need to do?, individual capability, recommendations for process and capability in today's industries.
Deftly mixes theory, practical tools and personal experience into a provocative book about building business teams. Outlines the fundamentals that every empowering manage must understand before attempting the process of team building.
Teamwork, projects, collaborative problem solving, innovation, and creativity are central to success in engineering, especially in the increasingly global economy. The overall goal of Teamwork and Project Management, Fourth Edition is to prepare you for these aspects of professional practice in engineering. The approach involves engaging you in activity, reflection, and collaboration to build your knowledge and skills. The fourth edition represents a major redesign and includes an expanded number of collaborators. Specific goals for readers of Teamwork and Project Management, Fourth edition include: *To help frame the project team and identify and use an appropriate project management team. *To understand the dynamics of team development and interpersonal problem solving. *To identify strategies for accelerating the development of true team effectiveness. *To understand the critical dimensions of project scope, time, and cost management. *To understand the critical dimensions of project scope, time and cost management. *To explore a variety of best practices including anticipating, preventing, and overcoming barriers to project success.
A compact guide for engineers striving to be stronger leaders, better communicators, and experts in bringing out the best in others. A straightforward and highly applicable guide for scientists, engineers, and technologists moving up the corporate ladder and wishing to maximize leadership abilities. Weaving vignettes from real-life experiences, Nazarian inspires and energizes, teaching lessons on communicating effectively, recognizing potential, motivating, and maximizing productivity and employee confidence. What makes a leader strong, successful, and respected-while reinforcing the team's expert knowledge, natural instincts, and creativity. Covers how to create a reputation for facing reality, following through, rewarding employees fairly, honoring commitments, and leading individuals to achieve their own workplace success.