In my career the most successful engineers were always the ones willing to get their hands dirty. This might mean going out and spending extended time on the production floor, or in the field, or interacting with the people that would actually build the thing you are working on. In this video I discuss the importance of being willing to get your hands dirty, and not just sit in the office in front of a computer screen.
Often educated people tend towards being prideful and arrogant. This issue can lead to engineers not treating support staff with respect. An engineer that can learn to treat support staff with the utmost respect that they deserve will not only be doing the right thing, but will be boosting their career at the same time.
In this video we coach leaders and managers on how to give constructive feedback to people. It is important to realize that most people can only handle one “problem” at a time. Start by telling the person what they are doing right, then tell them the one most important thing they need to work to improve. Don’t tell them everything they need to fix, just the worst problem, and then work with them through one problem at a time, over time.
Engineers sometimes suffer from the problem of ego or pride, and hence sometimes struggle with taking constructive feedback the right way. One of the best ways to boost your career is to learn to take feedback in the positive way it is intended. This video will give you the tips and tricks to ensure you always benefit from constructive criticism.
There is an old saying my Dad taught me . . . Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate. This is true in life in general, but is especially true in the engineering community. This is a rather small and tight-nit community, and engineers appear to be particularly adept at holding a grudge. Hence to be successful in this field, it is important to avoid needlessly creating enemies.