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.
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.
Your first year on the job will make or break your engineering career. Many engineers make mistakes in the first year they will never be able to overcome. It is important to be careful, and avoid these career killing mistakes.