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Your Archived ACE “Mentoring” Webinars
Webinars #16 through #30 with #30 at the top of the page. Enjoy!



ACEmentoring#30
Topic: “How To Be A Fully Integrated Engineer”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
 
I have just had my second book published. It is titled: “The Fully Integrated Engineer: Combining Technical Ability With Leadership Prowess”.
 
The book is published by Wiley Publishing of New York and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).
 
The essence of the book is this: College teaches you how to be a good engineer. It teaches you to have certain attitudes, beliefs, capabilities, and behaviors that make you a good technical problem-solver.
However, is your college tool-box sufficient to guarantee you a successful, long-term technical career?
 
My experience working with and managing engineers, scientists, and technologists throughout my career tells me that the answer is… “NO”.
 
In order to have a successful engineering career you need to add new attitudes, beliefs, capabilities, and behaviors.
 
This book explains what those new tools are that need to be added and how to add them.
 
This webinar is a 10,000-foot view of the book and its content.
 
Enjoy!
 
Podcast
Click here to watch the podcast of “How To Be A Fully Integrated Engineer”
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Duration: 51 minutes
Format/Size: mp4/500MB
 



ACEmentoring#29
Topic: “How To Motivate Your Team”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
 
In the last podcast, I showed you how to build teams. The next step is understanding how to motivate people.
 
Many people believe that employees, team members are supposed to be “self-motivated”. However, this doesn’t always occur. In many cases, motivation comes from leadership; from management. And therefore, it is important to understand how motivation works and how to motivate other team members.
 
In this podcast, I will show you, step-by-step, how to motivate other people. Whether you are a manager, a leader, a team lead, or a team member, I will show you how to understand the motivational forces of other people and how to apply influence to keep people motivated.
 
Podcast
Click here to watch the podcast of “How To Motivate Your Team”
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Duration: 61 minutes
Format/Size: mp4/530MB
 



ACEmentoring#28
Topic: “How To Build Teams”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
 
If you look around the world you will notice that there seems to be a huge variation in the way to build successful teams.
 
Jack Welch will tell you to build teams his way.
 
An American championship football team coach will tell you how to build successful teams his way.
 
A government official, who has headed up a large government agency will tell you to build teams her way.
 
A successful woman’s basketball coach will tell you to build teams her way.
 
There seems to be no shortage of people telling you different ways to build teams. And why is that?
 
I think the reason there are so many seemingly different ways to build successful teams is that, outwardly, there are many different ways to be successful.
 
But at the core, all successful and even high-performance teams have the same things in common.
 
In this podcast I will show you what is at the core of all successful and high-performance teams. Check it out.
 
Podcast
Click here to watch the podcast of “How To Build Teams”
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Duration: 70 minutes
Format/Size: mp4/512MB
 



ACEmentoring#27
Topic: “Delivering Constructive Feedback”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
 
Have you ever been in a situation where you know there is a better way to do something, but you are concerned that if you mention it someone will be offended or just brush off your suggestion?
 
Or maybe you been asked for your opinion or feedback regarding a specific situation but you know if you really speak your mind other people are going to be offended by what you say?
 
Or maybe you just constantly blurt out your suggestions and people get upset with your comments or they just ignore you?
 
If any of these situations pop up on a regular basis for you, then you may be suffering from an inability to give feedback in a constructive way and in a manner that allows your feedback to be heard.
 
In this tele-seminar I show you how to provide constructive feedback, whether requested or not, in a way that will be welcomed and heard.
 
Audio Recording
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “Delivering Constructive Feedback”
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Duration: 60 minutes
Format/Size: m4a/105MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “Delivering Constructive Feedback”
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Format/Size: PDF/13MB
 



ACEmentoring #24 and #25 and #26
Topic: “Eight Important Career Questions… Answered:
  Part 1 (Question #1 and Part of Question #2) and
  Part 2 (Part of Question #2 through Question #6) and
  Part 3 (Questions #7 and #8)

(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
 
This month’s (actually I thought it would be in two parts but it expanded to three parts over next three months) ACEmentoring tele-seminar is going to be a little different. I’m going to answer eight important career questions that I find most people have at some time in their careers. And I’m going to do it over, not two but three tele-seminars.
 
These questions are complex enough that they will take some time to discuss and provide answers to.
 
Some of the questions will address issues that arise early in your engineering career while others are questions that often come up later in your career.
 
Here are the questions that I will be answering over the next two tele-seminars. I’ll answer the first four or five in the October 30th tele-seminar at noon (Pacific Savings Time) and the remaining questions in November.
 
Part 1
Question #1: How often can you ask questions before looking stupid? When people take on new positions, either because they have just graduated from school or because they have been promoted to a new position, they often assume that they have to know what they have to know in order to do the job. They assume that they will look incompetent if they ask their manager or others questions about how to be successful. Is this true or false?
 
Question #2: You’ve recently graduated from college with an engineering degree, or a technical degree of some type. What’s up? What can you expect and what will be expected of you? And how do expectation change with the company you are in? (A portion is included in Part 1)  
 
Part 2
Question #2: You’ve recently graduated from college with an engineering degree, or a technical degree of some type. What’s up? What can you expect and what will be expected of you? And how do expectation change with the company you are in? (A portion is included in Part 2)  
 
Question #3: How do you integrate into a new department? You have just been moved, promoted, or been hired into a new department or group. How do you effectively integrate (that is, become a supported member) of this new group? Is there a right way and a wrong way?
 
Question #4: How quickly can I expect to made a manager?
 
Question #5: How do you not alienate others when you think you are the smartest person in the room? Some people, young as well as senior believe that they know something that others do not. And they attempt to show others that this is true. This is a dangerous game to be playing and I’ll explain why.
 
Question #6: How do you work and/or manage in different business environments? Different business environments, that is, government, start-up, private company, public company… each has its own culture and its own rules of engagement. What can you expect if you join one versus another?
 
Part 3
Question #7: How do you implement a new vision or major change in your company, organization, or team? At some point in your career, you may well advance to the level where you will have the ability to make things happen your way. What is the best way to implement that change? Is there a wrong way? What are best practices?
 
Question #8: How do you deal with a long-term assignment you really don’t want? Some business environments provide opportunities to work on projects that last years, maybe even several years. Some offer tasks that last only several months. If you work in an environment where projects last several years, what happens when you are assigned to a project that will last several years and you don’t want it? Is there a way to turn it down without turning down future opportunities for your career? Or if you have to give a multi-year assignment to someone, how do you do it in a positive way?
 
Tele-seminar #24 (Part 1 of 3)
Audio Recording
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “Eight Big Career Questions: Part 1”
(Right-click the “Download” link for PCs, control-click for Macs.)
Duration: 60 minutes
Format/Size: m4a/105MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “Eight Big Career Questions: Part 1”
(Right-click the “Download” link for PCs, control-click for Macs.)
Format/Size: PDF/13MB
 
Tele-seminar #25 (Part 2 of 3)
Audio Recording
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “Eight Big Career Questions: Part2”
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Duration: 60 minutes
Format/Size: m4a/105MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “Eight Big Career Questions: Part2”
(Right-click the “Download” link for PCs, control-click for Macs.)
Format/Size: PDF/13MB
 
Tele-seminar #26 (Part 3 of 3)
Audio Recording
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “Eight Big Career Questions: Part3”
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Duration: 60 minutes
Format/Size: m4a/105MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “Eight Big Career Questions: Part3”
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Format/Size: PDF/13MB



ACEmentoring #23
Topic: “How To Facilitate A Collaborative Negotiation”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
 
Many engineers and technical managers think of negotiation as something the contracts department does when they are negotiating a new contract with a customer. But that’s not really the case. That is only one specific type of negotiation.
 
In reality, you are almost always negotiating in your everyday work environment. You negotiate when you try to figure out a commonly agreeable meeting date and time.
 
You are negotiating when you are trying to get a few more days to complete your task.
 
You are negotiating when you want to take some extra time for vacation.
 
You are negotiating when you want help from a colleague but you have no real authority over his or her time.
 
In fact, much of what we do in our everyday work environment is a form of negotiation.
 
And there is a good and effective way to do it and there is a not so good and not so effective way to do it.
 
In this tele-seminar I show you how to facilitate what I call a collaborative negotiation. And I give you the steps necessary to take you through the whole process to produce a truly collaborative outcome.
 
Audio Recording
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “How To Facilitate A Collaborative Negotiation”
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Duration: 60 minutes
Format/Size: m4a/105MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “How To Facilitate A Collaborative Negotiation”
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Format/Size: PDF/13MB



ACEmentoring #22
Topic: “How to be a Program Manager”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
Engineers, scientists, and technologists often aspire to become program managers. The shift into management often provides more money, more responsibility, more prestige, more challenges.
 
For many it also provides stumbling blocks which can damage career advancement.
 
In this ACEmentoring tele-seminar I discuss what it takes to be a good program manager and what a program manager must do in order to be successful.
 
Whether you want to become or already are a program manager, a project manager, or a technical lead, this is a ACEmentoring tele-seminar that will set you on the right track for success. Guaranteed.
 
Audio Recording
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “How to be a Program Manager”
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Duration: 60 minutes
Format/Size: m4a/105MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “How to be a Program Manager.”
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Format/Size: PDF/13MB



ACEmentoring #21
Topic: “On-the-Job-Training Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
Some managers will tell you that the best way to be trained for your career advancement is to just acquire knowledge through on-the-job training. On the surface, this seems like sound advice.
 
But is it?
 
Is it better to seek outside training, coaching, and mentoring? When is the right time to seek outside help versus asking for help from people inside your organization?
 
In this podcast I’m going to give you advice regarding when to seek and how to use on-the-job training and when it is much better to go outside your organization.
 
I’ll also show you how to counter your manager’s position and ask for outside help when he or she tells you to just learn from those around you.
 
Everyone runs up against these issues sometime in their career. Often your success is a function of how you respond to what your manager thinks is best.
 
Audio Recording
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “On-the-Job Training”
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Duration: 61 minutes
Format/Size: m4a/107MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “On-the-Job Training.”
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Format/Size: PDF/13MB



ACEmentoring #20
Topic: “How To Navigate Your Engineering Career”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
Some people will tell you to follow your passion when it comes to deciding how to make decisions regarding your engineering and technical career. This seems like sound advice.
 
But is it?
 
What does it mean to follow your passion? Suppose your passion is to risk everything to start your own technical company? Suppose your passion is to do something that is going to be obsolete in the next two years? Is it always best to follow your passion?
 
Or should you be pragmatic? Should you select the career options that make the “most sense”? Should you select the career choices that lead to job security, to the highest salary, to the longest secure career?
 
How does a person make these choices? How does a person even know what the best choice is?
 
And lets not forget about the proverbial “balanced life”. We are told over and over that it is important to have a balanced life? Every aspect of our life must get its due. Is that really true? Is that really necessary?
 
What does a balanced life even mean?
 
All these questions have been rummaging around in my head for a while. I’ve been looking at the careers of the people I have known and worked with. I have looked at my own career and most importantly I have been analyzing the careers of the people I have been coaching and reviewing the questions they have been asking me and the answers to the questions I have been asking them.
 
And I think I have some important ideas for you to consider regarding your career choices.
 
After listening to this tele-seminar, you may not walk away with a clear road map for your career, but you will certainly know more about what questions to ask yourself in order to understand what you want in the long-term.
 
Audio Recording
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “How to navigate your engineering career.”
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Duration: 60 minutes
Format/Size: m4a/107MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “How to navigate your engineering career.”
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Format/Size: PDF/13MB



ACEmentoring #19
Topic: “Servant Leadership: What is it and when to use it.”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
This tele-seminar is focused on leadership, but not leadership in general. This topic is on Servant Leadership, specifically.
 
Servant Leadership is a hot topic. It is considered a desired default leadership style.
 
Servant Leadership is thought to be the exemplar of how a good and great leader should be and behave.
 
As you might suspect, I’m not so sure. In fact, I don’t think there is a single default desired leadership style leaders should aspire to. I don’t think the one leadership style will suffice.
 
And I consider much of the justification regarding how wonderful Servant Leadership is to be so much nonsense.
 
Now, don’t get me wrong. Servant Leadership is useful. I use it a lot. It is my ground state for my own leadership. It has its place. But it is not a “use it all the time and you will be a great leader” type of thing. If all you are is a Servant Leader I can guarantee you that you will ultimately fail.
 
So what leadership style is best? What is the role of Servant Leadership? Can anyone be a servant leader even if they do not have a leadership position or title? Is there such a thing as a Servant Manager? Is there even such a thing as a “servant engineer”? When should you not use Servant management or leadership.
 
I address these and more questions around Servant and non-servant leadership and management in this ACEmentoring tele-seminar.
 
Audio Recording
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “Servant Leadership.”
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Duration: 60 minutes
Format/Size: m4a/107MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “Servant Leadership.”
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Format/Size: PDF/13MB



ACEmentoring #18
Topic: “How To Say ‘No’ Without Damaging Your Career.”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
As engineers, scientists, and technologists we truly enjoy solving problems. We have been trained to be able to find answers to problems. It is what we do.
 
So it seems inconceivable that we would say NO to anyone asking us to take on a cool challenge, a cool problem.
 
And, in this way, the overload process begins. We take on more than we have time for. We say YES to every request we think we can squeeze into our schedule. We resist having our manager give the cool problem to someone else on the team. Our schedule gets really full.
 
We barely have time to finish what we have taken on if everything goes perfectly. And it usually does not. Problems crop up. We have to attend meetings, and so we complain that meetings are a waste of time. We work late. We do not get enough rest. We become irritable.
 
Our manager becomes concerned because people are complaining that we are no longer enjoyable to work with. We snap at people. We are not very diplomatic in our communication with others. Our manager asks us for a weekly status report, and now we are certain that we are being micro-managed. We complain that we do not have time to write a weekly status report.
 
Things begin to unravel and we do not really understand the cause. We just have too much work. But people are asking us to do it, so what are we to do?
 
The key of course is to be able to say “No” when asked to take on more work when that additional work will put us over the limit as to what is reasonable for us to accomplish.
 
But how do you say “no” without limiting your career? How do you say no without letting all the cool work go to someone else? How do you say no without letting others advance ahead of you?
 
While all these questions are reasonable to ask, they are not nearly as critical as you might think.
 
In this tele-seminar, I will discuss how to say “No” to a request (and sometimes maybe even “Yes”) and turn it into a “win” decision for you and for your career.
 
Audio Recording
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “How to say ‘No’ without damaging your career.”
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Duration: 60 minutes
Format/Size: m4a/107MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “How to say “No” without damaging your career.”
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Format/Size: PDF/13MB



ACEmentoring #17
Topic: “How To Influence and Convince Others, Respectfully, Elegantly, and Effectively.”
(available to ACE-Premium Access members)

Description
Most engineers, scientists, and technologists have come to rely on data to convince themselves and others of the validity of a position or idea. “Data rules”.
 
Data is absolutely necessary when it comes to solving equations and life-and-death situations, such as placing a satellite in orbit, or putting astronauts into orbit, or ensuring that an artificial heart functions properly. In these situations, data do indeed rule.
 
However, not every decision that will be made by a technical team can rely exclusively on data. Many decisions in technical organizations are made on the basis of judgement. And that means that sometimes, the strongest will… wins. Or the most cogent argument rules the day. Or the person with the best argument is the most convincing.
 
Many engineers, scientists, and technologists shy away from the non-data discussions. They are often not comfortable with the idea of “influencing” someone when data is not the primary source of the convincing. They do not really want to get into the area of “judgement” often because they are not comfortable “influencing” or “selling” their ideas.
 
If the above paragraphs define you, if you shy away from influencing and convincing others based on opinion and/or judgement, then this March ACEmentoring tele-seminar can really be of help to you, because in this months tele-seminar I will discuss specifically how to elegantly, respectfully, and effectively influence and convince others.
 
If you want to be able to use data when it is appropriate and use your ability to influence and convince when that is appropriate, then this tele-seminar is one you will want to take advantage of.
 
Duration: 60 minutes. 
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “How to convince and influence others.”
Format/Size: m4a/107MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “How to convince and influence others.”
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Format/Size: PDF/13MB



ACEmentoring #16
Topic: “Leading and Managing With Neurological Levels: How Neurological Levels Can Affect Your Career Success.”

Description
 
What is the reason some engineers, scientists, and technologists, have long and successful careers, while others seem to struggle with career advancement and longevity?
 
The answer may well be explained by understanding a concept called Neurological Levels.
 
Neurological levels were developed by anthropologist Gregory Bateson and advanced by professors at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
 
The concept is that the level at which you operate in relation to your career, may well determine your flexibility, and willingness and capability to adapt, and ultimately to achieve a successful, long-term technical or management career.
 
In the this ACEmentoring tele-seminar I discuss neurological levels and their impact on your career. And I give you insight into how to use your neurological level information to gain flexibility and career success as well as how to manage, lead, and influence people successfully.
 
If you want a long-term and successful technical and/or management career, this ACEmentoring tele-seminar will take you a long way to getting there.
 
Duration: 60 minutes. 
Click here to listen to or download the audio file of “How neurological levels can affect your career success.”
Format/Size: m4a/121MB
 
PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
Click here to view or download the PowerPoint/PDF file “How neurological levels can affect your career success.”
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Format/Size: PDF/14MB