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ACEmentoring Webinars/Podcasts so far?”
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All completed ACE Webinars/Podcasts titles and some descriptions are listed below. The most recent is at the top.

Here is a quick look at the titles and if you would like more information regarding some of the titles just scroll down to read an expanded explanation of the content of some of the webinars/podcasts. (However, all the titles are available only to Premium members.)



ACEmentoring#30
Topic: “How To Be A Fully Integrated Engineer”

ACEmentoring#29
Topic: “How To Motivate Your Team”

ACEmentoring#28
Topic: “How To Build Teams”

ACEmentoring#27
Topic: “Delivering Constructive Feedback”

ACEmentoring #24 and #25 and #26
Topic: “Eight Important Career Questions… Answered.

ACEmentoring #23
Topic: “How To Facilitate A Collaborative Negotiation”

ACEmentoring #22
Topic: “How to be a Program Manager”

ACEmentoring #21
Topic: “On-the-Job-Training Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be”

ACEmentoring #20
Topic: “How To Navigate Your Engineering Career”

ACEmentoring #19
Topic: “Servant Leadership: What is it and when to use it.”

ACEmentoring #18
Topic: “How To Say ‘No’ Without Damaging Your Career.”

ACEmentoring #17
Topic: “How To Influence and Convince Others, Respectfully, Elegantly, and Effectively.”

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

ACEmentoring #15
Topic: “How to Ask For a Raise, a Promotion, a Transfer, a Job”

ACEmentoring #14
Topic: “How to Make and Fulfill Your New Year Career Resolutions”

ACEmentoring #13
Topic: “How to Make the Mental Shift for Long-Term Career Success”

ACEmentoring #12
Topic: “How to Stop Procrastinating At Work” (and in your personal life as well)

ACEmentoring #11
Topic: “The Six Major Challenges Facing New Technical Managers”

ACEmentoring #10
Topic: “How To Deliver Constructive Criticism and Other Important Conversations”

ACEmentoring #9
Topic: “The Six Functions of the Successful Manager and Leader”

ACEmentoring #8
Topic: “Beliefs: How To Get Out Of Your Own Way”

ACEmentoring #7
Topic: “Engineer to Leader: Managing Your Career Life-Cycle”

ACEmentoring #6
Topic: “Engineer to Leader: Dealing With Human Resources To Get the Job”

ACEmentoring #5
Topic: “How To Calibrate Human Communication Signals”

ACEmentoring #4
Topic: “Avoiding Micromanagement-Part 2 of 2”

ACEmentoring #3
Topic: “Avoiding Micromanagement-Part 1 of 2”

ACEmentoring #2
Topic: “Interviewing”

ACEmentoring #1
Topic: “Controlling Expectations”





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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



ACEmentoring #15
Topic: “How to Ask For a Raise, a Promotion, a Transfer, a Job”
 
Description
You have probably wished for the ability to ask for a promotion, a raise, a transfer, or perhaps the chance to interview for a newly open position and do it in a way that ensured your success.
 
Whether you are interviewing to join a company, asking for a raise, vying for a promotion, or asking for a transfer to another department, the process by which you approach and ask for these new opportunities can often determine success or failure.
 
Is there a best way to ask for that new position? Is there a way that ensures you will get that raise when you ask for it? Is there a way to successfully ask for a newly available position that you and several others in the organization are competing for?
 
The answer is a resounding yes. And in this month’s ACEmentoring tele-seminar I will explain to you how to do it. I will give you the secrets that will ensure that whether you are:
 
• Interviewing for a new job
• Asking for a raise
• Asking for a promotion
• Competing for an newly open position
• Asking for a departmental transfer
 
… you will have the odds in your favor.



ACEmentoring #14
Topic: “How to Make and Fulfill Your New Year Career Resolutions”
 
Description
 
Many people have a difficult time making changes, including making changes in their careers. This is the time of the year when people take stock of the past year and attempt to pick a new direction for the coming year, or at the very least, make some changes for the better. And so, “new years’ resolutions” are common but the challenge is that most resolutions never show up as reality.
 
In this posting, I give you tools to make your resolutions come true. I give you the tools to turn the next year into the career year that you want.



ACEmentoring #13
Topic: “How to Make the Mental Shift for Long-Term Career Success”
 
Description
Is it mental?
 
Yes!
 
Everyone talks about what to do to be successful in your technical career. Even I talk about what “to do”. But there is plenty of information regarding what to do to be successful in your technical career. And yet, not everyone, or maybe even not many, do what is necessary to be successful.
 
So what is the issue? Knowledge, for a lot of people, is not the issue. Wo what is it?
 
It is the mental map that people hold that either propels them toward the success they desire or the mental map that keeps them stuck in the process that guarantees that they will not achieve their goals.
 
As simple as that sounds, that your mental maps hold the key to your success or your frustration, that is it. Change your mental maps and you change the trajectory of your career. Change your mental maps and life can become easier.
 
In this tele-seminar you will learn how to change your mental maps so the “doing” that you know you ought to do will be a no-brainer. This tele-seminar will show you how to understand your current mental maps, what mental maps you need, and how to change your current mental maps to achieve the success and goals you want.



ACEmentoring #12
Topic: “How to Stop Procrastinating At Work” (and in your personal life as well)
 
Description
Do you procrastinate?
 
Yes, you probably do.
 
Everyone does to some extent I think. We all have those certain things that we do not like to do and so we put them off.
 
When it comes to work…
 
1. Do you avoid talking to a specific person?
2. Do you avoid doing a certain task?
3. Do you avoid doing the non-technical work?
4. Do you avoid filling out your weekly reports?
 
What do you delay doing because you really do not want to do it, even though you know that you need to, and should do, and ultimately will have to, grudgingly?
 
Well, this is what we call procrastination and if we could avoid it our lives would go much more smoothly.
 
Would you like to avoid procrastination? Would you like to proactively take on those tasks that you really do not want to do but know you will have to, and you might as well feel OK about them and just get it done?
 
Well, that is what this ACE mentoring tele-seminar is all about. I am going to show you how to avoid procrastination completely for those tasks that you choose to.
 
Now you must understand that this will not be your typical “How to avoid procrastination” information. There are plenty of ways people have attempted to avoid procrastination, most to little effect.
 
What I share with you is information that you probably have not heard about before. But I know it works because I have used it myself many times with great results.
 



ACEmentoring #11
Topic: “The Six Major Challenges Facing New Technical Managers”
 
Description
Making the transition from engineer to lead to manager can be a real challenge. It is important to know and understand what the typical challenges are the keep technical people from becoming good managers.
 
In this call I will present six of the major challenges that face engineers, scientists, and technologists as they move into a lead or management role.
 



ACEmentoring #10
Topic: “How To Deliver Constructive Criticism and Other Important Conversations”
 
Description
There are times when we just have to deliver a message that is not really all that positive. We want someone to change their behavior and we want to ask them or tell them to do things differently.
 
It does not just happen when you are a manager or supervisor or leader. Certainly if you have responsibility of the work of others your conversations are not always going to be positive. However, there may well be times that you want to tell a colleague to do something differently. There may be times when you want a colleague to treat you differently and it is going to be an awkward conversation.
 
There are plenty of conversations in everyday work that are awkward, difficult, and sensitive. These are conversations that we often avoid but we do so at our own peril.
 
Having these difficult conversations is very important and in this tele-seminar, Steven will show you how to have these sensitive, often awkward conversations in a way that makes them a positive process. In fact, the information you will receive from this tele-seminar will allow you to have difficult conversations in a way that actually will make them a positive process.
 
This tele-seminar will give you the tools to have those sensitive conversations and make things happen in a positive way.
 
If you are interested in understanding what you can do to elegantly have a difficult conversation, then I highly urge you to either listen to this tele-seminar.



ACEmentoring #9
Topic: “The Six Functions of the Successful Manager and Leader”
 
Description
Everyone wants to be a leader. But first we are given the job of manager. Is there a difference in what a manager does when compared to a leader?
 
I don’t mean in grand, fluffy terms. I mean in useful, concrete advice. What are the tasks of a manger when compared to a leader? How does a manager behave compared to a leader?
 
In this ACEmentoring call Steven discussed the specific functions that all managers and leaders have to do to be successful and then the differences in the tasks that managers and leaders perform in order to accomplish those functions.
 
If you are interested in understanding what you have to do to be a successful manger or leader then listen to this tele-seminar to understand the responsibilities of each.



ACEmentoring #8
Topic: “Beliefs: How To Get Out Of Your Own Way”
 
Description
Beliefs may be a topic that engineers, scientists, and technologists seldom associate with career success, but in reality, beliefs determine much of our success or failure in life.
 
Though considered an esoteric concept, beliefs can be understood and changed to assist you in developing a powerful, successful, and happy career.
 
In this ACEmentoring tele-seminar, Steven will show you how to determine your beliefs, those that support your success as well as hinder it. And he will show you how to change those beliefs that are getting in the way of your success.
 



ACEmentoring #7
Topic: “Engineer to Leader: Managing Your Career Life-Cycle”
 
Description
Your technical career will advance through stages, beginning with Individual Contributor.
Your organization, your company, your manager will then ask you and push you to contribute more than just your technical competence. And so it will go, through various stages that are more or less predictable.
 
The stages your career will pass through can be in your control or in the control of others. You have several major question to answer regarding your career:
 
1. “Will you control those stages our will the external environment buffet you and your career?”
 
2. “Will you decide how you want your career to evolve your will you be a victim of the choices others make?”
 
This ACEmentoring tele-seminar will show you how to take control of your career, long-term, and create the career you truly want.
 



ACEmentoring #6
Topic: “Engineer to Leader: Dealing With Human Resources To Get the Job”
 
Description
By special request, I have put together an ACEmentoring teleseminar on your career and the Human Resources department of your company. That is, as your career progresses from Engineer to Leader, what is the role of the Human Resources department in your success or not?
 
From the moment you apply for a job to the time your retire or quit or get fired or laid off, the Human Resources Department will be by your side in some fashion. How can you interact with and use the Human Resources function to advance your career and ensure a successful, long-term technical career? Or how can you interact successfully with Human Resources to get the job you apply for or get the promotion you want?
 
This teleseminar will take you through the Human Resources function from start-ups to large corporations from the time you apply for the job to the time you leave the organization.
 
While everyone has to interact with Human Resources, not many people talk about the best way to do that. This teleseminar will give you the insight to be successful throughout your career and enlighten you as to the role of HR in your success.
 



ACEmentoring #5
Topic: “How To Calibrate Human Communication Signals”
 
Description
Have you ever been in a meeting with a customer or a colleague, someone you don’t know all that well, and they have an expression on their face that you interpret as “They are angry”? You are certain that they are upset, maybe at you, or maybe at something else entirely. But it throws you off. You don’t know what to do. And sometime later it dawns on you that they are not upset at all. That is just the way they look. Whew!
 
But you wasted a lot of time and energy before you figured out what their look really meant. You wasted a lot of time and energy before you were able to “Calibrate” the meaning of their expression. How to be more effective and rapid at calibrating people’s non-verbal communication cues is what this teleseminar is all about.
 



ACEmentoring #4
Topic: “Avoiding Micromanagement-Part 2 of 2”
 
Description
Everyone wants to avoid micromanagement. The engineer, scientist, or technologist, the individual contributor, they all want to avoid being micromanaged. And the manager wants to avoid being perceived as a micromanager. It seems to be an age-old concern. But is micromanagement really a “necessary evil”. The answer is a resounding “no”. Micromanagement is easy to avoid whether you are an individual contributor or a manager.
 
In this ACEmentoring recorded teleseminar, Steven will explain how micromanagement can easily be avoided and how to take the lead in diffusing the possibility of being micromanaged or being a micromanager. This teleseminar will make a significant difference in your career.
 



ACEmentoring #3
Topic: “Avoiding Micromanagement-Part 1 of 2”
 
Description
Everyone wants to avoid micromanagement. The engineer, scientist, or technologist, the individual contributor, they all want to avoid being micromanaged. And the manager wants to avoid being perceived as a micromanager. It seems to be an age-old concern. But is micromanagement really a “necessary evil”. The answer is a resounding “no”. Micromanagement is easy to avoid whether you are an individual contributor or a manager.
 
In this ACEmentoring recorded teleseminar, Steven will explain how micromanagement can easily be avoided and how to take the lead in diffusing the possibility of being micromanaged or being a micromanager. This teleseminar will make a significant difference in your career.
 



ACEmentoring #2
Topic: “Interviewing”
 
Description
Whether you are being interviewed or you are conducting an interview, there are specific tools and approaches which will result in a most effective outcome. The tools and processes presented in this ACEmentoring Teleseminar will provide you with the most effective interview process. However, these tools are not limited to interviews. Requirements definition, task development, schedule and budget negotiations… all these are basically… interviews. This teleseminar will have far-reaching impact.
 



ACEmentoring #1
Topic: “Controlling Expectations”
 
Description
Whether you are being assigned a task or you are assigning a task to someone else, ensuring that what is delivered is what is expected can save time, money, and your reputation. In this ACEmentoring tele-seminar, Steven presents tools to allow the control of expectations so that what is delivered is what was expected.