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The Trouble With Toilet Paper

Why the subject of toilet paper you ask? Well, mid-way through my time at my previous employer, someone in management or purchasing thought to themselves, “Hmm. How can we save some money on our lavatory expenses?  Obviously having the clean bathrooms cleaned less frequently is not an option, nor is perhaps having the lights shut off when […]

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How To Get Your Ideas Heard

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In my prior post, I discuss some reasons and guidance on what to do if no lower level employees’ ideas get heard.  Not always is it a systemic issue, however, and I would argue that more often than not, it’s YOUR ideas that don’t get heard. Related Posts:Project […]

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Overzealous Project Managers: Problems and Solutions

Podcast: Play in new window | Download I have worked on many projects in my time as an engineer, and in that time, I have discovered that the project manager tends to be one of the lesser liked roles in the project team.  In my previous post, I discuss the reasons why project managers are […]

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Why Engineers and Managers Can’t Communicate

Hopefully, you have already read A Manager’s Focus and An Engineer’s Focus.  If not, I encourage you to do so, because the purpose of this post is to discuss why it is that engineers and managers tend to have difficulty communicating.  In fact, many times, while watching communication happening during meetings, it is fascinating to […]

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An Engineer’s Focus

Engineers (of all types) are logical, analytical, and overly detail-oriented individuals.  Because of this, their focus lies in the project on which they are working.  Ok, everyone knows that, but the more interesting facet is that engineers see the world in a completely different way.  Of course, they are fully aware of the future customer, […]

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A Manager’s Focus

In the world of business, you can look at required tasks several different ways. At the largest scale, you can look at how a company’s stock price fluctuates with organizational decisions, ROI, Resource management and supplier/customer relations.  Each area you turn to, there are many different components which aggregate into the whole.  You can keep […]

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