From Engineer to Manager Mastering the Transition

ISBN-10: 1580530044
ISBN-13: 9781580530040
Edition: 2002
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Description: Based upon the author's own experiences in industry this book is about the transition from engineering to management. Most engineers enter and spend the greater part of their careers in management but few books deal with this phenomenon.

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Book details

List price: $119.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Artech House, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Based upon the author's own experiences in industry this book is about the transition from engineering to management. Most engineers enter and spend the greater part of their careers in management but few books deal with this phenomenon.

B. Michael Aucoin received his D. Engineering in engineering management, and his M. Engineering in electrical engineering at Texas A&M University. His B.S. in engineering science was earned and conferred by the University of New Orleans. Aucoin is president of Electrical Expert, Inc.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Beginning the Journey
Sources of the Problem
Describing the Transition
Becoming More Social and Human
Playing by New Rules
Success Principles for the Transition
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Mastering Relationships
Business Is About People
Encountering New Challenges in the Transition
It Is Not About Technology
Nor Is It About the Money
Relationships Define Business
The Lengthy List of Credits
Your Network
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Why Do People Make Things So Difficult?
Personality Types
A System for Personality Types
Human Idiosyncrasies
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
The Paradox of Control
The Hawthorne Studies
Develop the "Y" Mindset
Facilitate Ownership
Delegate Effectively
Exercise Influence: Control in Collaboration
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Everything Depends on the Customer
The Good, the Bad, and the Mediocre
Developing Loyalty
Developing a Customer Orientation
Understanding My Customers
Customers and the Technology Adoption Life Cycle
Pleasing Customers
Be Genuine
Transforming the Customer Relationship
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Leading with Confidence
Dispel the Myths and Become a Leader
Leading Through Change
Growing as a Leader
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Conflict Is Inevitable, Get over It
Have the Right Attitude About Conflict
Conflict of Ideas
Conflict of Emotion
Responses to Conflict
Tools for Conflict Resolution
Resources
Closure: Perspective on Conflict
References
Selected Bibliography
The Joy of Politics
Myths About Politics
Approaches to Politics
Foundations of Political Play
Alliances
Homework and Groundwork
It Is About the Relationship
The Hidden Organization
Competition
Sources of Power
Politics Is Used for Protection and Advancement
Becoming an Effective Practitioner
Avoiding Missteps
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Seeing the Big Picture
Now You're in Business
The Ins and Outs of a Business
The Fuel for the Organization
Investment: Priming the Pump
Budgeting: Where Is the Fuel Used?
Keeping Score
Financial Statements
Cash Flow
Key Metrics
Opportunity Costs
Financial Management for Projects
Maintaining the Fuel Supply
Sharing Financial Information
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Planning: Journey into the Unknown
The Journey of Discovery: Systematic Experimentation
Safe at Home
Establishing Colonies and Managing Knowledge
Extensive Observation and Constant Adjustment
The Big Picture ... and What to Do Next
Plans and Journeys Are Experiments
Getting Close: Hitting the Box
Seeing and Feeling the Destination
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Putting the Pieces Together
Find All the Pieces
Don't Solve This Puzzle!
Envision the Solutions
Place the Corners and Sides
Prominent Themes: The Significant Few
Intelligence Gathering
Experimentation Is Required
Filling in the Organizational Puzzle
Communicate to Integrate
The Finish Line
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Embracing Opportunities
Missed Opportunities
Resisting Change
Fear of Failure
Sitting on a Lead
Fighting Fires
Attitudes Toward Opportunity
Organizational Culture
Take a Risk, But Do Not Be Risky
Creative Thinking
Making Opportunity a Reality
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Getting Things Done
From Chaos to Order: The Project
What Is a Project?
Need for Formality
Experimenting with Projects
It Is Time to Get a Life (Cycle)
Project Planning
Planning Well
The Process of Planning
Formalizing the Contract
Scope Creep
Controlling the Project
Financial Management for Projects
Other Keys to Project Success
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Hitting from the Rough: When Things Go Wrong
Introduction to Risk
Organizational Barriers
Elements of Risk Management
Risk Identification
Risk Evaluation
Risk Strategies
Risk Management Actions
Planning for Surprises: Training and Improvisation
Crisis Management
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Communicating Effectively
The Communication Clearinghouse (You)
Components of Communication
Encoding
Corruption from the Channel
Decoding
Emotional Content
Body Language
The Recipient Is the Customer
Qualities of Communication Types
Improving Communication
The Payoff of Preparation
Closure
Selected Bibliography
Make Your Point Effectively
Making Your Point: The Building Blocks
Appreciate the Audience
Establish Mind Share
Deliver Simply and Clearly
Prompt the Change
Be Human
What Is the Story?
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Using Assets Wisely
The Balancing Act: Managing Tradeoffs
The Organizational Delusion
The Core Tradeoffs
The Value Point
Statements of Belief and Purpose
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Time Is on Your Side
Attitudes Toward Time
Priorities and Payoffs
Identification of Current Priorities: The Time Log
The Trip Plan
Reflection: Converting Priorities and Objectives into Action
A Simple Program for Success
Meetings: Group Time Management
Issues in Priority Management
Closure
Reference
Selected Bibliography
Work Those Assets!
The Function of Resources
Playing Politics with Resources
Alignment with the Agenda
Starting Out
Be a Skillful Player
Leverage Your Asset Base
Knowledge Management
Budgets
Maintain Integrity
Attracting Great People
Relationships
Closure
Selected Bibliography
Mobilizing the Troops
What Causes Poor Motivation?
"You Can't Make Me"
Will Compensation Motivate?
Motivation and Meaning
The Red, White, and Blue Out
The Motivation to Work
Group Motivation
Battle the Bureaucracy
Job Security
A Healthy and Fun Environment
Creative and Valuable Play
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Charity Begins at Home
Conquering Stress
Just Say No ... Maybe
Take Care of Your Body
Take Care of Life Outside Work
Care for the Team ... Carefully
Care for the Heart and Soul
Perspective and Priorities
Calm Confidence
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Taking It to the Next Level
It Is Only Natural: Faster, Better, Cheaper
Resolving the Dilemma
Change Must Be for the Better
Pushing the Envelope Prudently
The Blessing and Curse of Specialization
Find the Bottleneck
Constraints Management
Other Approaches
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
High-Octane Teams: Can You Stand the Fun?
The Lab
Groups That Achieve
Following the Vision
Removing Unnecessary Rules and Micromanagement
Play with a Purpose
The Most Important Person
Skunk Works: Made for the High-Octane Team
Experience with Digital Feeder Monitor Design
Nurturing Greatness
Closure
References
Selected Bibliography
Tending the Garden: Growing as a Manager
The Six Principles
Keeping Our Brains Engaged
The Lure of the Silver Bullet
Humanizing a Business
What Is Old Is New
Closure: Becoming a Better Manager
References
About the Author
Index

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