Eng 98 Notes

Eng 98 Notes - Eng 98 Notes In school you learn from facts...

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Eng 98 Notes - In school you learn from facts and skills - But careers are built on experiences o What you learn by being curious about things that may seem, at the time, unimportant o What you learn from doing things o What you learn from the people with whom you do them - You learn more from mistakes than from successes - Rarely is a successful career a straight line o Random vs. planned opportunity o Multiple discipline changes o Failures o Mentors (you don’t choose mentors, they choose you; maintain relationships as easy as sending an email to old classmates every 3 months) o Risk taking - Careers rely on ones ability to master interpersonal skills: o Multi-discipline collaboration on teams o Leadership o Communication o Process - If you want to progress faster, fill vacuums; volunteer o Bosses don’t know who can get the job done; so just show it as much as possible - If you want to succeed repeatedly share recognition - If boss assigns “more work than humanly possible” you become your own manager
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o Map out how much time you need for certain projects, tell him you don’t have enough time and it should be spread out o That way the job gets done correctly still; win-win - For managers, remove road blocks to let others succeed and require no recognition - In making work and career decisions you can’t escape the personal and social factors – yours and your coworkers/ teammates - The most valuable member of the team is the one who is able to get the team to be more than the sum of its parts (no one has all the answers) - The most successful engineers are not experts; teams hire experts when they need them - Develop the confidence and the courage to take opportunities when they are presented - You can recover from errors and mistakes; it is much harder (if not impossible) to recover from unethical behavior o Lying; cheating; covering up - Engineers are very good at rationalizing o Particularly to non-technical people o Don’t do it – its unethical - Population demand will drive most of the problems/ projects in your career o Food Consumption – water consumption – oil Group Projects and Teams - Teams coalesce and develop in phases o Mixer phase Nobody knows each other before put together Testing, play it safe, unwillingness to commit, differences are hidden or played down o Group of individuals phase Perform as individuals, don’t support each other, conflicts are unresolved, people stake and protect their turf, differences are recognized but avoided
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o Relationship phase Members start to sort out roles and skills Team sets goals and adopts procedures Relate to one another (interpersonal=important) o Collaborative Members support each other and provide coverage Clear and direct communication Conflict is quickly resolved Differences are highly valued Teamwork Skills - Interpersonal: o Tap collective knowledge, expertise and ideas; personal and
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Eng 98 Notes - Eng 98 Notes In school you learn from facts...

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