Leadership

Career Perspective: Growing Into an Engineering Manager

by Wayne Keller March 29, 2016

Engineers are a peculiar bunch, there’s no doubt. (I can say that because I am one.) We see the world in a different light, deconstructing everyday existence into the parts and pieces that make it tick, and then putting it all back together in search of new, innovative ways to make things work. It’s a […]

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What It Takes to be a Project Manager

by Jordan Ott July 9, 2015

Project manager — the title alone sounds a bit intimidating. Juggling multiple projects at once, managing schedules and budgets, carrying responsibility for the outcome. It may not be an easy job, but it’s a fulfilling one. Project managers handle a wide variety of efforts related to a project’s successful delivery. But what exactly do they […]

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Why Engineers Make Great Leaders

by The Burns & McDonnell Careers Team January 14, 2015

We often discuss the potential for career success that comes with earning an engineering degree, but what about the potential for becoming a successful leader? The Harvard Business Review (HBR) recently conducted a study examining the attributes of the Best-Performing CEOs in the World, and we’re not surprised to find engineers rounding out the top […]

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Emerging Leaders Alliance Trains the Engineering Managers of the Future

by The Burns & McDonnell Careers Team March 19, 2014

Our educational system is adept at equipping students with the required technical skills for a career in engineering, but student preparation for leadership roles may be inadequate. Add in the fact that although many large corporations have traditionally provided leadership training programs, most small to medium businesses may lack the resources to do so; this […]

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Advice for New Managers: Clarify, Collaborate, Communicate

by The Burns & McDonnell Careers Team December 4, 2013

Becoming a manager or leader for the first time can be an exciting challenge, but it can also be a daunting experience. Taking on more responsibility and being accountable for the performance of a team can make new managers apprehensive and uncertain about their ability to assume the mantle of leadership. Rest assured, you don’t […]

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