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169: The 4 Keys to Selling Your Ideas to Upper Management

169: The 4 Keys to Selling Your Ideas to Upper Management

In this episode, I dive into the crucial skills of selling ideas effectively within the engineering field, a skill often overlooked but immensely valuable for career advancement.

We often have brilliant ideas that could significantly benefit our companies, but without the right influence and sales tactics, these ideas can falter at the execution stage. I share insights from a recent coaching session where we addressed these challenges, focusing on increasing both the intrinsic and perceived value of your proposals to upper management.

Drawing from real-world examples and sales principles, I outline strategic approaches to enhance your persuasiveness and ensure your innovative ideas get the support they deserve.

So press play and let’s chat about transforming your technical skills into influential salesmanship!

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161: How Asking an Obvious Question Made Me $30K in One Day

161: How Asking an Obvious Question Made Me $30K in One Day

In this episode, I recount a pivotal moment in my career journey as a lead engineer at Whirlpool Corporation, where I sought to elevate my performance rating.

Through a simple yet profound question to my boss, I unearthed the key to exceptional results: cross-functional impact.

By collaborating with colleagues and leveraging technology, I devised a solution that streamlined communication between departments, ultimately earning me a top performance rating and a significant bonus—all within eight hours of work.

This narrative underscores the power of asking the right questions and embracing innovative approaches to stand out in one’s career.

Join me as I delve into the transformative impact of asking obvious yet potent questions and how it can propel you towards unparalleled success.

So press play and let’s chat about unlocking extraordinary results through the art of questioning.

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157: Learn to Say More with Less Words | Executive Communication

157: Learn to Say More with Less Words | Executive Communication

In this episode, I reflect on a recent coaching session with an engineering leader named David, who struggled to articulate his career challenges concisely.

I share how, despite his impressive background, David’s long-winded communication hindered his progress. From experiences like this, I’ve learned the critical importance of clear and concise communication in career advancement.

I delve into how engineers, like myself, often fall into the trap of verbosity, but mastering concise communication is essential for success. Whether it’s in emails or conversations, brevity saves time and fosters clarity. By adopting this habit, engineers can project authority, autonomy, and decisiveness, crucial qualities for effective leadership.

Join me as I discuss the power of concise communication and its transformative impact on career growth.

So press play and let’s chat about leveling up your communication game!

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151: Forget Work-Life Balance If You Want to Be Happy | Master the Wheel of Life

151: Forget Work-Life Balance If You Want to Be Happy | Master the Wheel of Life

In this episode, we dive into the crucial concept of whole life balance, challenging the traditional notion of work-life balance.

The centerpiece of this episode is the Wheel of Life, a powerful tool for assessing satisfaction in eight key areas, including body, finances, relationships, mindset, and vocation. I guide you through the process of scoring each domain and emphasize the importance of taking small, specific actions to improve each area gradually.

The episode concludes with an actionable plan to prioritize and address the areas that need attention the most. Don’t miss the chance to grab the accompanying workbook and embark on your journey toward whole life balance.

So press play and let’s chat about transforming your life one wheel at a time.

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144: Why Not All Readers are Leaders | 3 Big Mistakes Engineers Make in the Habit of Reading Books

144: Why Not All Readers are Leaders | 3 Big Mistakes Engineers Make in the Habit of Reading Books

In this episode, I explore three mistakes in my reading journey, from juggling too many books to setting arbitrary yearly reading goals.

I advocate for a shift towards intentional reading, focusing on quality over quantity and emphasizing the importance of applying knowledge. I discuss the pitfall of passive action and encourage listeners to prioritize real-life implementation.

As a bonus, I share a curated list of nearly 100 influential books from my personal library.

So, press play and let’s chat about transforming your reading habits for meaningful personal and professional growth.

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142: Special Thanks and Special Announcement You Don’t Want to Miss

142: Special Thanks and Special Announcement You Don’t Want to Miss

In this episode, meet the VP of Engineering at Freeosk, Megan Ford.

Now a female engineering executive, her career path was a winding road and ups, downs and lots of challenges. But she held on to a core belief that you must keep an open mind, ask lots of questions, and be willing to make decisions.

Megan shares how self doubt can be really loud when facing a big transition, and you suddenly feel like you have to learn everything all over again. You might also be surprised to hear that Megan, a top performer, was let go.

That was something she never expected to face in her career. But it happens and it is 1000% ok.

We dig into the reality of career building: Not every job, role, boss, is going to be a good fit. Reflect and move on.

And if you’re a woman in engineering, this conversation will be doubly encouraging.

Megan loves the outdoors as everything is better outside, and coffee, because everything is better with coffee also.

So press play and let’s chat… the path for your career growth begins now!

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