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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

5 tips to create clear and concise reports

“The most common mistake engineers make is that they approach writing as a single activity or task, and not a process. Writing needs to be done in stages.”
Thursday, 11 May 2017

Advancing women equals advancing engineering

In all industries, diversity is undeniably a key factor in making advancements, creating unique innovations and improving general productivity levels, and engineering is no different.
Friday, 18 November 2016

Are you communicating like a leader?

In today’s environment, the importance of effective communication skills in influencing others with technical expertise and in becoming a leader cannot be understated.
Thursday, 25 August 2016

Great communication is the first step to becoming a leader

While the core occupational competencies of engineers are inherently technical, exceptional soft skills, especially in communication, greatly benefit engineering professionals and their organisation. Conversely, poor communication skills can impede the prospects of both the individual and organisations.
Thursday, 28 July 2016

5 key skills for transforming technical staff into effective leaders

While engineers often rise to management positions on the basis of their technical ability, this career route often leaves them with insufficient time to acquire the key skills needed to assume leadership roles effectively.
Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Sustainability: a success measure of infrastructure projects

Project success measures have recently been broadened to incorporate sustainability (e.g. economic, social and environmental measures) over the life of a project. Previously this was restricted to economic outcomes or time, cost, quality and functionality outputs. Today, sustainability and outstanding project outcomes are synonymous, and the sponsors’ role at the start of a project is critical in achieving leading sustainability.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Eureka moments in thought leadership

I’ve had one great Eureka moment in my life, sitting in a hotel room overlooking the steaming geysers in Rotorua, New Zealand. In just a few minutes I envisaged the model underlying my PhD thesis, a neat 2x2 matrix that brought together multiple lines of inquiry I had been pursuing for over a year. Ever since then, I’ve been fascinated by the what I called the Eureka process – a way of conceptualising a powerful idea based on deep knowledge and presenting it in an explanatory way that really inspires and engages an audience. Today, this is called thought leadership.
Thursday, 17 March 2016

Analysing how we communicate

Halfway into the presentation, a particularly talented engineer began to sense he was losing the audience. Eyes were glazing and whispered conversations were starting in the back rows. Thinking that the lack of interest was because they simply didn’t understand the core point of the presentation, this engineer paused, then launched into a detailed explanation of the theory underlying his proposition. People began to walk out.
Thursday, 18 February 2016

Satisfy your legal obligations under the new Work Health and Safety Act

In Australia there has been a paradigm shift in the way safety risk management is conducted. The new Work Health & Safety Act has replaced the old approach typified by the Risk Management standard, AS/NZS ISO 31000.
Monday, 01 February 2016

Leadership is key to good asset management

Jim Kennedy, lead advisor of the Asset Management Council and director of the Asset Management College, says that leadership is the key to the successful management of assets by engineering firms.