From Engineer to Manager: Mastering the Transition

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Artech House, Jan 1, 2002 - Business & Economics - 335 pages
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This is the book for engineers looking for help in making a smooth transition to the management team. The author's 20-plus year perspective indicates that, while most engineers will spend the majority of their careers as managers, most are dissatisfied with the transition. Much of this frustration is the result of lack of preparation and training. This book provides a solid grounding in the critical attitudes and principles needed for success.

New managers are taught to internalize the attitudes and master the associated skills to excel in, and be satisfied with the transition to management. The book explains how to communicate more effectively and improve relationships with colleagues. Professionals learn how to use their newly acquired skills to solve immediate problems. Moreover, they are shown how to apply six fundamental principles to their on-going work with engineering teams and management.

  

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Contents

Mastering Relationships
11
Business Is About People
13
Why Do People Make Things So Difficult?
23
The Paradox of Control
33
Everything Depends on the Customer
45
References
58
Closure
72
Perspective on Conflict
84
When Things Go Wrong
177
Communicating Effectively
191
Make Your Point Effectively
205
Using Assets Wisely
217
Time is on Your Side
231
Work Those Assets
243
Mobilizing the Troops
255
The Motivation to Work
261

Avoiding Missteps
97
Key Metrics
110
Journey into the Unknown
117
Putting the Pieces Together
129
Embracing Opportunities
141
Getting Things Done
153
A Healthy and Fun Environment
267
Calm Confidence
281
Other Approaches
294
Growing as a Manager
311
About the Author
323
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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.

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