Build the Plane as You Are Going Down The Runway

Taking Flight! Recently, I resigned from my position as director of engineering for a global company. Several people thought I was crazy because I decided to open my own engineering firm. However, I have been encouraged and helped by some great friends. Several of them have been wonderful enough to go out of their way […]

Entrepreneurship

Free Falling Into Entrepreneurship

A brand new start! I’m running off the cliff, pulling the cord, and free falling into entrepreneurship. I’m exhilarated, thrilled, and frightened to death. I can only pray that I hit the ground with my feet under me. I’ve made the decision to start my own company. After all, I’ve been designing and constructing for […]

Advice for New Engineers

Advice for the next generation of engineers I’m passionate about helping young engineers, especially women, navigate their career path. I do this several different ways: mentoring, hiring interns and co-ops, and blogging. I’m often asked, “What is most important thing I should do?” The answer is always getting a good technical base. Think about your […]

How to Maximize Return on Relationship

ROR can lead to better ROI The term Return on Relationship (ROR) has been around for a decade, but many people still do not understand what it means. It is probably the most valuable thing within your organization for improving your return on investment, so it’s time to start capitalizing on it. Use your network […]

Lessons

Coaching in the Workplace

Coach ’em up! A friend of mine named Wendy married her husband in part because of his locker room pep talks.  He is a football coach and perfected the ability to motivate his team with just a few words.  He often used this special skill on their kids. In this article, I’ll go over some […]

The Problem with the “Inner” Problem Solver

Lessons Learned A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend company mandated management training. Any training that is “Company Mandated”, for many of us, might generate a vision of boring, non relevant, check-the-box training. While I do not consider myself a pessimist, being prior military, I have gone through many such “company mandated” […]

Equal Pay Day

Equal Pay Day Depending on where you live, today is Equal Pay Day.  The actual date differs by country each year because it symbolized how far into the year a woman must work to earn what a man earned the previous year. I can personally say that I have never experienced a 20-25% pay gap […]