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How Collaboration Increases Utilization, Efficiency, and Profitability

This article is the first of a three-part series of how collaboration, critical thinking, and communication are essential success enabling skills for high-performing engineering firms. While taking a sustainable business practices class in my masters studies, an expert in systems management and processing, who specialized in defense industry contracting, visited our class to give a…

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Engineers Need Project Management Skills

In this article, Christian Knutson, PE, explains why “successful engineering projects rely more on non-technical skills than technical skills.” Mr. Knutson also reveals the positive outcomes for you and your organization when strong project management skills are developed and implemented. This article is an excellent read for engineering practitioners and organizations who seek to improve…

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Want to Make Your Engineering Firm More Profitable? Focus on Your People!

This article reveals why a hyper-economic and results-based focus hamstrings engineering firms with high turnover and low productivity, and what you can do to increase engagement, improve retention, and significantly increase operational profits. You know the mantra; higher profitability is the result of reducing expenses and increasing efficiency! Let’s break down this hyper-economic and results-based…

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How to Advance Your Engineering Career

This article explains the essential skills Engineering employers value most, yet have the hardest time finding in candidates and their own workforce. Read this article to learn what those skills are, and how you can easily and affordably get those skills to boost your Engineering career.  Rule 1: Engineers need Soft-Skills According to Daniel Goldman,…

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The Big Issue for Engineers

What’s the biggest issue standing in the way of your Engineering career success and the future of the Engineering industry? This article explains the issue and what you can do to advance your career and the industry. The Big Issue The big issue for the Engineering industry is not whether “liberal arts” are required in…

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PDX Guest Blog – How to Master Second-Curve Thinking and Career Success

Will fast-changing economic cycles impact your future working career? You bet!  Predictions tell us that the nature of work will be forever changing, and more people will have portfolio careers in their working lives. But, learning new skills to deal with rapid change cycles, transforming your mindset and embracing life-long learning journey will get you…

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Do Your Employees Trust You?

Recent studies show trust in the workplace is becoming harder and harder to come by – proving difficult for leaders and employees alike.  For example, these studies show less than 50% of lower-level employees trust the companies they work for.  Moreover, the percent of CEOs concerned about a lack of trust in business and how that…

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You Are More Than You Think – A Practical Guide to Finding the Authentic Self

Among the plethora of self-improvement books on the market today, Andrew Jenkins’ book You Are More Than You Think crafts a unique and practical approach to rediscovering your authentic self, or rather, who you are and what you want. With a conversational tone, Jenkins effectively combines relevant research and personal experience, then provides practical tools to integrate his practices…

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Great at Work AND Great to Work With

Can you be both a highly productive employee and be an employee that everyone loves to work with? Is it possible to be both great at your work and be great to work with? Being great at work simply means working smarter – maximizing the value of your work by prioritizing select activities and applying targeted effort…

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The Risk of Hidden Expectations

Organizational charters, mission statements, and strategic plans – a few of the many tools organizations use to communicate their values and goals to their employees. Underneath all of these written statements lie unspoken rules and expectations about employee behavior and company operations. Unfortunately, when unaddressed, these hidden expectations result in high turnover, dissatisfied employees, and…

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