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Accelerated Pathways To Leadership

Engineering Leadership Conference 2010
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

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Accelerated Pathways To Leadership

  1. 1. Accelerated Pathways to Leadership Stepping Up To Leadership Through Personal Excellence Kevin Wong Engineering Leadership Conference 2010 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>My Journey </li></ul><ul><li>Beliefs and Attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies and Behaviours </li></ul><ul><li>Experience vs Influence </li></ul><ul><li>Action Plan </li></ul>
  3. 3. where to begin?
  4. 4. My Journey Product Manager Training Manager Hills Industries Debating Coach & Adjudicator Psychology Business Coach Electronics Tutor Macquarie IT Society Communications Executive Cert Event Manager 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Bachelor of Technology Education Olympics Entrepreneurial Roles
  5. 5. My Roles BTech(ICS) Professional Development Psychology Business & Marketing Signal Processing Tutor Debating Coach National Training Manager Business Coach Software Programmer National Training Manager National Product Manager Communications Executive Macquarie IT Society Business Coach Sydney Olympics Macquarie IT Society Freelance Event Manager Hills Industries Signal Processing Tutor Software Tester Tech Support Database Programmer Trainer & Coach Events Entrepreneur Student Engineer
  6. 6. don’t put yourself in a box
  7. 7. Beliefs and Attitudes <ul><li>Defined by ability to solve problems and add value – not by my job, career, or experience </li></ul><ul><li>Trusted in own abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering is an amazing foundation to have </li></ul><ul><li>Always hungry for learning and growth </li></ul>“ Do whatever it takes!”
  8. 8. if you do what everyone else is doing, you’ll get the same results that everyone else is getting
  9. 9. Strategies and Behaviours <ul><li>Actively pursued an accelerated career path </li></ul><ul><li>Always did what I’m passionate about </li></ul><ul><li>Created my own opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Immersed myself in new experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on my outcome </li></ul>
  10. 10. you will face pressure…
  11. 11. …pressure creates diamonds!
  12. 12. Biggest Shortcut to Leadership <ul><li>“ Be the change you want </li></ul><ul><li>to see in the world.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mahatma Ghandi </li></ul>
  13. 13. Biggest Shortcut to Leadership Start doing the job you desire!
  14. 14. Experience vs Influence <ul><li>Inability to influence is a major source of dissatisfaction and stress for many engineers </li></ul><ul><li>The only person experience affects is YOU </li></ul><ul><li>Developing relationships and the ability to influence can affect EVERYONE around you </li></ul><ul><li>Do you need experience to influence? No! </li></ul><ul><li>Master the skill of influence </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to ask questions instead of giving your opinions </li></ul>
  15. 15. Action Plan <ul><li>Adopt the mindset of a leader </li></ul><ul><li>Develop great communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Be hungry to learn and to grow – this desire will drive results, get a coach or a mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Development opportunities are everywhere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Groups, Boards, Committees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start your own opportunity to lead </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. will you choose this?
  17. 17. … or the road less travelled?
  18. 18. Leadership starts today, and it begins with you! Visit for free resources