This PPT has been shortened for SlideShare. The full version is an adaptable 0.5 - 1.5 hour seminar with supplementary 1 hour communication skills workshop. A shortened version was delivered at the Engineering Leadership Conference 2010 in Brisbane. The conference had over 400 delegates from around Australia from the Navy, Army, Air Force, mining companies, public companies, private engineering and consulting firms, government departments, and leaders in the engineering community. Kevin Wong is available to speak at your next event on the topic of leadership and success. He’s especially passionate about inspiring young professionals. Email email@example.com and connect online at http://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinwong82
Most of the roles I’ve had are cross-contextual, mixing different domains together, solving problems, and coming up with creative solutions. You might be able to see that within each role there has been a clear progression in skill and development. Sometimes it may appear erratic, but there’s always a relationship towards personal growth and career development. Everything I’ve done links in with work I have previously undertaken. As engineers we are able to understand the hidden structures that exist and to break things apart and put them together in new ways. That’s what I’ve done with my career.
Pick the behaviours, strategies, beliefs and attitudes that feel right and make sense to you. Invest in developing your communication skills to be able to influence and persuade others. Always keep growing, always keep moving in a positive direction towards your goals. There are many different opportunities out there waiting for you to come on board and practice developing your leadership skills. Begin by getting involved at a level that is comfortable to you. The more “uncomfortable” and the more willing you are to do what ever it takes, the quicker your leadership skills will develop.
Will you follow in the trail of everyone else?
Or will you take the road less travelled by? Will you take the scenic route, and end up on top, having enjoyed the journey.
Leadership is a combination of mindset, attitudes, and beliefs (about self and others) which drives empowering actions that creates success in the external world. It all starts with you. How you do it is up to you!
Accelerated Pathways To Leadership
Accelerated Pathways to Leadership Stepping Up To Leadership Through Personal Excellence Kevin Wong Engineering Leadership Conference 2010 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
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>
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
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
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!”
if you do what everyone else is doing, you’ll get the same results that everyone else is getting
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>
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>
Biggest Shortcut to Leadership Start doing the job you desire!
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>
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>