One of the worst things that can happen to your engineering career is to develop the reputation of being a whiner. Hence, you want to avoid complaining as much as possible. There are, however, times that important issues need to be taken to your management. This should be done in a manner that does not make you look like a whiner. In this video, we describe the right way to take issues to the boss.
In this video we coach leaders and managers on how to give constructive feedback to people. It is important to realize that most people can only handle one “problem” at a time. Start by telling the person what they are doing right, then tell them the one most important thing they need to work to improve. Don’t tell them everything they need to fix, just the worst problem, and then work with them through one problem at a time, over time.
Engineers sometimes suffer from the problem of ego or pride, and hence sometimes struggle with taking constructive feedback the right way. One of the best ways to boost your career is to learn to take feedback in the positive way it is intended. This video will give you the tips and tricks to ensure you always benefit from constructive criticism.
There is an old saying my Dad taught me . . . Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate. This is true in life in general, but is especially true in the engineering community. This is a rather small and tight-nit community, and engineers appear to be particularly adept at holding a grudge. Hence to be successful in this field, it is important to avoid needlessly creating enemies.