The Competence Myth
Welcome to the post-recession era, and "WorkPlace 2.0." Things are different. Companies have firmly adopted a business model of doing more with less. The emphasis is on efficiency and profitability. Everyone is expected to make a greater contribution. Your near- and long-term value to the organization depends on it.
Engineers no longer have the luxory of being purely "technical." Raw technical skills are increasingly a global commodity.
Ask yourself: "Are you so unique, so technically brilliant and valuable that your contribution couldn't be downsized, outsourced or off-shored"? With a bit more automation, could a team of three do the traditional work of five? Would you be one of the remaining three?
In 'WorkPlace 2.0,' technical professionals are routinely expected to:
- Communicate effectively in verbal and written form
- Apply creative workplace and problem solving techniques
- Work within simultaneous smaller teams
- Be a leader (non-management) and conduct yourself accordingly
- Collaborate with co-workers, management and outside contractors
- Present and clearly articulate your ideas to others
- Work within a culturally diverse environment
- Develop and apply innovative problem solving approaches
- Demonstrate self-initiative, enthusiasm and teamwork
The bottom line is that the workplace has evolved, and so must you. If you are a technical professional, you'll need to broaden your skill set and enhance your value to the company. Learn to be a leader--at your level. Bring a creative perspective to work each day. Express yourself, communicate with confidence!
Let this book, and the companion (DEP) lab, be your personal guide to "Engineering Your Inner Leader." Don't let fate and circumstance dictate your career prospects. Take the initiative! Start building upon your technical skills.
The benefits extend far beyond the job. This is about living your life to the fullest.
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The Competence Myth Book Reviews
"Finally, a book has been written which provides a roadmap for left-brained engineers and scientific professionals that want to become highly functioning right-brained collaborative business partners. . . . Individuals that read and implement the steps outlined The Competence Myth will become invaluable to any organization. This is a must read!"
Author of Winning in Baseball and Business
"Eric Culverson hits the nail on the head! The Competence Myth is both timely and relevant for all technical professionals. It affords readers the opportunity to get ahead of the curve.
. . . Engineers and scientists must make the transition."
International Best-Selling Author of Creating Your Own Destiny and The Affluent Entrepreneur
"This book is extremely well written and has made a huge positive impact in the way I approach my work and team. Highly recommend for anyone who is working or planning to work in the technology industry."
"I just finished this book and I enjoyed it very much. I am not an engineer (although I am married to one), yet I could relate to many of the ideas and concepts in this book. I found myself nodding in agreement as I ws readinge each chapter. Eric has a nice, easy writing style. And he has the uncanny ability to "hit the nail on the head" when it comes to identifying areas we can all work on in order to achieve success in our lives and careers. I especially liked the part about the importance of getting in touch with our creative sides and taking risks. I also liked the chapter that focused on recognizing our self-limiting and self-defeating tendencies. I think many of us can relate to that. Thanks Eric, for a great book! I'm going to have my husband read it next.