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Preparing Technical Talent for Management

Companies can ensure technical professionals are prepared to manage others but only if they’re willing to reconsider their approach. To secure and keep a deep bench of tech talent, successful organizations invest in the professional development of their engineers and technical professionals.
Being proficient at completing the technical aspects of your position can only take you so far. To stand out from others, strong foundational skills are required. Individuals who are self-aware and adept at communication and relationship building, position themselves and their organizations for success.
Controlling the narrative is important to organizations, even if it’s not publicly acknowledged as being so. Often, we want to get ahead of misinformation or ensure individuals understand what we’re trying to do and why. We want to influence and motivate behavior. We want communication to be meaningful and add value to others.
Organizations typically focus on learning and fail to address unlearning as an organizational development strategy. Whether we realize it or not, we gravitate toward what is familiar and less challenging. But without taking the time to step back and reflect upon the ways in which we approach our work we could be sabotaging our own efforts. This applies to most changes we want to implement. Instead of trying to convince your team that your change effort is the right one, help them understand why it is important to change.
Both economic development and preparedness are extremely important. But they must be prioritized. Preparedness is always first. If you are prepared, you are positioned for prosperity. If you aren’t prepared, sustainable progress isn’t possible.
As organizations adapt to change brought about by the pandemic, many contemplate how long it will take for our world to return to normal. Normal will be what we make of it. Our former ways of living and working have evolved in many ways to ensure public health is taken into consideration. What we used to consider normal may be forever altered. But I believe there are opportunities awaiting individuals and organizations that are worth exploring.

How to Diffuse Miscommunication About Coronavirus

Updates about the coronavirus are everywhere, even though much remains unknown. Workplaces are scrambling to gather information and make decisions. Leaders responsible for communicating about coronavirus have a major challenge. Tell your stakeholders what you know in an attempt to stay ahead of miscommunication or wait until you have more facts.
As awkward and difficult as starting a new job can be, the flip side is a clean slate. What are you going to do with such an opportunity? How can you make this less overwhelming? Where do you start?

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