Welcome to the Engineering Leadership podcast where we believe that leaders are built, not born.
We share our Engineering Leadership framework with some of the world’s best C-Suite executives and then ask them to focus on one of the unique 17 leadership constants we see driving success. These episodes cover nearly every engineering discipline and provide perspectives from around the world.
These proven leaders generously share their journey to provide mentoring and advice that can help engineers everywhere become the best leaders they can be.
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Optimism - Matt Needy, VP at Huntington Ingalls Industries
Matt Needy is Vice President of Navy Programs for Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. Matt obtained his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and he chose Optimism as his topic.
Optimism creates a highly motivated workforce.
A part of being optimistic is having a well thought out plan.
Being conscious and self aware helps you not to give in to emotions.
“Optimism is essential for you to motivate that team, and nobody wants to work for a pessimistic person.”
“The basis for optimism really starts with being real.”
“Early in your career, you have to be working on your EQ or your emotional intelligence, as well as your IQ.”
Anticipate - Susan Hertzberg, CEO of BrainScope
Susan Hertzberg is CEO of BrainScope. BrainScope is a medical neurotechnology company that is pioneering the objective assessment of brain injury.
She was named an Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 by Ernst and Young. Susan’s undergraduate degree is in Psychology and she chose the topic of Anticipate.
As a leader, you should be able to evaluate your team members and how they will contribute to the team. This data collection is the start of anticipation.
Every person has a story to tell. Learn from those stories because this will greatly help you to predict behaviour.
Work culture is a social contract for how you’re going to engage.
“Your job as a leader is to help guide that team to be as effective and efficient as they can in that endeavour.”
“Every single thing you learn, you will later use again.”
“Be a life-long learner and be open to learning not just from leaders but the people designated as leaders.”
Challenge - Eric Martinez, CEO of Modjoul
Eric Martinez is the CEO of Modjoul, a national company that creates wearable technology to keep employees safe. His interest in workplace safety and productivity led him to start this innovative company.
Eric is a mechanical engineer, and he chose the topic of Challenge.
Learn the business from the ground up.
Always be curious and don’t let the embarrassment of asking a question get in the way.
Building close relationships with your peers can be invaluable when seeking a promotion.
“There is always a time where someone will need you to speak up and say “Hey, this is a problem”.”
“If you settle on a solution too early you may not get to the complete truth. Openness and transparency lead to problem solving and getting to the right answer.”
“Sometimes it’s your peers who get you promoted first. Then, your boss hears those praises from where you've supported them and that propels you into the next position.”
Engage with Yamini Rangan, Chief Customer Officer with HubSpot
Yamini Rangan is the Chief Customer Officer with HubSpot.
HubSpot is a leading customer relationship management platform that provides software and support to help businesses grow better.
She’s led the marketing, sales, and services teams throughout her career...all focused around the customer.
She is a computer engineer and she chose the topic of Engage.
Leadership can be taught and can be learned. It's not something that is just for a few people that are born with it.
The fundamental job of a leader is to provide a clarifying, inspiring vision for the future. Then provide the right context for people to achieve their best.
Be yourself in your business by embracing your authentic leadership style.
A lot of us go through that process of soul searching, doubting ourselves, and figuring out 'if this is actually going to work'. There's a completely different playbook, and part of the playbook is thinking about the future differently."
"For me, it came down to authenticity. So not engaging and charming 50 people at the same time. What I found comfort in is that I could engage really well, one on one and roundtables of 10-15 people.
"As an introvert, you might beat yourself up... 'My god, I’ve got to present or be someone different in front of others.' No, actually, be yourself."
Agile - Ed Rose, CEO of Mason Industrial Technology
Ed Rose is the CEO of Mason Industrial Technology, a mergers and acquisitions and growth company specializing in the advanced materials and specialty chemicals industries. He is passionate about turning customer’s complex challenges into possibilities. Ed obtained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, and he chose the topic of Agile.
Being able to look ahead to the future and plan accordingly is a part of being agile.
Avoid over analyzing things. This will help you move quicker.
If you’re not failing, you’re not moving forward.
At the end of the day, we want our leaders to be technically curious or market curious. So there’s always a ‘What if we did that differently’, and it’s hard then things are going good because the focus is on execution.”
“If they aren’t failing enough, they’re not pushing ahead fast or big enough.”
“Your instincts are much better than you think.”
Drive Results with Bill Malloy, President of Malloy and Company
Bill Malloy is President of Malloy and Company. His organization’s purpose is to foster innovation that directs positive change into communities. He’s also founded a venture capital firm that has core values and a strong culture at its center. Bill’s undergraduate degree is in Engineering from Clemson, and he chose the topic of Driving Results.
Understanding your purpose in business is critical and will help you to build a more solid product.
If someone is thinking of going into a corporate world, they should start early and not be afraid to ask a lot of questions.
When taking an entrepreneurial route you have to be willing to fail, and fail early.
“When I meet with an entrepreneur or I'm meeting with another founder, everything that we're talking about instantly changes as we walk out the door - the competitive landscape changes, the funding dynamics change, our internal dynamics change. So what really leads to that execution component, is laying the plans. And, at the same time being nimble enough to adjust as you take in your new variables.”
“Prioritization and focus separates the highly successful companies from the ones that fail."
“You have to figure out [...]your defined niche that your product is going to solve and how can you make money doing that.”