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Engineers as Leaders • Redefining the Job

Updated: Nov 11, 2021

Part 2 of 5 for the June edition of "Converging over Coffee"

We’re effective when we get the job done… but what IS the job? How do we tend to define it? Instinct is always to focus & narrow the definition, but I suggest we’re better off expanding it first, before we apply focus.

Invoking a lesson learnt from the kids’ home-based learning… If we define our jobs by its specific tasks, then getting our tasks accomplished well is like getting the conceptual model of a math problem built correctly. No doubt important to get right & get done. But dealing with what the model tells us & what the question wants is what determines whether we will use the right solutioning technique & whether we will get the final answer… That is the actual job. It demands that our personal job definition expands beyond the task to the project.

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