6+1 strategies to convince others

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. Last week I went to an engineering conference. “Engineers are generally modest” was the statement of one of the speakers. That reminded me of Ralph Waldo Emerson who said “A great man is always willing to be little.” This may not always be effective. Later that day there was a discussion…

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Engineer like a Motherf#cker

Klik hier voor Nederlands. Recently I was listening to the Tim Ferris show. He was interviewing Cheryl Strayed who explains how to write like a motherf#cker. Despite the foul language, her explanation struck me and applies to engineering as well.   In this article I am giving you Cheryl’s tips (read her column) and my…

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How to have successful job interviews

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. I am sitting in a nice coffee bar enjoying a perfect cappuccino. On my right, two people are sitting on a comfortable couch. They order something and start to talk. It turns out to be a job interview. I rarely listen to the conversations of others, but this time I am…

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The 5 minute journal

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. -Do you think keeping a journal takes too much of your time? -Are you unsure if this will help you with your work or life? -Or you think a journal is only for the “others”?   This article provides you with a technique to write down valuable insights in journal within…

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4 tips on how to deal with an embarrassing mistake

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. It was a Friday afternoon. I was sitting with my manager, another colleague and a client in the small meeting room of the office. We had been working hard to meet a deadline and one hour before the meeting, we realized that a terrible mistake had been made…. The project was…

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What you need to know about empathy

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. In my first Podcast, I talked with Henk Nieboer. He said that a good engineer needs empathy. This can be a challenge for some engineers who just thrill to make calculations, write reports or give advice. In this article I am explaining what empathy is, what the benefits are and how…

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12 Keys to create balance in your engineering career (part 2)

Voor Nederlands, Klik hier. In my last article I gave you 5 keys to create balance in your engineering career. The first keys are to list your values, to determine your priorities for success, to manage your time well, to simplify your life and to celebrate. In this article I am giving you 7 more…

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12 Keys to create balance in your engineering career (part 1)

Voor Nederlands, Klik hier. “There is no work-life balance. We have one life. What’s most important is that you be awake for it.” ― Janice Marturano So, you have a big deadline tomorrow. Clients keep on calling you on the phone. Email notifications are tumbling into your inbox and there’s another colleague asking for something….

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Another easy way to learn and to get inspired

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. Are you looking for an easy way to learn new things and to get inspired? Of course you can go to a network event, follow a course or read a book. This article is about another easy and fun way to achieve this without having to leave the house. I recently…

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How to give the best to relationships

Voor Nederlands, klik hier. A while ago, a dear friend asked me how come I can get along with so many people. I had to think of about this for a while. I actually felt a little uncomfortable because there where more people in the group and their attention switched to me. It was as…

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