Get out of your head!

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Voor Nederlands, klik hier. We engineers love to use our head. It helps us to think structured and analytical. Also, it helps to make calculations, to model, make lists and predict outcomes. The command line [If…then…else] is one of the first things I learned programming in BASIC. This is also one of the lines in our…

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From Engineer to Manager

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Voor Nederlands, klik hier. Twenty years ago, I started as a staff engineer at a big engineering firm. Over the next 10 years, I was involved in multidisciplinary projects worldwide. Then I was asked to manage a team of highly skilled laboratory technicians. They would test soil samples for mechanical properties such as consolidation, shear…

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My Summer Book List

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Voor Nederlands, klik hier. The summer holidays are a great opportunity to read books. I love to read and I have brought a stack of them (paperbacks, digital and audio books) with me. With these following titles, I am looking forward to educate myself, get new ideas, inspiration and insights: Life’s Golden Ticket – Brendon Burchard…

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What you need to know about empathy

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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)

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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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Another easy way to learn and to get inspired

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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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3 reasons why engineers need coaching (too)

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I was an employee of an engineering company for nearly 15 years. There, I worked with great professionals including architects, contractors, government officials, draftsmen and real estate developers.  Most engineers are dedicated to their work & field and some of them are more successful at it than others. I often wondered what the reason is for…

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