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  • Joe Winslow

Leadership Coaching - Go beyond being a good manager

​Are you a technical expert in your field of engineering, IT, accounting, or science who now has management responsibilities? Are you concerned with things like:

  • How to manage people who were formerly your peers

  • Changing your mindset from getting tasks completed yourself to managing others to get tasks completed

  • How to motivate others

Are you concerned that if you bid for the management position, your relationships with your current peers may suffer? Do you think being the boss will be akin to joining the opposing team?

Would you like your time at work to be:

  • More fun

  • More rewarding

  • Less stressful

Leadership coaching can help you learn these new skills. As an augment to your company’s management training, or a standalone program you do on your own time, learning from someone who has been where you are and who has been successful can accelerate your learning curve and make you a great leader rather than just a good manager. Learning leadership skills can help you get recognized in your company. Being a great leader, will help you and your company achieve the goals that you set out. It can help your employees reach their full potential and which, in turn, is incredibly rewarding to you as well.

I have been in your shoes. A born introvert, I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would ever be a manager of people. I received a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then entered the US Navy as a newly minted officer. When I first stepped foot on my ship after a whirlwind 4 month training at Officer Candidate School, I was told that there were now 25 sailors who reported to me. I was now a manager, whether I wanted to be or not. Talk about being thrown into the deep end of the pool without a life jacket or swimming lessons!

My first position when I got out of the Navy was at an aerospace company as their maintenance supervisor. Once again, at the ripe old age of 26 I had 25 or so direct reports, this time, about half of them had been doing their job, at that location, longer than I had been alive. Was this a challenge? You bet.

From there I have had positions from facilities engineer to Vice President positions in 2 different companies. In every position, I was managing technical professionals, and each position allowed me to learn more and more about managing people. Those were challenging positions, and I learned a lot.

Now I want to help you, someone who has excelled at their technical individual contributor job and who has been recognized for that achievement by being promoted to management.

As a manager, your tasks are different, you may now manage people who have previously been your peers. You have to learn how to get work done through others, rather than doing it yourself. You may not see progress on a daily basis, it may now be monthly or even longer. Reporting to your manager is not just about specific tasks anymore, it is about progress toward company objectives. In short, if you are feeling like you just got thrown into the deep end of the pool with no life jacket, I can help you.

With proper coaching and diligence on your part, your job can become fun and fulfilling. Aside from the normal financial perks, you will realize fulfillment in helping others reach their goals, and your company reach their objectives as well. Your job will be fun again and you will be excited to go to work every day.

JW Consulting Engineers is offering Leadership Coaching as an additional service to our offerings. Our program consists of one on one coaching combined with an 8 week program designed to hone your management skills and propel you to being a great leader. If you would like to be a great leader instead of just a good manager, contact us today to learn how we can help you get there. Learn more here

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