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Management skills, Office Politics and the Engineer Stereotype

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Abstract: Competence and intellect will get you onto the first rung of the managerial ladder. Progress beyond will however be more dependent on your people skills and your visionary capability. Becoming an effective leader in engineering requires emotional intelligence in support of IQ and the courage to go with your “gut” instinct rather than be a follower of best practice.

During this talk you will:

  • Learn how to navigate the stormy waters of organisational politics
  • How to build rapport and master the art of influencing others
  • Find out about research into the “engineering stereotype” and gain insight into how reputations are formed and what you can do to enhance your own
  • Know how to build more effective relationships with colleagues in other areas of your organisation

Speaker: Dr Robina Chatham, BSc PhD MIMechE CEng Dr Robina Chatham qualified as both Mechanical Engineer and Neuroscientist. Her career commenced within the shipbuilding industry, where she pioneered the introduction of computing onto the shop floor. Robina subsequently followed a career in IT, which culminated in the position of European IT Director for a leading merchant bank. In 1996 Robina joined Cranfield School of Management as a Lecturer in Management Information Systems. Robina now runs her own training company and is also a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management. Her prime focus is on helping senior managers to improve their personal impact and influence. Other areas of specialism include the building of high performance teams and relationship management.

Speaker: Dr Robina Chatham Consultant and Lecturer, Cranfield University Refreshments, 6.30pm, Lecture 7.00pm. Parking is available on site.


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