If you’re looking to motivate and resonate with your team of engineers, TED Talks should be a go-to resource for you. They feature insights from the world’s top engineers and creative minds. Here are five TED Talks that anyone who manages engineers needs to absorb.
The average American worker has fifty interruptions a day, of which seventy percent have
nothing to do with work. –W. Edwards Deming
It would irritate anyone. Your team has an assignment, and everyone has a strategy on how to proceed. Then, changes happen. Upper management keeps shifting the deadline, causing everyone involved to feel stress. Or perhaps your organization is in a state of flux, where work schedules, building protocols, and breaks are continually changing. If you’re in charge of a group of people, you feel their stress. While you empathize with them, you’re also responsible for keeping them focused and productive. Here’s how to effectively lead–even as schedules change.
It would be nice, if everyone was just motivated to do their jobs. However, the reality is that even a paycheck isn’t always enough motivation. But the good news is that there are truly simple techniques that can result in a more inspired team. Here are some ideas on how to get started:
Being the boss is hard.
Being the boss when someone on your team is trying to undermine you can be paralyzing. If you don’t fix the situation –and fast!– you might not be the boss much longer.
First, don’t even think of confronting the insubordinate subordinate until you have a clear-eyed understanding of the power balance. Instead, you need to know what you’re up against. Why is this team member attempting a coup? Which of you has the better relationship and reputation with senior management? Has the insurgent recruited other engineers to his side?
Every business goes through periods when the workload increases significantly without a commensurate increase in staffing. Your role as leader is to keep your team members motivated and on task while providing them with outlets so that they don’t lose their perspective (and their sanity) under the pressure.