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Engineering Professionals Leadership Workshop

Cliftons Melbourne

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Engineers work and lead most effectively when they are utilising their natural strengths. Projects succeed in an environment where relationships are strong and organisational goals, values and results are owned and clear to everyone. To emerge as a skilled leader within an engineering environment, you must remain resilient to adverse industry circumstances and take the time to build a team from a foundation of natural strengths and abilities. Leaders who employ this approach create an environment of success and enjoy the benefits of increased staff engagement and satisfaction. This workshop will explore a variety of practical tools and techniques, drawing from a strengths-based approach to lift the performance of teams operating in an engineering environment.

The need to complete tasks and projects effectively and safely within strict time frames means engineers often find themselves in an environment where there is a zero margin for error and absolute precision is the only option. In a team environment, success often requires
more than a mastery of specialist knowledge. To effectively lead a team and ensure the success of the task at hand, engineers must take up a broader range of skills and knowledge and invest in and harness both their own strengths and those of their team members.

As a leader, an engineer will be required to interact with and encourage buy-in from a wider range of stakeholders, each with varying expertise. Strengthening your communication style will not only make this possible, but lead to improved staff engagement and performance through feedback and clear direction. Utilising clear communication and understanding the difference between leading and managing are vital to creating an effective leadership approach

This workshop will equip engineers and similar technical professionals with leadership skills, business acumen and add value to their organisation by coupling technical expertise with strategic thinking and effective leadership. Throughout this interactive session, participants will explore a range of practical methods, tools and techniques, whilst exchanging ideas on how to solve real world problems.
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• How to engage with and encourage buy-in from relevant stakeholders to win
• Understanding your personal leadership strengths
• Effective communication with non-technical stakeholders
• What it takes to motivate your team through authentic and purposeful leadership
• How to foster a positive, strength-based workplace culture for improved productivity
• Managing difficult conversations and turning conflict into opportunities for growth
• Leading risk initiatives and ensuring business continuity
• Strategies to lead change and become industry innovators
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Engineers and related technical professionals and aspiring leaders within:

• Engineering
• Maintenance
• Asset Management
• Infrastructure
• Construction
• Mining / Oil and Gas
• Energy
• Defence
• Project Management
• Government
• Transport
• Information Technology
• Academia / Education / Research
• Science and Innovation
• Manufacturing

07 March 2017

08:30 - 16:30


Day One

Reinforcing and strengthening leadership fundamentals 
  • Key processes for leadership success
  • Walking the talk: Leading by example
  • Leadership threats and opportunities 
  • The importance of recognising and celebrating success

Developing further skills as an engineering leader
  • Self-aware leadership to identify areas for growth 
  • Effective listening as a core component of leadership
  • Taking count of your strengths and building confidence 
  • Bringing it all together as a package

Thinking strategically to become a key business partner
  • Developing a plan to go from vision to realisation
  • Scenario planning to prepare for unforeseen challenges
  • Blue Ocean Strategy: Shifting your leadership focus for success
  • Testing strategic alternatives to common practices

Strategies for effective communication across different groups
  • Effective communication strategies for different stakeholders
  • Having the difficult conversation: Techniques for addressing problematic behaviours
  • Building team capabilities as a leader
  • Simplifying complex messages for clear communication with non-engineering staff
Mike Ford - Director
Project Leadership Pty Ltd

08 March 2017

08:30 - 16:30


Day Two

Effective Stakeholder Management for enhanced performance
  • Identify and manage key stakeholders and their expectations
  • Working collaboratively to form productive partnerships
  • Encouraging buy-in from relevant parties
  • Achieving the right outcomes for all

Balancing and managing risk 
  • Identifying and understanding risk
  • Leading risk management initiatives
  • Understanding risk appetite and balancing it with tolerance
  • Engaging and clarifying risks and rewards with staff

Improving team capability and performance
  • Is the usual way always the right way?
  • Thinking outside the box: Nurturing innovation 
  • Using SWOT analyses for informed decisions 
  • Working effectively as a team

Processes for leading transformational change
  • Recognising the core objectives behind change
  • Understand what defines the brand
  • Supporting and getting support from staff
  • Adding value through strategic change leadership
Mike Ford - Director
Project Leadership Pty Ltd
Mike Ford
Project Leadership Pty Ltd
Cliftons Melbourne
Phone: +61 3 9993 9999
Level 1, 440 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC
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