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How Do We Turn Engineers Into Managers?

November 29, 2011
We have terrific engineers who are highly skilled and highly motivated. When it comes to leadership, however, most do a lousy job making the transition. This is despite the fact that we offer established leadership programs. Is there anything we can do differently? —Engineering a Change, organizational development specialist, manufacturing, North Carolina
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How Do We Turn Engineers Into Managers?

November 29, 2011
We have terrific engineers who are highly skilled and highly motivated. When it comes to leadership, however, most do a lousy job making the transition. This is despite the fact that we offer established leadership programs. Is there anything we can do differently? —Engineering a change, organizational development specialist, manufacturing, North Carolina
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Dear Workforce Are Training Departments Becoming Obsolete?

September 27, 2011
I work in the training and development department of a company that competes in the cellular phone industry. Each of our departments has very specific tasks and functions. That got me to wondering: Are training departments becoming obsolete in today's specialized companies?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Help a New Manager Manage?

June 13, 2011
How should a new manager approach employees who aren't doing their jobs? All of our employees have job descriptions and written job expectations, yet many come up short when it comes to meeting them. One is a diligent manager who tries hard to create an effective branch—and to help employees develop their skills for possible career advancement. We are concerned she may be overcome by frustration.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> Are First-Time Managers Really Better Off With Training?

June 28, 2010
I hear a lot about managers being promoted without sufficient training. The theory is that people are pushed into management without first having the required skill sets. Anecdotally this might be true, but are there any empirical data that prove this approach is leading to a generation of underequipped managers? —Skeptical in Services, Charlotte, North Carolina
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