This workshop aims to help people active in the the field of precision engineering discuss whatever issues they are dealing with as their career progresses from individual working engineers to members of teams, team leaders or managers. Topic examples are; dealing with top management, managing projects, stakeholders, making convincing presentations, convincing others, change management, decision making etc. etc.). During the workshop, participants can discuss with experienced people (role models) and get advice so that the next generation of engineers becoming leaders do not have to go through similar dilemmas from scratch.
How does it work?
Workshop participants will receive information about the role models experience (areas of work, resume) to enable participants to prepare questions in advance which can be sent to the workshop facilitator. During the start of the workshop, there will also be some time for participants to come up with additional questions. The questions can be about anything that the participants would like to discuss related to their work, working relations, being effective, leading teams, managing stakeholders, managing change, …… (whatever is on their mind).
At the start of the workshop, the facilitator will give a brief overview of the questions already submitted and will invite participants to prepare more questions, so that participants can build on these if they would like to sharpen a question or add something else.
The role model will then join the group, which typically sits in a semicircle. He/she briefly introduces him/herself to the group, and the facilitator then kicks off the questioning by the group members.
Typically, the role model will receive all kinds of questions, ranging from vision on a technology or technical issue, to social and ethical questions and also often dilemma’s between private and professional life, dealing with stressful situations and practical leadership issues.
The questions will trigger the role model to start telling stories from his/her personal experience, which typically makes it a very authentic and meaningful session.