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Formal education and training focus primarily on acquiring technical knowledge and developing technical skills. Most engineers receive little training on the professional skills that are equally, if not more, important to successful practice. Though not a traditional technical session, this leader development session will equip structural engineers with the skills and tools necessary to be recognized as leaders by their colleagues, employers, and the public. This session is applicable to all structural engineers, but will garner the most interest from structural engineers seeking leadership opportunities and interested in building their professional skills.
Change and innovation are important elements for you as well as your organization to maintain a competitive edge. They will allow you to identify improvement areas that will help increase efficiency and productivity in addition to maximizing and making the most of what you already have. They also give you an opportunity to re-evaluate your organizational performance before external market conditions disrupt your establishment.
This 90-minute session will describe similarities and differences between change and innovation followed by interactive exercises that put your innovation skills to work. The presenter will discuss general sources of change and innovation and will examine some typical traits of effective change agents. Participants will also explore how to go about identifying opportunities for change and innovation.
As emphasized in the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK) 2nd Edition, success in the practice of civil engineering at the professional level is dependent on not only technical competence, but equally essential is the ability to innovate.
Each participant will not only acquire knowledge of leader development concepts, but will also have an opportunity to develop their leader skills through interactive exercises. After this session, participants will be able to:
• Differentiate between change and innovation
• List common sources of change and innovation
• Employ traits of successful change agents
• Describe opportunities for change and innovation