Business and Professional Practices
Full Session without Abstracts
Are you a young engineer who aspires to a leadership position in your firm, or an engineering manager looking for best practices immediately applicable to your day-to-day work? Have you looked for management and leadership resources specific to structural engineering firms, only to come up short? Do you believe that structural engineers must be innovative business leaders for their firms to thrive in the global economy? Then you will not want to miss this session!
This session will focus on current topics in practical management and leadership in today’s structural engineering business environment. In this interactive, IES-style presentation, topics covered include conflict resolution, the impact of H1B visas on our businesses, how to incorporate leadership development into your day-to-day practice, the basics of reading financial statements, how to give performance reviews, the right way to fire someone, and how to retain your best engineers. Each topic will be briefly presented by one of the members of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Business Practices Committee, a committee comprised of practicing engineers in leadership positions at their respective firms across the country, as well as one member of the NCSEA Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee, a committee that has conducted two comprehensive nationwide surveys of structural engineering professionals. Following the presentations, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any of the topics in detail.
This session is intended to provide practical tools for managing and leading a structural engineering firm and is suitable for everyone from young professionals interested in firm leadership to seasoned managers and firm leaders looking for innovative business practices.