How an Expansive Curriculum is Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow When you ask the leadership of engineering firms about their primary concerns, one item appears on the list either at or near the very top – developing the next generation of leaders for their firm. Whether it’s the high-level concerns surrounding succession planning – or the more specific endeavor of taking engineers, who are highly skilled and talented technicians, and growing them into managers of people, projects and leaders on the business side – firm leaders are focused on leadership development at every level of their organizational chart. To address this issue, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia) has created three leadership development programs focused on the specific challenges of training tomorrow’s engineering leaders. FUTURE LEADERS PROGRAM For almost twenty years, ACEC Georgia’s nine-month Future Leaders Program has provided class members with training in management, leadership and business development, such as the elements of an outstanding presentation and public speaking. Additionally, the program provides basic training on the “nuts and bolts” of business, including project accounting, risk management and legal issues; there is even a segment focused solely on the public policy issues and politics affecting the industry, including a tour of the State Capitol and discussions with legislators. The program also includes the DISC assessment, a personal evaluation tool to help participants learn more about themselves and others, as well as how to better manage interpersonal relationships in the workplace based on the different personality styles. This useful tool teaches the reality that there is not a “one size fits all” approach to managing a diverse workforce. EMERGING LEADERS FORUM The 2014-2015 Future Leaders class was the first to graduate into ACEC Georgia’s new Emerging Leaders Forum. The Forum is an ongoing program designed to provide higher “graduate studies” level leadership development, training and mentoring necessary to bridge the gap from Future Leaders to becoming an owner, principal or officer in a firm. Launched earlier this year, programs and content will be focused on the essential skills today’s engineering firm leaders need to successfully manage their business. The intended model for the Emerging Leaders Forum is to have Future Leaders’ alumni graduate into the program. However, it is currently open to all former Future Leaders Program graduates who are interested. INTRODUCTION TO THE BUSINESS OF ENGINEERING While the Future Leaders program has been successful, it is also important to provide exposure to the business side of engineering early in a young engineers’ career. Soon, ACEC Georgia will be kicking off an “Introduction to the Business of Engineering” class targeted for the newest engineers in participating member firms. This one-day class will provide participants with an introductory level exposure to presentation skills; personal and firm marketing; client development; and accounting and billing. The idea is to give participants the information they need to think about the business side of engineering while they are developing their professional and technical skills.
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