SVELC Academy: Managing Is Not Enough! (Eng Management is NOT Eng Leadership!)

Jan 16, 2020 · Palo Alto, United States of America

Welcome to the fourth program of the free monthly Engineering Leadership Academy. (Now in January: Kimberly has work in Bulgaria that may keep her away in November!)

Hosted by the Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community, the Engineering Leadership Academy is a new resource for:
• new managers and leads
• individual contributors mulling over what managing/leading might be like
• more seasoned leaders ever focused on improving their skills.

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On to tonight's program:

Are you a new manager? A not-so-new manager who could use a boost? A prospective manager or tech lead who would like to know what you’re getting in for?

Trust us: you may be being asked to manage, your title may be manager, the job description may be filled with manager-kinda stuff, but your real job is to lead.

And managing is not leading.

Made worse because leadership is not a title on a business card or a position in an organization chart. Leadership is a way of thinking, behaving, and communicating. In fact, if you’re not yet a manager, then now is the time to start leading!

Commit to ACTING like a leader regardless of position or title through your Actions, Communication and Thinking, and you have a shot at meeting your boss’s and your organization’s expectations for you.

Come with curiosity and leave with:
• a conviction that “knowing how” is not enough,
• a commitment to a change in your mindset, communication and behavior.
• a determination NOT to wait ‘til you’re the VP of Engineering or CEO, but to lead from YOUR chair . . .
. . . starting today!

SPEAKER: Kimberly Wiefling

Kimberly Wiefling, http://www.kimberlywiefling.com/, is the founder of Wiefling Consulting, http://www.wiefling.com/, and co-founder of Silicon Valley Alliances, http://siliconvalleyalliances.com/.

Kimberly helps individuals, teams and organizations survive in a world of disruptive change and achieve what SEEMS impossible, but is merely difficult. How? By turning managers into leaders and groups of people into real teams through her highly engaging, experiential, interactive "Learning Laboratories".

Kimberly lives in Silicon Valley, and has worked in US, Europe and Asia. Her superpower is bringing people together across borders and boundaries of every kind to achieve what none could do alone.

Her first book, Scrappy Project Management, was also published in Japanese. She has edited and co-authored an additional 6 books in the “Scrappy Guides” series, and dozens of blogs. Her mentor, Dr. Edgar Schein, wrote the foreword to her new book, Inspired Organizational Cultures – Discover Your DNA, Engage Your People, and Design Your Future.

Kimberly is a serial entrepreneur, involved in a dozen startups. One was acquired by Google; Elite Horse Clothing is still in operation; and she helped EmbeddedWorks bootstrap to seven-figure annual revenues.

AGENDA:

5:15 - 5:30 Networking
5:30 - 6:30 Intro/Presentation
6:30 Networking and light food
7:00 Join the SVELC’s main event

LOCATION:

Varian Cafeteria, 3130 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, has plentiful parking. If you prefer public transport, it's just a 22-minute walk from CalTrain's California Ave station.

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  • Silicon Valley Engineering Leadership Community

    Meet other local current or aspiring innovative innovation leaders who are interested in engineering leadership as a strategic competency. This community is a vital part of any technical leader's career strategy. Our mutual objective: To become the kind of leaders we've always wanted to work for. Discuss the full gamut of engineering leadership: inspiring, aligning, co-creating, communicating, speaking, writing, values, learning, complimenting, appreciating, recognizing, teaching, strategizing, chunking-

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