Past Meetup

Michael Carducci: The Influential Engineer - Overcoming resistance to change

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Several of us at CJUG have been running into Michael at different conferences, and now we've finally been able to nail him down for a stop at the Windy City! As some of you may already know, Michael is also a magician, so we should be all in for a treat.


Whether you want to effect culture change in your organization, lead the transition toward a new technology, or are simply asking for better tools; you must first understand that having a “good idea” is just the beginning. How can you dramatically increase your odds of success?

You will learn 12 concrete strategies to build consensus within your team as well as 6 technique to dramatically increase the odds that the other person will say “Yes” to your requests.

As a professional mentalist, Michael has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades. There are universal principles of influence that neccessary to both understand and leverage if you want to be more effective leader of change in your organization.

In this session we discuss strategies for getting your team on board as well as when/how to approach management within the department and also higher-up in the organization.


For nearly 20 years, Michael was a software engineer moonlighting as a magician. Now he's a magician moonlighting as a software engineer. In both endeavors he has dedicated himself to mastery and has gained deep insights both from his eclectic interests, entrepreneurial spirit, and experience that spans the full stack, the entire project lifecycle, and several technologies,

His time is equally divided between performing around the world, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, and building software that doesn't suck.