SVELC Academy: Smart Pills: Dangerous Mistakes Eng Leaders Make about Leadership

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Welcome to the third program of the free monthly Engineering Leadership Academy.

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.

On to tonight's program:

“Smart Pills: Dangerous Mistakes We Engineering Leaders Make about Leadership”

Engineers joke and tell stories about managers.

Is that a good idea? What if our bravado when we were engineers blinded us to organizational reality now that WE are engineering leaders?

In this leadership academy session, we deeply explore the transition zone between what and how we thought as engineers and full-fledged leadership awareness. The result is to uncover multiple mis-understandings about organizations that engineering leaders (newly minted or well along in their careers) ignore at their peril. For example, does your old expectation of how the organization "should work" blind you to how it actually works? Is your communication strategy "just the facts ma'am"? Do you just advocate or have you learned to facilitate?

For each realization we’ll explain the antidote and practice direct pragmatic skills new leaders need to navigate the path to the top.

SPEAKER: Roy Terry

Roy Terry is an executive communication coach with over two decades of coaching and training experience with Silicon Valley technical professionals. In addition, he has worked in software development at a variety of tech firms including Intel, KLA-Tencore, HP, and numerous startup and contract projects.

Mr. Terry frequently leads public events in Silicon Valley related to executive presentations, pitching, and social influence. He is the author of an upcoming book on leadership, Cinematic Leadership: How to lead with purpose (in process).


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
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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.

TONIGHT'S SPONSOR: Daitan - Daitan builds core technology, data solutions and software products that scale with real-time performance. Since 2004, we have been a trusted partner to clients that rely on us to accelerate time-to-market while reducing project risk. We bring expertise in data-driven approaches such as AI, Machine Learning, Data Engineering and BI & Analytics; as well as experience in operational transformation by leveraging scalable infrastructures in public and private Clouds delivered by following modern, Agile processes. Visit