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Engineers as Future Leaders

Wali Zahid | ceo, Skill City bahrain


NED University Karachi, Pakistan: 3 October 2013
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Whos Wali?
Asian businesses have known Wali for his 20-year work on business leadership and executive coaching Leads the longest-running Train-The-Trainer program | 13th year | 16+ Asian locations | 1,000+ trainers Taught MBA courses at IBA, ZABIST, CBM, UMT, IIU, Dow Board/Advisory @ LCWU, Indus Valley, CBM, PSTD At heart: a disruptor | challenging schooling, performance, training efficacy, leadership readiness
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Worlds first paper-free TTT

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Thats us on web!

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Thats us on FB! Like us

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Advising NS government
Was flown in to advise the new Nawaz Sharif government on turning around state-owned enterprises before the cabinet took oath!

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Leads CEO leadership workshop

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2050 interview Urdu Digest

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CEO Summit with Shahbaz Sharif

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At Pakistan Vision 2025 meeting

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Lets talk about you, engineers!


You create or recreate the world!

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You create this

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You create this

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You create this

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You create this

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You create this

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Engineers are clever!


German Engineering Arab Technology clip

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Impatient Gen Yers / Millennials

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Three parts of the talk


1. Where the world is heading technologically, economically 2. How is it easy or challenging for engineers to be leaders 3. How you can get ready to lead by using Walis Will-Skill Matrix
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All of this
Through visual content

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Part 1: Where the world is heading

The world is connected today in ways that are shattering traditional communications concepts
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Technologically
Changes at exponential speed Gen Y: Impatient want it now, not five minutes from now! Facebook and Youtube replace everything Did you know? clip Microsoft vision clip
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What is out
1. Teachers, teaching, knowledge, instruction 2. Attentive, disciplined students (not made any more!) 3. Degrees (Google HR - no GPA, no interviews!) 4. Schools & universities (replaced by MOOCS, Khan Academy, FutureLearn)
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End of teaching? Edudemic

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Learning, not teaching! Wharton

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End of college degrees: HBR

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GPA & interviews useless: Google

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Khan: Teacherless classrooms

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MOOCs replacing unis

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Free education globally

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MOOCs rising

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Even UK unis following!

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Economically
Pakistan is one of the top 20 economies in the world in 2050*

*Goldman
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Sachs

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World in 2010

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World in 2050

Goldman Sachs: Jan 2012 report


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Bordering 2 giants China & India!

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Just one glimpse


Retail sector in Pakistan CNN clip

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Socially/demographically
We are becoming a richer and healthier world Muslim populations in the West are increasing at a rate that it will change the European cultural landscape by 2050 Hans Rosling clip Church clip on Muslim Demographics
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Part 2: Engineers as leaders


Expectations from the world Your personality type Challenges

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Expectations from the world


The American Society for Engineering Education The Engineer of 2020 Project A high-risk, high-pay-off approach for the future of US engineering education 9 attributes
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9 attributes of engineer of 2020!


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Strong analytical skills Practical ingenuity, creativity; innovator Good communication skills Business, management skills High ethical standards, professionalism Dynamic/agile/resilient/flexible Lifelong learner Able to put problems in their socio-technical and operational context Adaptive leader
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Role of engineers in the economy


If you want good manufacturing jobs, one thing you could do is graduate more engineers. Jeffery Immelt, CEO General Electric More S&P 500 CEOs obtain their bachelors degree in engineering than in any other field. US National Academy of Science, 2007 In the emerging economy of the new century, the team with the most engineers wins . Director Maine Heritage Policy Center
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A world with issues


Four key issues Energy Transport Climate change Waste disposal
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Solution depends on?


1. Technology 2. People Q: Which side engineers are good at?

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Technology/People mix!
Innovation: Change through technology Leadership: Change through people
Technical ability x leadership = Impact!

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Our numbers maybe right, but


Math vs trust clip

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Engineers are left-brained?


A Analysis D Decisions E Evaluation L Logic N Numbers W Words V Verbal Memory Surgeon/Accountant/ Lawyer / Engineer Rational
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C Colour I Ideas G Gestures A Art R Ribbon F Feelings I Impulse Image Rhythm Emotional

Business leadership is a whole-brain function!

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Engineers on the RIDO scale

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Mostly, engineers are


Left-brained Introvert / need alone time Logical/rational/analytical Practical (not very creative) Structured/methodical/process-oriented Functional expertise vs people skills?
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Two issues
1. Politics 2. Too much hard work!

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4 styles of political behaviour

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How people are promoted


Research: What takes you ahead at job?

Performance (work) Image (reputation) Exposure (visibility)

10% 30% 60%

Learning: What does this tell you? (Ashridge, UK)


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Part 3: Getting Ready!


How you can get ready to lead by using Walis Will-skill Matrix

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Some useable examples


Did I say: Inspiring?

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How Steve Jobs did this


46 seconds clip Lessons: changing the world?

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How Samsung does it!

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13 pivots of Samsung1
1938 Samsung started as a grocer 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1940s groceries noodles 1950 selling sugar 1954 largest woolen mill Late 1950s - insurance and securities 1960 black & white TVs 1980 phone switch boards & fax systems
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13 pivots of Samsung2
7. 1987 founder dies; department stores, chemicals & logistics, paper/telecom and electronics 8. 1980 investment in electronic facilities 9. 1990 investing construction 10. 1990s downsizing and merging during recession 11. Late 1990s largest memory chip manufacturer 12. 1995 chips LCDs; largest flat screen TV manufacturer 13. 2010 LCDs smartphones
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How a child does this


Indian tree fall clip

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Before anything, you need a goal


What do you want to achieve, say, in 5 years? Take 3 minutes Try as much clarity/foresight as you can Be as ambitious/crazy as you can! It doesnt need to be about money Tell people around you
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Your BIG goals?


What are they?

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How some others will use 5 years


The 5 years clip

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To achieve your goal


What you need is

five

BIG

things

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The first two

1. Will
2. Skill
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Wali on will & skill


To succeed as a leader, engineers need

Will
and

Skill
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Will & Skill


Will = desire, hunger, drive, ambition, willingness, your reason for being, mindset
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Skill = ability, competence, capability, something you are known for, niche, skillset
Lets watch a clip from Shaolin Soccer
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Walis Will-Skill Matrix v1

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The next two

3. Focus
4. Energy
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Focus-Energy Matrix
High

Disengagement 20% Procrastination 30%

Purposefulness 10% Distraction 40%


ENERGY High
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Low
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Bruch & Ghoshal study for Harvard Business Review

Why focus matters?


Focus clip

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How disengagement wastes you


Boring job clip

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Procrastination/distraction

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The fifth

5. The Flow

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The Flow?
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Good business: Leadership, Flow and the Making of Meaning
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The Flow
David Beckham clip

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All of this, with team work


Teamwork clip

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In summary
Engineers will be ready to lead if you: 1. Have a worthwhile goal 2. Have a high will and a high skill 3. Work with high focus and high energy 4. Move to a higher-level challenge (flow) when things become routinised
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Before we end, the final 3 pieces


What leads to success clip Of eight things, what is your pick?

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The right thing vs the easy thing!


Rise and shine clip This clip will guide you how to create global success and become Olympians!

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Finally, remember
Every time you fall clip

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Thank you!
Wali Zahid skillcity@live.com www.skillcity.co +92 300 820 1 88 9 +971 50 2 55 3 88 7 +973 3416 0522
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