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Expert in Performance & Profitability

Expert in Performance & Profitability

Assessments, Business Consulting, Sales & Marketing, Retreats, Speaking



P.O. Box 41236
Tucson, AZ 85717
520.795.7556 (FAX)

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"Sharon is that rare individual - extremely intelligent and multi-talented,"
-- Hussein Kamel, PhD, Computer Structural Analysis, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona

"I can say we would not have accomplished our goals without your assistance."
-- Chester Teaford, HDR, Inc.,
formerly, V.P., Michael Baker Jr., Inc.




Articles for Executives

Technical Training - Fabulous But Not Enough For Leadership

A recent article in Newsweek stated that more and more technical companies were bypassing engineers as CEOs and hiring financial and legal experts. Admittedly, financial issues have become so complicated in large corporations that CEOs need to be on solid ground. However, there is more to it than that.

Technical professionals such as engineers are woefully prepared for leadership both academically and experientially. Although colleges and universities have been talking about strengthening leadership training for technical students it is not happening. In fact, although many technical programs are moving from a four to five year curriculum, more technical requirements are being attached and very few courses to prepare the bright technical leader.

There are engineering management programs - most companies view them as "too soft" technically to hire the graduate right out of school. Technical companies want to hire technically proficient people, let them work into positions of leadership and often watch them sink or swim. That is not the intent of course but it is all too often the reality.

When the technical professional reaches a leadership position, it is almost too late to begin leadership development! It is up to the technical professional to take control of their destiny and seek out the information he or she needs to be an effective leader. It is never too soon to start. The first step is to recognize that deficiencies in leadership exist for technical professionals. The next step is to figure out what you need and where to get the information, mentoring and training.

2009 Sharon A. Youngblood. All rights reserved.




Youngblood Consulting, Inc.
P.O. Box 41236Tucson, AZ 85717







2009 Youngblood Consulting Inc.