Mastering the Transition from Technical Expert to Leader

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Course Overview

Increase your awareness of the common pitfalls you’ll face as you move into management, and bolster your skills and knowledge to make the transition a success.

Learn how to:

  • Identify the challenges of the transition to management
  • Examine the functions and roles of a manager versus a leader
  • Identify the skills needed to become an effective manager and leader
  • Implement effective management techniques
  • Continue improving your management performance on the job

Throughout the course, your instructor will emphasize the skills required to effectively motivate and supervise others.

Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers
  • Engineering managers
  • Technical professionals transitioning to supervisory roles

Additional Information

This course is part of the Technical Leadership Certificate. Course may be taken individually as well.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Course Introduction / Individual Introduction 
  • Your Role as a Manager/Leader
    • Differences Between Management and Leadership
    • 3 Focus Tiers of Leadership
      • Individual
      • Teams/Groups
      • Organizational
  • Delegation
  • Prioritization

Day 2

  • Day 1 Takeaways
  • Communication
  • Leadership styles
  • Team Motivation 

Day 3

  • Day 2 Take-aways
  • Business Skills
    • Metrics
    • Strategy
    • Innovation
  • Evolving from Technical Expert to Team Leader
    • Influencing
    • Embracing Diversity

Day 4

  • Performance Management
  • Executive Presence
  • Powerful Presentations
  • Managing through Disruption
  • Bringing It All Back Together

Testimonials

“Great work, really impressed with the level of engagement we got from the class! This was the most engaged virtual class I've had yet.”
Online Student, Fall 2020 

"I've taken several internal management classes. This is by far the highest-quality management class I've taken. Highly recommend."
Doug Eberle, Southwest Research Institute

"I basically needed PDHs–this looked like an interesting class. It turned out to be the best in content and instruction that I have had."
Ronald Bowman, Self-employed

"Learned things I'd never been exposed to before in my education or career."
Aaron Vanmoer, Lyon County Highway Department

"Great tools to utilize and improve my skills as a manager."
Jeff Van Sickel, POWER Engineers, Inc.

"Great content – good pace – well worth taking the time."
Bob Baldwin, Southern California Edison

Instructors

Susan Ottmann

Susan Ottmann is a graduate program director for Engineering Professional Development, in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She leads the non-credit professional programs and the online degrees in Manufacturing Systems and Engineering Data Analytics. She teaches courses in technical leadership and technical project management for both credit and professional development programs.

Susan has more than 25 years of industrial engineering experience in multiple engineering, marketing, manufacturing and leadership roles for a number of multinational companies. In the 10 years prior to joining UW-Madison, she led global business for Danaher and Thermo Fisher Scientific. In these roles she was responsible for teams in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Her education includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon and an M.S. in Management from North Carolina State University. She is active in the Society of Women Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. In her free time, Susan volunteers with the Goodwill VITA Tax Program and is a board member for the Lake Waubesa Sailing Club.

Heather Smith

Heather Smith is a program director for the Office of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs at UW-Madison. She is responsible for the online Master’s degree program in Engineering Management and teaches Leadership and Project Management courses. Heather is known as a motivational leader with a focus on adaptability and risk management. She has over 18 years of experience in the test and measurement sector at National Instruments as both an engineer and a leader. Smith has a track record of leading high-risk projects for consumer electronics, RF, solar, and the oil and gas industries. Her focus on international projects brought together a diverse set of partners, suppliers and customers onto teams dedicated to the project goal. She credits her success with building a team culture of trust and respect, where candor, continuous learning, and building a listening culture is vibrant.

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