These Non-Technical Competencies
Will Help You Earn Career Security

Whether you are an employee, independent consultant, or entrepreneur, technical competencies are necessary, but not sufficient, for personal success and fulfillment. This observation applies whether you are in the private, public, academic, or volunteer sectors. Non-technical or “soft side” competencies enable you to work more effectively with supervisors, supervisees, colleagues, clients, customers, students, the public, other stakeholders, and members of your community, neighborhood, and family. Augmenting technical competencies with “soft-side” knowledge, skills, and attitudes is the key to earning career security which is a much more viable life strategy than chasing job security.

"No matter how dysfunctional the present, no matter how sensible the reasons for change, most people and organizations would rather wring out the old than ring in the new."

- Tim Hurson, coach, trainer, speaker, author


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ARCHIVED SCOPE CREEP WEBINAR OFFERS YOU CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS – As part of ASCE’s continuing education program, I recently presented the updated webinar “Scope Creep: Focus on Prevention and Improve Project Performance.” It offers 10 ways to prevent uncompensated SC and 5 ways to resolve SC, if it arises during a project. For information about how to purchase this archived webinars, and to earn CEUs, click here.

INITIAL SALES OF GLOBAL EDITION OF CREATIVITY/INNOVATION BOOK – Pearson Education published the Global Edition of my book Introduction to Creativity and Innovation for Engineers part way into 2017. This followed the earlier publication of the North American edition. Most of the initial sales of the Global Edition occurred in Singapore, Malaysia, and Poland with scattered sales elsewhere.

WORKING SMARTER PRESENTATION AT STATE CONFERENCE – I presented “Design Fixation: Fix It and Innovate More” at the June Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The fact that this was a well-received presentation (based on standing room only!) may reflect the desire of some engineers to do more creative/innovative work. The presentation’s content could be tailored to your organization and presented as a one-hour webinar or on-site event. It could also be expanded to a half-day workshop during which some of your technical or non-technical design and other problems could be addressed. Interested? Contact me at stuwalesh@comcast.net or 219-242-1704.

ARCHIVED WEBINARS - Since 2002, I have presented 330 webinars as part of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) continuing education program. Twenty of my leadership, management, marketing, communication, and ethics webinars are archived and available for purchase at individual, group, ASCE member, and non-ASCE member rates. By taking and passing a post-test, users receive CEUs based on the webinar length. Note: Any of the webinar topics can be presented in-house at your organization in which case we would tailor them to your challenging issues, problems, and opportunities. Contact me at stuwalesh@comcast.net or 219-242-1704 for more information. For examples of clients I have served and services provided, click here.

EINSTELLUNG EFFECT PAPER AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE – I will present “Avoid Being Stung by Einstellung: Then Innovate” in July at the annual conference of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in Las Vegas, NV. 


Are You Looking For?

Looking for a gift for a recent college graduate who wants to have a successful career? Then consider one of these books: Introduction to Creativity and Innovation for Engineers, Engineering Your Future, and Managing and Leading.

This Website Will Enable You To Improve Your "Soft Side" Competencies and Release The Leader Within You

So called nontechnical, “soft side” competencies are often devalued or diminished. They are said to be of little importance or easy. “Soft side” competencies are neither.

Too many professionals fail to advance in their careers – to acquire career security – because they lack “soft side” knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Sometimes they do not realize their liability. We need to know something is “broken” if we are to “fix” it. In other cases, individuals know they have “soft side” deficiencies but fail to see the value in taking corrective action. Either way, the result is the same – failure to realize individual potential, to find and release the leader within.

If you recognize the value of “soft side” competencies you also know that they are not necessarily easy to acquire. Mastering nontechnical competencies requires knowledge of best practices and then thoughtful application of them. This website provides resources to help you practice improved stewardship with your gifts and your personality profile and make better use of who you are and what and who you know.


Thoughts For Supervisors, Managers, Executives,
Elected and Appointed Officials, and
Human Resources Personnel
To Help You With Your Mentoring and Coaching Efforts

You are responsible for the development of supervisees and others. You are also busy. Please consider two suggestions.

  1. If study of specific nontechnical or “soft-side” topics is likely to be of value to certain supervisees and others, refer them to this website or specific portions of it, such as the Managing and Leading Books.


  2. Some “soft side” needs or deficiencies may go beyond individuals, that is, many individuals at one or more locations need help. For example, individuals may be working extra hard but not achieving as much as you and they would like. In this case, perhaps an on-site, face-to-face seminar or workshop about time management, effectiveness and efficiency, goal setting, and/or team essentials would be appropriate. Another option, and often a very cost-effective approach for simultaneous delivery to two or more locations, is a webinar, that is, use of the internet and a telephone conference call for which no one needs to travel anywhere. If the group mode of education and training interests you, for examples, please refer to the web page Tailored Education and Training. If you would like to discuss the feasibility of tailoring a seminar, webinar, or workshop to your organization’s needs, please call me at 219-242-1704 or contact me at stuwalesh@comcast.net.

Final Thought

We seem to be under ever-increasing pressure to increase productivity, to accomplish more with what we have and, sometimes, to do more with less. At a deeper level, many of us aspire to be even better stewards of our time and talents. At the very deepest level, we yearn for more than personal success; we seek significance in what we do. We want to get beyond ourselves, positively affect others, and make a difference. This requires managing and leading ability.

You can improve your managing and leading knowledge, skills, and attitudes – your “soft side” competencies—so that you can remain employable, earn career security, and enjoy success and significance.

Stuart G. Walesh


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Introduction to Creativity and Innovation for Engineers
Introduction to Creativity and Innovation for Engineers

Managing and Leading: 52 Lessons Learned for Engineers
Managing and Leading: 52 Lessons Learned for Engineers

Engineering Your Future
Engineering Your Future

Introduction to Creativity and Innovation for Engineers  Global Edition
Introduction to Creativity and
Innovation for Engineers -
Global Edition

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44 Lessons Learned for Pharmacists
Managing and Leading:
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