Index – How Successful Engineers Become Great Business Leaders

Index

Accelerated learning, 4244

applying, 4446

business application, 46

feedback and, 4344

leadership skills, and behaviors, 46

and myopic thinking, 109111

and planning fallacy, 108109

Achievement, 45

approaches for maximizing, 1011

law of risk and reward for, 910

Actions, 21

Active listening, 33

Activity, versus goal, 56

Add value, versus taking up space, 79

Adverse habits

butterflies in wrong stomach, 116117

excessive Ahabism, 121122

foie gras persuasion, 117118

gilding lily, 119120

landing without skill, 120121

lost in logic, 118

Mensa madness, 124

overview of, 115116

perfection before production, 118119

solution monopolist, 123

winners addiction, 122123

All-round leadership excellence, is myth, 3536

AlphaGo, 4243

Anecdotes, versus evidence, 81

Artificial intelligence (AI), 4243

Asset allocation, 58

Assumptions, and reality-based thinking, 37

Authority, 129, 131132

Banner, work under different, 54

Baseless exuberance, 105106

Baseline thinking, for planning fallacy, 56, 109

Behavior

importance of, 2829

and selective strategy execution, 142

Behavioral distinction, 73

on organizational culture, impact of, 82

Beliefs, 28

Berkhout, Marcel, interview of, 6667

Bhakta, Paresh, interview of, 134135

Biases, defined, 102

Big business goals

achievement, 45

extraordinary achievements, small differences create, 9

introduction to, 34

law of risk and reward for, 910

maximizing results, approaches for, 1011

power laws for, 78

right goals, selection of, 1114

skill and talent, overestimation of, 67

Boost signal, and effective leadership behavior, 6970

Breedveld, Stépan, interview of, 113114

Building legacy, versus leaving trail, 8283

Business leader

expanding your impact as, 147148

important task of, 41

Business process review (BPR), 34

Business stakeholders, 127

Butterflies in wrong stomach, 116117

Campfire songs organization, 20

Cargo cult thinking, 67, 103

Chalk outline, 27

Clarity, and goal-achieving, 144145, 155

Client connections

authority, 129, 131132

building trust, 128129

consistency, 129, 130

liking, 129, 131

overview of, 127128

reciprocation, 129

referrals, 128

scarcity, 129, 132133

social proof, 129, 130131

Cognitive bias, 6

Cognitive dissonance, 104106

Columbus confusion, 72

Committed, versus involved, 7778

Compound improvement, and selective strategy execution, 142

Confession parameter, 27

Connection, 1920

Consistency, 129, 130

Corporate fantasy, and Valley of Death, 55

Cost reduction, 5859, 94

Culture, elements of, 73

Customers, and strategic quitting, 9394

Decision boldness. See Triage

Decisions driven by data, 37

Delayed learning, 4344

Delegation, 9697

Digital problems, 61

Direct measurement, for goals, 27

Diversification, 58

Do-or-die strategy. See Strategic boldness

Doomsday beliefs, 104106

Doomsday thinking, 105

Dunning–Kruger effect, 6

Effective training, 92

Effectiveness, and executive judgment, 3840

80/20 rule, 7, 9192

Elimination, and strategic quitting, 97

Emotional quotient (EQ), 3334

Engineered process, 42

Engineering strengths

accelerated learning, 4246

all-round leadership excellence, is myth, 3536

deploying your, 4748

developing strengths, 3334

driving growth goals, 4850

process design, 4042

reality-based thinking, 3740

recognizing super-talents, 36

Evidence versus anecdotes, 81

Excessive Ahabism, 121122

Execution, and goal-achieving, 146, 156

Executive judgment, 38

accelerated learning, overcomes

myopic thinking, 109111

planning fallacy, 108109

faculty, engaging your, 101103

implementing process, to avoid mistakes, 111112

overview of, 101

process design, overcomes mental substitution, 107108

reality-based thinking, overcomes

cognitive dissonance, 104106

coherent stories, fallacy of, 103104

Semmelweis reflex, 106107

Exploring options, 61

External measurement, for goals, 27

Extraordinary achievements, small differences and, 9

Failing fast, 64

Failure, common-cause, 64

Feasibility, and executive judgment, 3840

Feedback, and accelerated learning, 4344

Feelings, 21

Flash testing, 44, 46

Focus, and selective strategy execution, 141142, 145146, 155

Foie gras, 117118

Follower, versus student, 7576

Fuzzy problems, 61

Giving your word, versus honoring your word, 8081

Go, board game, 4243

Goal

versus activity, 56

measuring progress on, 2628

Goal-achieving blueprint

building blocks of, 144146, 155156

business leader, expanding your impact as, 147148

overview of, 139140

selective strategy execution. See Selective strategy execution

speed, and simplicity, importance of, 140141

Go/no go criteria, 117

Good plan, 63

Good vision, 22

Growth goals, 4850

applying strategic quitting for, 8991

Hallway lip service, 53

Hedgehog reflex, 54

High-performance organization, 50

High-performance team, 24

Honoring your word, versus giving your word, 8081

Human brain, simplified model of, 5657

Imminent failure, warning signs of, 5354

Inclusive teamwork, 33

Indirect measurement, for goals, 27

Information graveyard, 54

Innovation, 48, 93

Intermediate predefined milestone, 63

Internal measurement, for goals, 27

Involved, versus committed, 7778

Jian, interview of, 8384

Kregting, Aloys, interview of, 9899

Kryptonite habits, 115116, 125

butterflies in wrong stomach, 116117

excessive Ahabism, 121122

foie gras persuasion, 117118

gilding lily, 119120

landing without skill, 120121

lost in logic, 118

Mensa madness, 124

perfection before production, 118119

solution monopolist, 123

winners addiction, 122123

Law of risk and reward, 910

Leadership behaviors, effective

add value versus taking up space, 79

boost signal and, 6970

building a legacy versus leaving a trail, 8283

committed versus involved, 7778

decreasing noise, 7071

evidence versus anecdotes, 81

honouring your word versus giving your word, 8081

overview of, 69

ownership versus victimhood, 75

playing to win versus playing not to lose, 7374

poka yoke, principles of, 7172

results versus process, 7879

serving versus pleasing, 78

speaking with clarity versus speaking in code, 80

student versus follower, 7576

substance versus symbolism, 7677

Leadership, twin engines of, 1920

Leaving a trail, versus building a legacy, 8283

Liking, 129, 131

Lily gilding, 119120

Lizard brain, 5657, 88

Logic, lost in, 118

Luck, for achievement, 45

Magical thinking, 3839

Marketing, 48

Meetings, purpose of, 95

Mensa madness, 124

Mental substitution, 107108

Mindsets, 28

to achieve goals, importance of, 2122

Momentum fallacy, 90

Moral licensing, 76

Myopic optimization, 62

Natural laws, 45

Neocortex, 56

Noise, and effective leadership behavior, 7071

Norms, 110

Obsession, 36

Oostwegel, Erik, interview of, 125126

Options, defined, 59

Organizational culture

behavioral distinctions, impact of, 82

Kryptonite habits, impact of, 125

Organizational goals, clarity on, 2526

Organizational paralysis, 57

Outsourcing, 97

Overcoming obstacles

achieving goals, options for, 5961

decisions for, 6465

new initiatives, failure of, 5657

reasons for, 5355

Valley of Death. See Valley of Death

Ownership, versus victimhood, 75

Pareto rule, 7

Pattern recognition, for problem solving, 4546

Peak performance fallacy, 34

Perfect clarity

on behaviors, 2829

on measuring growth progress, 2628

mindsets to achieve goals, 2122

on organizational goals, 2526

overview of, 1920

on personal goals, 2324

on team goals, 2425

on vision, 2223

Performance review, 9293

Personal goals, clarity on, 2324

Planning fallacy, 5556

accelerated learning and, 108109

baseline thinking for, 56

Plausibility, 108109

Playing not to lose, versus playing to win, 7374

Playing to win, versus playing not to lose, 7374

Pleasing, versus serving, 78

Poka yoke, principles of, 7172

Portfolio thinking, 47, 61, 63

Power law

of prime knowledge, 8

of prime location, 78

of prime time, 8

Pre-mortem exercise, 111112

Probability, 108109

Process

defined, 40

design, engineering strength, 4041

applying, 42

business application, 46

leadership skills, and behaviors, 46

versus results, 7879

Procrastination, 56, 88

strategies to overcome, 5859

Production, perfection before, 118119

Psychology of achievement, 21

Quick goal exercise, 2324

Razor’s edge, 9

Reality-based thinking, 45

applying, 3840

business application, 46

and cognitive dissonance, 104106

and coherent stories, fallacy of, 103104

components of, 3738

leadership skills, and behaviors, 46

and Semmelweis reflex, 106107

Reciprocation, 129

Referral, 128

Reporting, and strategic quitting, 9596

Restart button, 54

Results, 21

versus process, 7879

Reverse countdown, 53

Reverse engineered process, 42

Right goals, selection of, 1114

Risk, downside, ways to mitigate, 13

Role model, 29

Rosetto, Luca, interview of, 5152

Rules of thumb, 4546

Safe endeavor, 4748

Sanders, Jan-Willem, x

Scarcity, 129, 132133

Scientism, 103104

Selective strategy execution, 141

case study for, 143144

elements for, 141143

and engineering strengths, 147

extending blueprint for, 144146

Self-selecting bias, 3738

Semmelweis reflex, 106107

Servant leadership, 33

Serving, versus pleasing, 78

Shallow learning, 43

Simplicity, 7172, 140141

Skill

for achievement, 45

landing without, 120121

overestimation of, 67

Slow learning, 43

Smoking gun, 27

Social proof, 129, 130131

Soft skills, 3334

Solution monopolist, 123

Speaking in code versus with clarity, 80

Speed, 140141

Spider line, for leader, 28

Standardization, poka yoke element, 72

Stock market, long-term investing in, 47

Strategic boldness, 62

Strategic quitting

for achieving strategic goals, 8991

effectiveness of, 8889

in job, applying, 9697

in organization, applying, 9196

overview of, 8788

Strategy, 48

Strategy execution, 139140

Student, versus follower, 7576

Substance, versus symbolism, 7677

Success, common-cause, 64

Super-talents, 36

Superman stereotype, 34

Symbolic thinking, 39

Symbolism, versus substance, 7677

Systematic behavior testing, 41

Systematic thinking bias, 3738

Taking up space, versus add value, 79

Talent, for achievement, 45

overestimation of, 67

Team goals, clarity on, 2425

Thinking filters, 22

Thoughts, and achievement, 21

Time horizons, 64

Trim tab leadership, 148

Trust building, 128129

elements of, 129133

Utopian thinking, 39

Valley of Death, 5455

applying alternatives while crossing, 6364

corporate fantasy and, 55

exploring options before entering into, 6162

ignoring, is dangerous, 5556

strategic quitting and, 8797

strategies to overcome, 5859

Victimhood, versus ownership, 75

Vision, 1920

creating a, 2223

Vital few phenomenon, 7, 64

Volvo, 44

Winners addiction, 122123

Working in versus on business, 4849

Zero-based thinking, 9091