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GREATER BUSINESS SUCCESS FOR ENGINEERS & SCIENTISTS

Did you know that 25% of the most successful CEOs are engineers and scientists?  There are inherent reasons why this group is so successful and also specific issues this group needs to overcome in order to be more successful in business – your strengths and weaknesses. 

Success comes from knowledge, skills and experience.  I am not an academic.  I have two engineering degrees and a business degree, including one from MIT, and I have actually been in executive roles at F100 companies, been a venture capitalist and started four companies.  Let me lay this out for you.

  1. KNOWN Knowns
    1. You are an engineer or scientist
    2. You have an interest in pursuing a career in business
    3. If you are neither an engineer nor a scientist click here to return to the homepage
  2. KNOWN Unknowns
    1. You don’t know the roadmap for business success (we have one)
    2. You don’t know where you currently stand (we have assessment quizzes)
    3. You don’t have access to resources, community and support to help you achieve business success (we have them)
  3. UNKNOWN Knowns
    1. You know a lot about yourself but don’t know their relevance to success in business
  4. UNKNOWN Unknowns
    1. I have to check with Don Rumsfeld on that

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  • They are good at reality-based thinking (judgment that is often based on ‘soft factors’ that have little, nuanced or no data – require behavioral competencies)
  • They are good at building processes and systems (business requires flexibility and ability to deal with people who are not systematic in thinking or actions)
  • They are good at systematic and linear thinking and learning (business requires non-linear thinking and integration of other people’s, often illogical, ideas from different functions or fields)
  • They are good at number crunching and driven decisions (business requires decision-making with little or no data, and often bad data)
  • They are extremely fast learners – adapt to new situations and data all the time (business requires learning behavioral and non-STEM topics that they may not be inclined towards)
  • They are very good at explaining things – logically and systematically (business requires engaging non-techies with non-linear learning styles)
  • They talk to the techs and the numbers types better than the non-quants

We will help you leverage your strengths as they pertain to business.

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  • Many engineers and scientists believe they are not (or will not be) good at leadership and business. It is also a societal stereotype (If you accept stereotypes without understanding yourself and committing to improve yourself, you are doomed)
  • Many engineers and scientists have business reluctance (have negative views about businesses, making money, wanting to be in business or succeeding in business – read more here)
  • Many engineers and scientists are introverts, and believe only extroverts can become good at business
  • The higher the educational level of engineers and scientists in science or technology, the greater their specialization and avoidance of soft skills (you are technically or scientifically competent but never invested effort to learn the soft skills required to succeed in business)
  • They tend to lack business acumen – an understanding of various business functions (particularly finance, sales and marketing) and how they relate to each other to produce business results (become silo-specialized lacking business knowledge and skills)
  • They tend to fall in love with the technology or the innovation (in business, the technology or innovation is a means to make money, not the end unto itself)
  • They tend to lead from ‘knowing’ rather than inquiry – “I know that”; “I am smarter than you”; or, “You can’t be right because you are not being logical” (everybody has their place in a business)
  • They tend to under-communicate (communications are obviously essential to business success)
  • They tend to be risk-averse because the downside to failure is high in science and technology (business requires calculated risks and a willingness to fail)
  • They like (and need) certainty in engineering and scientific fields (business requires judgment calls that are often based on incomplete facts and have uncertain outcomes)

(((OK, so you counted and see that there are more weaknesses listed than strengths.  Well, we tend to be more self-critical than non-engineers, right?!?!?)))

​We will help you minimize or eliminate your weaknesses as they pertain to business.

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C.L.I.M.B. is a systematic roadmap for business success.  You know a lot about business but do not have the different elements fitting together to help you achieve business success.  We help you identify those success factors and help tie them together so you can continue to learn and become more successful.  We will help you identify and shed your ‘baggage’, and assess (and solidify) your foundational blocks before you acquire more knowledge, skills and techniques.

Comfort Zone and Confidence.  Each of us has a comfort zone where we feel ‘safe’.  If being in business is outside your comfort zone, you need to understand and overcome it.  You must assess, build and manage your self-confidence, irrespective of your experience, title or wealth.

Leverage your Strengths.  You must leverage your known strengths for short-term results and long-term performance

Increase your Strength by adding those required for business success and also outnumber your weaknesses

Minimize (or eliminate) your weaknesses

Build on your successes to build momentum and confidence

It includes online content available 24×7; weekly coaching sessions with an MIT alumnus and seasoned business coaches who will address specific issues in each module on the roadmap; in-person events and retreats for ‘deep dives’ in particular success elements and more – see answers to ‘Resources’ below.

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This program was conceived and put together by Ram V. Iyer, an MIT graduate with a business degree from the Sloan School of Management.  Ram works with people wanting to succeed in business – he lives and breathes it.  He will guide you from experiences (successes and failures), a place of knowledge (MIT education, an engineering degree and two masters degrees, including one in business), different business experiences (startups, small, midsize and Fortune100 companies) and different roles (engineering, operations, strategy, sales, executive, entrepreneurship, head cook and bottle washer) for over 30 years.  

He has worked for Boeing and Lucent, and started three companies, is an renowned expert on midsize companies and hosts two podcasts on business.  He has interviewed several hundred business leaders across the United States, Germany and India.  His colleagues are seasoned business people who have ‘been there, done that’ in various business roles.  The advisors are among the ‘Who’s Who’ in various elements for business success.

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Business success requires many elements – knowledge, skills, intelligence (emotional and smarts), specific actions, networks and judgment.  There was no one place where you could go and get this range – until now.  Almost every group out there that offers assistance works on one aspect, but business success is not achieved with a ‘one-trick pony’ – you need a range of elements for greater business success.

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You spent 4 years in college getting a basic degree and perhaps 2 years in business school getting an MBA.  How long this will take depends upon where you are.  Moreover, you should view this as an ongoing investment in yourself – getting better and achieving greater success every day.

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A lot depends on where you are.  We have designed a series of quizzes (assessments) that will give you a quick idea of where you stand and what gaps you need to fill.

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We believe it will.  That’s why we have been investing – and will continue to invest – our blood and sweat to build this program for anybody around the world who is seriously committed to achieving business success.  We will do our part; you need to commit to doing yours.  Together, we can help you achieve greater business success; and, we will help you – every day!

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  1. A list of business success factors and details on each of them.
  2. Additional detailed quizzes that allow you to ‘deep dive’.
  3. A Knowledge Center with blogposts, articles, podcasts, books, thoughts,…
  4. A community of fellow business thinkers whom you can access for guidance and support
  5. A private community for members where you can access specific groups of people – fellow members as well as external experts – who can provide specific expertise.
  6. A marketplace where you will find products and service providers who can help you with specific aspects of the 20 business success factors.
  7. A gift store of products that could inspire and support you on the journey to greater business success.
  8. A large media wiki where users can contribute content for business success.
  9. A weekly newsletter on the 20 business success factors – news you can use.

Every day, we learn new insights into achieving greater business success and those will become blog posts, podcasts and events soon after.

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Yes you can.  We understand some people are in a rush to start achieving results quickly.  We work with individuals on a limited basis.  Let us first have a conversation to make sure we are a good fit and understand your expectations.  Please send an email to info (at) businessthinking.com.

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There are different packages of services from which you can choose.  Please scroll down to the bottom of this page and choose the one that suits you best.  If you choose one of the coaching packages, we will arrange a time for us to speak.  We want to ensure that your expectations can be met with our program/s.

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ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE

ONLINE 24 x 7 :

 Knowledge Center

 Mental Models for Better Decision-making

 Weekly Podcasts

All Success Tools

New quiz every week

Quiz summary – to compare yourself

Community-Members Forum

 

 

 

 

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BUSINESS SUCCESS FACTOR

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