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Mr. Mitchell M Winkler, P.E., R.Eng, M.ASCE

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Mr. Mitchell Winkler, P.E., R.Eng, M.ASCE


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Posted By Mitchell Winkler Dec 3, 2021 9:42 AM
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Taking a positive slant on this topic If you are are seasoned civil engineer, Collaborate is a low-cost way of giving back to the profession and being leaders. It can be as simple as lending your support where you see a good idea or best practice discussed or providing expert perspective on a topic.  ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Oct 14, 2021 2:07 PM
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Good communication is essential. On top of this, the number one tool I use is mindset that asks 1) where are we now, 2) where do we want to go and 3) how do we get there. This approach has never let me down for helping bring a group or discussion from chaos to clarity. From my personal experience, just ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Oct 1, 2021 2:02 PM
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Stu: Great article and approach. I would expand written guidance to include process maps. These could show workflow steps at a proscriptive or performance based level depending upon task and skill and experience of those performing the work. The normal sequence of a project follows a process (e.g., assessment, ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Sep 7, 2021 5:47 PM
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Being respectful of the human and material tragedies associated with major events such as Ida, I think there's huge value for practicing civil engineers – regardless of specialty - to take stock of what happened and ask questions including why did it happen and could it have been prevented.  This includes ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Sep 2, 2021 9:04 AM
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To add to the conservation: A leader in one of my former organizations use to say "feedback is a gift". This was usually targeted at the receiver, to soften a possibly difficult message.  Feedback is also a git that leaders can deliver as a means of developing staff and bringing out the best in individuals ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Aug 30, 2021 8:29 AM
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This is a great question and has prompted the following observations. 1. A performance review is a lagging indicator. 2. In an ideal world, performance is directly linked to delivering results and delivering on promises.  3. Progression generally requires looking ahead to the next career rung and starting ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Aug 4, 2021 10:06 PM
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Your post brings back a lot of bad memories: of meetings having gone off the rails, meetings turning into 'talk shops' and meetings getting hijacked. As a pre-emptive step, always make sure you have a clear set of of objectives and end in mind going into the meeting and it's been well-communicated. When ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Jul 12, 2021 8:57 AM
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I have mixed feelings on company swag. A lot of stuff I received - I'm sure all given with good intentions - fell into the category of stuff I really did not need. Also, a lot of was junk. Like Chris's pen comment, no multitool is better than a cheap knock off.   I think swag is best when it's thoughtful, ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Jun 27, 2021 2:00 PM
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Growing up I spent countless weekends with my Father and sometimes Mother and siblings exploring the remnants of the Middlesex Canal. The canal, opened in 1803, connected textile mills in Lowell MA to Boston Harbor. It operated for about 50 years before being replaced by rail. It's been recognized by ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Jun 27, 2021 2:00 PM
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Hi Charles, Here are a few suggestions. The book suggestions are not about engineering, but you will soon see the parallels and connections. Learn about the role cognitive biases play in human behavior. Three fun books: Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein Thinking Fast and Slow ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Jun 21, 2021 5:30 PM
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I read the interview with Oliver Broadbent and watched the interview with Brent Darnell. They both articulate the need for ideation to solve the problems of today and tomorrow and cite the role that cognitive biases play in disabling new ideas. I thought Darnell provided a compelling list of attributes ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Jun 2, 2021 2:19 PM
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This is a great question and I hope will spark some good discussion and insight. I think social media has many virtues - an example for me is staying in touch with far flung friends and acquaintances - but like anything, needs to be used carefully and intentionally. To this latter point, social media ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler May 12, 2021 10:04 AM
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Greg, I think your response should be a must read for all practicing engineers. You also, in your last paragraph, expressed what I have always felt in far more professional terms than I might have used. Your characterization of the PDHs as prompt also resonates with me. While I find the annual ethics ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Apr 30, 2021 9:48 AM
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I like Heidi's advice on following up on leads and connections. As for asking questions during an interview, a strategy that avoids putting people on the spot with an open ended question is to ask more directed questions that don't require a value judgment. A general approach would be to identify what's ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Apr 13, 2021 4:17 PM
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I agree this is a fun topic and insightful as well. I had the privilege of living in the Netherlands for four years.  A feature I found surprising was the amount of green space. This was despite the high population density of the country. I have no doubt this was a result of strict land control laws ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Mar 22, 2021 7:50 PM
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Something that I picked up from one of my industry colleagues late in my career was the aphorism "not to the perfect be the enemy of the good." There are times when perfection is required but many times good is acceptable. Recognizing when good is good enough allows one to save energy and earned capital ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Mar 9, 2021 11:33 AM
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I'm not a big podcast listener - maybe a generational thing - but I really enjoyed the Richest Hill, https://buttepodcast.org/. The subject of this podcast is Butte MT and the past, present and future of one of America's most notorious Superfund sites. It's a cautionary tale of boom and bust and the ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Mar 9, 2021 11:33 AM
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This sounds like a fabulous opportunity. Would you be willing to set up a presentation targeting the participants in Collaborate and Career by Design and fill up on a first come first serve basis? ------------------------------ Mitch Winkler P.E., M.ASCE Houston, TX --------------------------- ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Jan 25, 2021 3:52 PM
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As a side note, Lego offers a recycling program for used Legos. They provide a shipping label, making it easy to give. The bricks you send will be sorted and cleaned before being donated to Teach for America or Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. We sent off two large boxes of Legos from our son's childhood ...
Posted By Mitchell Winkler Jan 21, 2021 2:24 PM
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Hi Jameelah,  This is a great topic. It's one that strikes fear in my heart. There's no substitute for preparation. Some thoughts when that fails: Ask a team member or colleague if they can respond Ask for more information, e.g., try to understand what's behind the question, for additional ...