Leadership - Part 1
is not necessarily leadership. The two are not identical. Princeton
University WordNet defines a manager as "someone who controls
resources and expenditures". It is the person who takes what
is provided and does the best job possible with the tools at hand.
They go on to define a leader as "a person who rules or guides
or inspires others". What we need are more CAD Leaders! Leaders
think long range. Leaders understand the needs of the company
and how they fit in. Leaders know where to go next. Leaders do
not make others fit into their mold.
ability to Lead will impact several areas for which you company
can profit if you take the reigns and make things happen.
As you lead the charge to greater productivity, it will be your
insight into areas that could easily be automated or eliminated.
Quite often the front line users do not have the perspective that
you have since they are focused intently on the job at hand. They
may know of the repetitive nature of some of their work, but do
not realize that everyone can benefit from automating a task.
Adherence to your CAD Standard
No one is going to know what is in the CAD Standard or why they
need to follow it. This may seem like a management topic, but
it involves leadership to coerce, cajole, encourage, remind, refine,
and explain the standard. The leadership comes in constantly reviewing
the "why" of the standard. Most users do not mind following
a standard. In the absence of a standard, most users will make
up their own. Your job as leader is to map out a path, point the
troops in the right direction and check the compass to make course
Advancement of Technology
No one knows the pulse of the production floor like the CAD Manager.
They know from day top day where the bottlenecks are and what
tools may get them through the rough spots. By keeping upper management
informed of what the next software tool should be, they can make
sure that the wish list is always up to date and ready to put
By actively keeping the direct negotiations with vendors at the
forefront, the CAD Leader can save untold amounts of money by
seeking lower pricing, garnering NFR software, free demos, training
material, free seminars, etc.