Engineering and Leadership Podcast

The Engineering and Leadership Podcast is here to help engineers at any level thrive. Host Pat Sweet discusses management, leadership, productivity, and professional development, specifically as they apply to engineers and engineering teams.
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Mar 29, 2021

We all go to school expecting to learn the skills we need to succeed in the real world. As engineers, we probably felt  confident that  would end our degrees equipped with everything we needed to build strong careers and climb the ranks. Armed with knowledge of AutoCAD and second-order differential equations, there would be nothing we couldn't handle.

For anyone who's been in the workforce for any length of time knows, however, is just how far that is from the truth. That's why author, engineer, CTO and veteran MIT instructor Mark Herschberg wrote The Career Toolkit: Essential Skills for Success that No One Taught You. After teaching in MIT's Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program for nearly 20 years, combined with senior leadership experience in startups and fortune 500s, Mark learned exactly what skills engineers needed to thrive and how to teach them.

In today's episode, I interview Mark to learn more about:

  • The essential skills he believes you need to succeed as an engineering leader
  • Why universities don't do a better job of teaching skills beyond the technical necessities
  • What makes management so hard - How to start leading others on the first day of your career

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Download our free guide to leadership for engineers - Engineering Leadership 101: Practical Insights for Becoming an Engineering Leader at Any Stage

Mar 22, 2021

In today's episode, I speak with Andrew Hinkelman, leadership coach and former CTO of Parametric, a fintech startup recently acquired by Morgan Stanley, about leadership and management in the technical world, and how to set yourself up for success as a leader in tech.

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Mar 13, 2021

In today's episode, I interview Dr. Katrina Burrus about the challenges technical experts face when moving in to management, the importance of cultural fit, and the kinds of skills you need to succeed as a manager.

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Feb 6, 2021

In this week’s episode, I interview Josh Mathias, the Managing Director at the Hythe Group, a multi-disciplinary engineering firm from the UK on leadership, management, and his ascent from the shop floor to the corner office. 

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Jan 16, 2021

In this week’s episode, I share five things that nobody tells you when you transition into engineering management. It's a summary of the biggest lessons learned in my own career, and how to put them to work for you.

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Dec 11, 2020

In this week’s episode, I share three strategies for future-proofing your career so that you can move forward with confidence, even in a pandemic. You’ll hear advice on gaining career clarity, beating impostor syndrome, and establishing yourself as a leader, along with my co-host Jeff Perry. 

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Nov 25, 2020

In this week’s episode, I Interview Steve Foran, a professional engineer whose career took a major turn nearly 15 years ago, when he launched a company to help make people happier through gratitude. Steve’s mission is simple, yet incredibly daunting: Make 1 Billion Happier People. I ask Steve about the importance of his mission, how gratitude helps leaders, and what engineering managers can do today to start practicing gratitude each and every day.

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Nov 17, 2020

In this episode, I explore a WWII-era guide to "Simple Sabotage" published by the CIA's predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services. It explains how disgruntled citizens of foreign nations can do little things to be disruptive and cause trouble.

As it so happens, the section on disrupting the way organizations work reads like a modern organization's playbook. Without realizing it, the modern workplace looks almost designed to disrupt the normal operations of a business.

I focus on five of the most common sabotaging behaviours that I see in the workplace today and offer ideas on how to avoid them.

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Nov 9, 2020

In this episode, I interview Pam Scott, Founder of, about feedback. We discuss common problems that she sees in her coaching practice and gives practical guidance on how to address those problems.

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Sep 27, 2020

In this episode, I give a sneak peak into my engineering productivity course and give away five of my best tips to help engineers prioritize their work. If you'd like to learn more, see the show notes at

Sep 20, 2020

In this episode, I have a conversation with Matthew G. Dick, author of SEED: A Hard Science Fiction Novel about Survival, Colonization, and Leadership. Matthew is an experienced engineering manager who recently completed his first novel. He shares his experience writing the book, how he balanced work with a major side project, and how he has developed his own leadership skills through the experience.

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Sep 12, 2020

In this episode, I interview Sol Rosenbaum of about strategies for finding your next engineering job, especially during a pandemic. We cover modern job search techniques, networking, using LinkedIn, interview skills, and much more. 

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Aug 30, 2020

In this episode, I provide 8 of the specific strategies I use to process email, keep my inbox clean, and focus more time on what really matters - getting work done.

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Free Productivity Guide

Need more time in your week? My free guide, Finding the 6th Day An Engineer's Quick Guide to Making More Time Now is a productivity guide built specifically for engineers to create 8 hours of productive time this week.

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Aug 24, 2020

In this episode, I discuss impostor syndrome with Jeff Perry from We dig in to what it is, how it affects engineers, and how to manage it if you're ever faced with it in your own career. 

Aug 19, 2020

In this episode, I discuss the the importance of recognition, how it can influence your engineering team for the better, the risks of not recognizing your engineers, and simple - yet effective - ways to recognize people, even during a pandemic. 

Aug 9, 2020

In this episode, I discuss the value of disconnecting and getting away. Disrupting your normal work habits to make time and space to think deeply can yield wonderful results in terms of generating new and innovative ideas. Everyone needs time away from the office.

Aug 1, 2020

In this episode, I explore the importance of saying no in order to focus your attention on what's most important - your goals. Effective work - work that actually helps you achieve your goals - is reliant on being able to say no to things that don't line up with those goals. The episode also gives some concrete advice on how to deliver a "no" while still being professional.

Jul 30, 2020

In this episode, I explore leadership, what it is, what it isn't, and how engineers at every level can exhibit leadership and make a difference in their organization.

Jul 26, 2020

Get re-acquainted with the Engineering and Leadership Podcast and hear about what I have in store for the next season. You'll hear about what's been going on with host Pat Sweet, the show format, and about some of the episodes that will be released in the coming weeks.

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