Introduction

Why This Book

The brilliant yet borderline insane poet William Blake once wrote, “Eternity is in love with the productions of time.” I have always felt that the ability to design, create, and produce useful things that have enhanced the happiness of billions of people, now and far into the future, is a noble calling. It’s the calling of an engineer. Interestingly enough, this calling often extends to engineers taking up the mantle of leadership as well. Since more than 30 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have a degree in engineering, the field is clearly a stepping stone to business leadership at the highest level.

Engineers traditionally grow into leaders, either by exposure to valuable experience outside the engineering profession or ...

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