Moementum, Inc. Principals Moe Carrick and Jim Morris Chosen to Design and Instruct Va. Tech Leadership Course for Scientists and Engineers

Top Quote Moementum offers "Certificate in Leadership for Scientists and Engineers" program at Virginia Polytechnic University. End Quote
  • Bend, OR (1888PressRelease) January 12, 2015 - "As the scientific, design and engineering challenges confronting societies increase in complexity, we will need more and better engineers, not fewer or less skilled ones. That is one of the reasons we are so proud to be offering this program for working mid-career scientists and engineers," says Matt Earnest, Director of Continuing Professional Education at Virginia Polytechnic University (Va. Tech.) Earnest is referring to a new, cutting edge leadership development program offered through Va. Tech called the Certificate in Leadership for Scientists and Engineers (CLSE). The one of a kind program starts its first session on February 14 in Arlington, Va. The course was designed and will be facilitated by Moementum, Inc. principals Moe Carrick and Jim Morris.

    Earnest, a Va. Tech Alum and a graduate of Va. Tech's engineering program, says he selected Morris and Carrick because of their track record and experience enhancing the leadership skills of working mid-career leaders. "I know and respect Jim and Moe's work and agree with their traits-based approach to leadership development."

    The course, which spans six weeks and involves two "face-to-face" learning laboratories coupled with extensive leadership assessment and coaching sessions, also offers 5.6 CEUs for participants. Research shows that the professional competencies that make someone a good engineering leader are significantly different than those that are needed to successfully manage projects and people. For most technologists, career development focuses almost exclusively on technical competencies with no attention to broader leadership abilities. The gap in preparedness for the challenges of managing people results in a lot of failure and stalled projects. "In the United States, for example, projects of $10 million or more have a 39% failure rate. When you do a post mortem on the root cause of these failures, it almost always comes back to people, not equipment or what's on a blueprint," states Morris, who also developed and taught a similar course for Duke University in 2002.

    "We are very pleased to partner with Va. Tech to develop and instruct this course. The world needs more wholehearted leaders, especially in technical fields where using a scientific process to solve people problems is much less likely to work," said Moe Carrick, who founded Moementum in 2000. "Our mission is to help solve the world's big problems by creating great leaders and resilient organizations," Carrick added. "CLSE is a great way for us to manifest that mission."

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