A Pocket Guide to Business for Engineers and Surveyors by H. Edmund Bergeron

By H. Edmund Bergeron

Pulling from his 30+ years of expertise operating his personal engineering and surveying  prone enterprise, Ed Bergeron gathers, in concise, useful, and sometimes fun writing, the entire details an engineer or surveyor must be aware of to develop their profession, extend their enterprise, deal with employees and tasks, comprehend the monetary and criminal elements in their paintings, and conduct themselves in a qualified and moral demeanour while facing consumers and colleagues.  either the fields of surveying and engineering are making strides in the direction of advancing their stature via more and more requiring licensure, increasing carrying on with schooling choices, and including components perform into all degrees of education.  This booklet provides the talents that differentiate the technician from the pro, and should function a device for the development of the occupation.

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It describes the end result, but it needs an action plan. Related tasks must be planned and accomplished first before the high-priority goal can be reached. For example, you may be charged with preparing a proposal for a large project and an important client, but you don’t know where to begin. Your to-do list only says “Proposal for the ACME project due November 1st,” but you are not even sure that you understand the client’s objectives not to mention the problem. ” How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

These became the accepted norm for the time and to some extent continue today. Instant gratification, accumulation of wealth, and material things became more important than the Golden Rule or high character ethics. Covey calls the last 50 years, the era of the Personal Ethic. He states that some traits of this ethic include positive mental attitude, shallow interests in others, and even deception and manipulation of others for one’s own benefit. He believes that the Personality Ethic is only a quick fix or band-aid, and it can’t be this type of beliefs that lead to our long-term success.

Review your to-do list at the end of each day to establish your list for the next day. Add the items not completed today. 4. Prioritize what must be done today. Remember the “80-20” rule. A relatively small portion, 20 percent, of the items on your to-do list are important and will provide 80 percent of the value for your effort today. Remember most small, quick and unimportant tasks fall into the 80 percent of the items that are not important. Concentrate on the important 20 percent, and you will achieve your goals.

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