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Often we engineers have perspectives and priorities that are different from those of our managers. Engineers work on technical designs that usually involve physical, logical, and budgetary constraints, while managers, on their higher plane of existence, juggle multiple projects and are mainly constrained by personnel, time, and task budgets. To make matters worse, not all managers have a natural aptitude for managing—most were engineers chosen for their new duties because of their excellent technical or project skills.

Building strong relationships with your managers—and learning to be an effective manager yourself—is critical to career success, and nothing builds a relationship like doing the right thing—the right thing from your manager's perspective. But you have to know what that is. What do managers want?

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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