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Matt Schlegel, Author at UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley

A seasoned high tech leader with over 20 years of leadership and technology experience, Matt Schlegel provides consulting services in the areas of team leadership, product development, and manufacturing partnerships. Matt founded Enncorporation to deliver collaboration tools that help clients align teams around strategic initiatives and operate their businesses more effectively. After graduating from Harvey Mudd College with a degree in Engineering and UC San Diego with an MS in Electrical Engineering/Applied Physics, Matt was granted a Mombusho Scholarship to conduct research at the University of Tokyo. The following 3 years were spent living, studying and working in Japan. Leaving Japan, Matt returned to his native San Francisco Bay Area where he has spent nearly 20 years working in a number of engineering, management and consulting roles.

Mirroring 3.0 – Rapport Building and the Enneagram

Mirroring 3.0 – Rapport Building and the Enneagram

This post describes how the Enneagram can be used as a tool to help you build rapport with new acquaintances. Whereas the previous posts described mirroring physical appearance and physical behavior, this post uses the Enneagram to understand motivational styles.  The Enneagram describes 9 different styles, each with its own set of motivations.  The idea […]

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Mirroring 2.0 – Rapport Building and NLP

Mirroring 2.0 – Rapport Building and NLP

This post describes neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and how it can be used as a tool to help you build rapport with new acquaintances.  NLP describes 3 different styles.  The idea is to understand your own style, identify the style of your new acquaintance, and adjust your style to match or mirror that of your acquaintance. […]

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Mirroring 1.0 – Rapport Building and Physical Appearance

Mirroring 1.0 – Rapport Building and Physical Appearance

How you appear really does matter to the people you meet. How you dress and your posture send a message. You can tailor that message to have an impact on your new acquaintances. This post describes techniques to help you tailor your look to help you put people at ease in a way that will […]

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Building Rapport Quickly

Building Rapport Quickly

Is a new person joining your project team? Are you managing a new team of people? Are you meeting a customer or prospective customer for the first time? There are a number of situations in which a program manager needs to quickly establish a trusting relationship with a new acquaintance in order to be effective. […]

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Spaces, Points and the Brain

Spaces, Points and the Brain

I was speaking with a project manager the other day who complained that his boss was always telling him to just get to the point. Translating complex issues down to a single point proved difficult for this person and the situation frustrated both the boss and the project manager. What makes one person comfortable focusing […]

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Project Mangers, Points and the Space in between

Project Mangers, Points and the Space in between

How might we apply the observations Richard Nisbett made in his book Geography of Thought to the project-driven workplace? Is there a Workplace of Thought? And, if so, can our understanding of the Workplace of Thought help us manage our project stakeholders more effectively? During my career, I made the transition from engineer to project […]

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Building Rapport – East and West

Building Rapport – East and West

Recently one of my clients sent a team of engineers to Japan. For most of the team this was their first visit to that country. Before going, they asked me to brief them on some of the cultural issues they might encounter. There is a long list of things to watch out for, from beer […]

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Bully Reaction

Bully Reaction

Extraordinary leaders can, at times, exhibit bully-like behavior.  Sometimes they can slip into and out of that behavioral mode unknowingly, unaware of the effects their behavior has on others.  I have interviewed such leaders and their staff members and will share some insights. I have asked self-aware leaders – who have a sense of when […]

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Bully by Experience

Bully by Experience

Bullies both scare and fascinate me.  Observing both the child bully and the adult bully, it is interesting to see how their techniques become more sophisticated as the bully matures. Also, it is interesting to see how later sophistication is still based fundamentally on playground behavior.  I will describe two hauntingly similar scenarios, one involving […]

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Bully by Nature

Bully by Nature

There seems to be a certain type of person inclined to bully-like behavior by nature.  Bully-like behavior is generally not revealed until the potential bully is under stress and his or her security is threatened in some way.  The workplace, like the schoolyard, can be conducive to such threatening situations. What is the nature of […]

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The Bully and The New Kid

The Bully and The New Kid

When I was young, my family moved around a lot.  Not until high school did I attend the same school two years in a row.  When you are the new kid, you inevitably meet the welcoming committee:  the class bully and his minions. Having to deal with these encounters year after year, I found I […]

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All in the Family

All in the Family

One of my clients is a small-sized, innovative technology company that has been in business for over 20 years. It is a self-funded, privately-held company with no venture backing. The company is like a family; it is not uncommon for an employee to say they have been with the company over 15 years. At no […]

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The Strong Boss

The Strong Boss

One of my clients is a strong leader. She is a strategic thinker and as smart as they come. She guides herself and her team to the delivery of consistently great results. Yet, she complains to me that her team fails to think for themselves. As such, she has to maintain a hands-on approach and […]

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You’re Emotional, Too

You’re Emotional, Too

Are you emotional? If you are reading this you probably are. Are you *too* emotional? That depends. This statement infers that a judgment is being made. The person who would make that statement would be responding to an emoting person. I have been in situations where one person tells another that they are being “too […]

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Do Worry, Be Happy

Do Worry, Be Happy

I am a professional worrier.  Yes, at times I actually feel like I get paid to worry.  What could go wrong with this, what could go wrong with that, what are the mitigation plans?  This was true when I was a project manager and an engineering manager. But, with those positions I was also responsible […]

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Problem Solving and Shared Leadership

Problem Solving and Shared Leadership

In the previous blog I described how the numbers of the Enneagram are the sequence in which humans would naturally solve problems.  As an engineering manager, when I was challenged to address some large structural problems like the type I described in the first blog of this series, I looked to the Enneagram to provide […]

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Problem Solving and the Enneagram

Problem Solving and the Enneagram

In the previous blog, I provided you with a link to a blog about a problem-solving tool that I am describing in detail on the SD Forum Engineering Leadership SIG (ELSIG) blog site: http://sdforumelsig.blogspot.com/search?q=matt+schlegel And, while you will find the steps of that problem-solving approach in the ELSIG blog, I include them here for your […]

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A Book about Problem Solving

A Book about Problem Solving

I am writing a book. I plan to finish writing this book by the end of March 2010, and  plan to publish it by the end of March 2011. Those are my big goals.  The book is about solving problems, and not just any problem, but solving a specific class of problems. It is the […]

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