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Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Irony of big tech stocks run by accountants while McDonalds is run by an Engineer
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/18/2014 2:04:38 AM
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McDonald's & Bank-of-America – Hmphhh.  Amazingly, high-tech pioneers like Motorola and Nokia were often capped by marketing and accounting majors; which was always frustrating to the thousands of technical savvy engineers in the ranks, often baffled by bonehead business decisions mis-leveraging great technology. 

Lee Iococca and John DeLorean – now there were two visionary engineers!

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Re: Need More Engineers in Congress
Debera Harward   4/7/2014 10:19:14 AM
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I was surprised to see that usually engineers are leading successfull organisations . One reason that i can figure out is that engineers are usually jack of all and they are multitasker which makes them a good leader and decision maker as well. 

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Re: good trend, let's keep it going
Elizabeth M   4/7/2014 4:29:39 AM
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That's really interesting, Chuck, and I can see why the backlash against MBAs is happening. I think for awhile it became sort of the obvious thing to do, and people thought it would sort of ensure them a good job out of school. I think because of that, people were actually less than passionate about getting the degree and just wanted to make money, so you ended up with a lot of people who had MBAs but weren't exactly great at business. People who go into engineering tend to be very passionate about it (well, this may be a gross generalization--perhaps I should say those that excel tend to be passionate). So I would imagine they make better visionaries and leaders overall. But this is just one theory!

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Re: good trend, let's keep it going
Charles Murray   4/4/2014 5:02:57 PM
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I think engineers will agree with you and so will many corporations, naperlou. However, the American public seems oblivious to this concept. A recent study by the American Society for Quality showed that just 9% of the public sees engineers as leaders. In the survey, engineers came in behind many other disciplines, including operations, marketing, finance, academia and sales.

http://asq.org/qualitynews/qnt/execute/displaySetup?newsID=17901 

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Charles Murray   4/4/2014 4:57:08 PM
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Liz, I'm hearing the same thing about MBAs. Increasingly, companies seem to be saying that the proliferation of people with MBAs has caused the degree to lose some of its value. Where I live (in Chicago), I often hear people say that an MBA from Northwestern or the University of Chicago has value, otherwise don't bother. Don't know if there's any truth to that, but it's an idea that seems to be out there today.

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Need More Engineers in Congress
Reliabilityguru   4/3/2014 11:21:55 AM
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I am not surprised to see engineers leading successful corporations. Engineers are decision makers by definition so it follows that it is natural for engineers to assume leadership roles. The US would be better off with more decision makers and fewer lawyers in top leadership roles. Lawyers are trained to focus on the anecdote, to confuse, disguise and mislead.

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Elizabeth M   4/3/2014 10:40:58 AM
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It's not surprising so many engineers make it to the top of companies, but it is rather interesting to see how some of the most successful companies (MSFT, Google) now have "geeks" at the helm. i think these days it's probably better to have an engineering degree than an MBA if you want to succeed in business! It definitely gives you a perspective on things someone who is all business wouldn't have, and adds that "visionary" aspect to the position.

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far911   4/3/2014 12:50:06 AM
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Chuck at the same time i believe this information should be passed on to the top universities of Management to figure out why the business grads are not on these seats.

far911
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far911   4/3/2014 12:48:20 AM
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Strange but correct, i am really suprised to see the list you gave and info you passed on. Naperlou you are absolutely correct that all the companies mentioned are serving well to the people. 

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good trend, let's keep it going
naperlou   4/2/2014 3:15:54 PM
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Chuck, this is an inspiring list.  We need more people with engineering and science backgrounds.  These companies make and do things that people find important and useful. 

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