Students in advanced economies today want to become anything but engineers (A.B.E.) and often choose to become lawyers, physicians, or businesspeople instead. Even those who do study engineering sometimes leave because (1) they are unable to align their aspirations with the subject matter as taught, and (2) a hostile, dismissive, or indifferent educational culture discourages the young people it is charged with educating.
Changing these things isn’t easy, but to use New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg’s phrase, we can use the power of habit at three different levels — at the personal, organizational, and system levels — to bring about change that attracts and retains bright young people to become the engineers our planet needs.
It goes on to suggest that the three habits are as follows:
- Noticing, listening, & questioning (NLQ). Related post here and HuffPo article here.
- Dot connecting. Connecting people across an organization to achieve lateral aligment.
- Collaborative disruption. Connecting with people outside your organization, even competitors, to build support for a common change.