Most people have dreams of how they want their lives to go. And there are generally two ways to make those aspirations come true. There is the hard way and the harder way. There is no easy way, unless your parents have more money than God and are willing to share it with you. And even then, it isn't easy to find the right significant other, raise children, be accepted by people who are important to you, and self-actualize.
In 1981, Jim Lewis got fed up with the nonsense of the corporate world and left to begin helping other people achieve their goals. For nearly 40 years, he has taught seminars on project management, communication, leadership, and managing your life. At last estimate, that meant he had taught over 60,000 individuals in 30 countries, and written 12 books that have been read by thousands more. He and his partner, Dr. Alan Letton are passionate about one thing: helping other people achieve their dreams.
Because both are engineers and scientists, they specialize in teaching project management and how to manage engineers, scientists, and technologists. In doing so, they have created several professional development certificates, designed to help you get the kind of job that pays well, and succeed in it. Or, alternatively, to help you succeed in your own business, because they both are avid entrepreneurs.
In any case, we (the staff of the Lewis Institute) can help you succeed through training and/or consulting/mentoring. We have a combined hundred years of experience with managing projects and innovation initiatives, in fairly diverse fields that include engineering and biotechnology. And we will refer you to someone else if what you need falls outside our areas of expertise. We don't claim to know everything. We have our own specialties and we'll be straight with you about whether we can do a first-class job for you. (Second-class is unacceptable to us, and should be for you as well.)
Hi. I'm Dr. Jim Lewis, founder of the Lewis Institute.
Trying to make a decision on something as important as a career move is nearly impossible just by reading the text on a website. And FAQs are nearly impossible to decipher.
I don't know about you, but I HATE not being able to talk with a real, live, warm-bodied human being!
Use our Appointment Scheduler and we'll talk with you about what you need, so we can both decide if we are right for each other. No cost. No strong-arm selling. Just a friendly chat between two people who may or may not be able to work together.
If you need to learn the ropes of how to manage projects -- whether they are product development, research and development, or construction, you've come to the right place. You wouldn't want to take driving lessons from someone who has never driven a car, so why should you learn project management from someone who has never been a project manager?
Our instructors have "been there, done that," as the saying goes. We give you real-world solutions to real-world problems, with no B.S. and impractical nonsense.
To earn your basic certificate, you take three core courses and two electives. To earn your Master's Certificate, you take a core course and two more electives.
A study conducted a few years ago found that employers often prefer people with certificates rather than an MBA. The reason? Certificates tend to provide you with more practical skills that you can apply to get the job done.
If you have questions about any of our programs, please schedule an appointment to talk with one of us by phone or send us a message using the CONTACT US form. We're happy to help you. After all, it's your career you're talking about.
It may be true that managing Engineers, Scientists, and other technologists if one of the most difficult tasks on the planet. The reason is simple. You don't get their respect unless you earn it. And that isn't easy!
Dr. Jim Lewis and Dr. Alan Letton have been engineers at every level in corporations from senior technician to Chief Engineer, Department Manager, Senior Science Officer, Vice President, President, and C.E.E.
On top of that, they can actually teach!
As the saying goes, those who can't do it teach and those who teach can't do it.
Well, in this case, the saying is wrong. These two guys can bot teach and do it.
There is a principle called the Peter Principle, that says people rise to their level of incompetence, and you can take it to the bank. It is absolutely true.
However, the reason is actually the fault of senior managers.
Oh my, now lightening may strike me at any minute!
Seriously, it is a common mistake. It is based on a false assumption.
That assumption is that if you are good at your technical job, you will be a good manager. It's almost the inverse that's true. Which is why we developed this program. Join us and learn how to manage AND do your technical job.
The Lewis Institute, Inc. is a Registered Education Provider with the Project Management Institute. This means that our courses must meet quality standards specified by PMI, and to ensure that, those courses are reviewed every three years. Once you become a REP, your courses are certified for Professional Development Units (PDUs) so if you need continuing education credit, these courses may be accepted by other professional associations besides the Project Management Institute. The REP logo is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute.
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