We reverse engineer geek leadership
We help leaders get buy-in from engineers and scientists.
We enable engineers and scientists to work well together.
We decode clashes between geeks and non-geeks.
"I was initially very sceptical on how she could help, but Adelina cut through the bullshit and got down the essence of the issues and who helped me understand how to improve. Wish I’d worked with you 20 years ago. "
Dan Cowell, CEO, Psyomics
"Adelina's course had the most positive impact on me out of all the soft skills courses I went on. Based on my team's and manager's feedback, they perceive me as more patient and less blunt than before."
Patrick Wohlschlegel, SPM, ARM
"Engineers have become much more aware of others' perspectives. Team conversations feel much more collaborative and understanding of the business needs. I highly recommend Adelina's practical training."
Paul Aykroyd, VPE, Speechmatics
What Cambridge University professors say about us:
"Adelina gave me some really good advice which has changed the way I deliver presentations now. She provided me with a clear structure of what to do and clear tools to implement that structure. Adelina's approach is very focused and very structured and outcome oriented. "
Prof Tim Minshall, University of Cambridge
What we say leaders can do to gain engineers' trust:
An engineer said to me in a one to one session: "I can't admit I'm wrong, I can't admit I don't know something. I have never seen my boss, my CEO, CTO or the Head of Engineering ever admit they are wrong, so why would I?"
Why Leaders Should Admit when They are Wrong,
What we do, pitched in one minute at #OnetoWatch
"Engineers and Scientists often clash with leaders and investors. Engineers think about functions, leaders and investors think about finance. I'm The Geek Whisperer who translates soft skills into algorithms."
How Engineers and Scientists Clash with leaders and Investors,
Two CEOs, one start-up:
This video shows some of the problems start-ups get when they have one founder who has lots of ideas and one founder who worries about the detail.
Can you zoom out for me?
If you are an engineer or a scientist and your executive has asked you: "Can you please zoom out for me?" or said to you: "Can you please go two levels up?" - here's what they meant.
The Eternal Fight Between Sales and Tech:
Does it feel like your sales team are selling impossible tech you can't deliver? Sam Dods was the tech MD in his engineering company and had the same problem. Hear how he kept fighting with his sales director and how it started impacting on the company, people started leaving and dreading team/board meetings. Hear what was happening in the back of his mind and why he was becoming more and more entrenched!
About The Geek Whisperer
My name is Adelina Chalmers and I am known as The Geek Whisperer.
The name "Geek Whisperer" came from someone who observed me in 2012 working with engineers and said: "I have never seen anyone connect with engineers like this. It's like you are a geek whisperer." I loved the name, but I did not take it on until years later because I worried it might sound patronising. After I spoke to countless engineers and scientists with whom I worked and asked their opinion over several years, the vast majority (93%) said they loved the name and found it quirky, so I decided to take it on.
Why do I do what I do?
"If this country was run by engineers, it would be a much better place, but us geeks are often not good at influencing people" - said my (chemical engineer) mum to me as I was growing up.
I felt a very strong sense of injustice that exceptionally bright people are often not also the ones making the decisions.
Unfortunately, geeks and non-geeks often clash not because they disagree, but because they speak very different languages. If they don’t figure each other out, they end up at cross-purposes. This is a disaster, not just for them, but for all of us.
I believe the only people who can improve people's lives and save the world from climate catastrophe are engineers and scientists. I want to change the world one engineer or scientist at a time. Their inventions and technology impact our lives every day. I want to do everything I can to help awesome, brilliant people with awesome brilliant solutions succeed! In order to succeed, they need to be able to collaborate with others. There's no question about that.