#89 Keeping Your Job

September 1, 2009

The difference that makes the difference Hello everyone! Last week I attended two very interesting and significant events. In the morning I attended the commemoration of NASA Ames Research Center as an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Historical Site, honoring all the great work that has been accomplished at that world-renowned facility. Work […]

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#88 Un-Conferences Can Be…

August 17, 2009

What is an Un-Conference and can it help? Hello everyone! The Un-Conference This weekend I had the opportunity to attend an “un-conference” for freelancers. While I am not a freelancer, I thought it would be interesting to attend an un-conference and see how they work. For those of you who have not attended an “un-conference”, […]

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#87 Finding a Mentor and Coach

March 10, 2009

Hello everyone! This week I was interviewed by Dice (the IT job portal) for an upcoming on-line resource they are preparing to assist young IT professionals in advancing their careers. I was asked what my three top suggestions were for IT professionals who wanted to advance their IT career. We ended the interview on the […]

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#86 It’s Easy To Become a Technical Manager

March 10, 2009

“You are worth gold!” Hello everyone! Two or three weeks ago I received this comment to one of my blog postings that read, in part, as follows: “My question is how do I get back to a position of manager vs IC? (Individual Contributor) When new managers came into play – change happened and because […]

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#85 Engineers Are Natural Leaders

March 5, 2009

“Engineers Are Natural Leaders–Say What?” Hello everyone! I know this week’s blog may cause some controversy but I’ve got to put this out there because by being silent, I believe it’s only making the situation worse. You see, recently I had dinner with a friend of mine. During the conversation he made a comment that […]

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#84 The Young Are Restless—Once More

March 3, 2009

“Young people and the manager” Hello everyone! Is it a bad rap? Last week I wrote “The Young Are Restless” and I received a number of emails commenting on my evaluation of the situation. All were positive and in agreement with what I had written, and yet, there two sides to the story. In this […]

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#83 The Young Are Restless

February 10, 2009

“Young People Want Everything Now!” Hello everyone! Is it a bad rap? I often hear managers and training departments in corporations complain about how young people don’t want to wait for their career advancement. They want to get pay raises after 6 months. They want to be managers 1 year after graduating from college. They […]

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#82 Buy-In Once More

February 10, 2009

“Buy-In, Once More With Feeling!” Hello everyone! Buy-in is everywhere… it’s everywhere! Most of us involved in business, technical organizations, and teams think of buy-in as a common requirement for our success. Buy-in isn’t just something that managers attempt to secure from their direct reports. Buy-in is a requirement for all human endeavors that require […]

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#81 Building Buy-In Is Easy

January 29, 2009

“When you know what to do” Hello everyone! The big question is… I often get asked these questions: “Steven, how do you get buy-in from people?” or “In this difficult business environment, how do you get people to buy-in instead of worrying about other things that take them away from what they need to be […]

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#80 First Rule of Leadership

January 20, 2009

The #1 leadership rule you need to know!” Hello everyone! If you were to pick one and only one leadership rule, I’ve put it in this blog. Everything else about leadership pales in comparison to this rule. I’ve devoted this blog and this week’s ezine/newsletter to just this topic. We often hear the following definition […]

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#79 Trust Your Experiences

January 12, 2009

“How do you recognize good management advice?” Hello everyone! “Who do you trust and what is the truth in management?” This last week I was reading some of the blogs on the people skills necessary for successful management. One blog, in particular, caught my eye. It had to do with “behaviors” that are necessary for […]

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#78 Choice Is A Myth!

January 5, 2009

“Do you really choose anything?” Hello everyone! As an engineer or engineering manager, how much of what you do is your choice? As an engineer or engineering manager how much of what your colleagues do is their choice? As an engineering manager, how much of the behavior of your direct reports is their choice? Most […]

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#77 New Year Future

January 1, 2009

“What future pulls you to it?” Happy New Year everyone! In point of fact, we are pattern recognition machines. All we do is recognize for patterns. Here’s an example. The only reason you can read these words is because your eyes notice where the pattern of black (of each letter) begins and ends and where […]

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