A direct report wants to manage her manager Hello everyone! Today I was conducting some business. The young woman who was assisting me was very competent with her company's products, services, and she was great with customers, me. It was clear she was not in a "selling mode". Her interest was in providing me with service and products that suited my needs. During our conversation she asked me what I did for a living. I told her that I … [Read more...] about #56 Once More With Micromanagement
Archives for April 2008
Presidential management and you. Hello everyone! I was listening to National Public Radio (NPR) a couple of days ago to a segment regarding the anticipated management styles of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The commentators were saying that Hillary has a tendency to be a very "hands-on" manager and Barack tends to be more of a delegator. The commentators continued to wonder how the candidates' management styles would differ if one … [Read more...] about #55 Hillary & Obama & Your Management Style
Helplessness can look like power. Hello everyone! Last week I was sitting around talking to a group of my family members. Someone brought up a newspaper article they had read about a women who was accusing the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) of harassment. Apparently, as my family member explained, the women had a variety of body piercings. She wore nipple rings that the TSA representative required she remove. As it turned out … [Read more...] about #53 No Power Can Be Worse Than Power!
Management is a one-on-one affair Hello everyone! Have you ever had a performance review where some people say you "walk on water", or "you can do no wrong" and others say that "you can't manage effectively" and "I don't understand how you got to be a manger"? Or even more confusing, some people say that you give them "plenty of responsibility and authority" while others say you "watch them like a hawk or smother them". How do you … [Read more...] about #52 Your Performance Review!
Where does trust fit into management? Hello everyone! I gave a presentation at the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) last week on the 10 Pitfalls that can keep engineers and technical professionals from advancing up the technology management ladder. During the presentation I mentioned the word "trust" and I tend to down play the importance of trust in management, much to the surprise of … [Read more...] about #51 Trust Is Important!