"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 people would answer that people are always choosing their behaviors. Right? How can it be any other way? We each choose … [Read more...] about #78 Choice Is A Myth!
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"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 the pattern of white, your screen or paper begins and ends. It is at the boundaries of these patterns that experience exists. Were it not … [Read more...] about #77 New Year Future
"Context-Static questionnaires don't work." Hello everyone! I was teaching a management class at the University of California, Santa Barbara, this last Friday. I was talking to the class about the way in which each of us is "programmed" to behave in certain ways. I gave the students a questionnaire and one of the categories surveyed by the questionnaire had to do with being oriented toward "details" or toward "big picture". Those people … [Read more...] about #76 Context and Communication
"It takes more than exceptional work to get you there." Hello everyone! I recently read another article in BusinessWeek. It was in their special issue called Business@Work, dated August 25-September 1, 2008. I often use BusinessWeek as fodder for my blogs because it is filled with what I consider to be weak management information. It either presents articles that are naive regarding management or it contains research about management that … [Read more...] about #75 Good Work Won’t Get You Influence
"Updating in real time." Hello everyone! I received a comment from Dorothy McKinney regarding my last blog in which I didn't say a lot of nice things about Myers-Briggs, DiSC, Enneagram, and other "systems" that purport to tell us who we are and how to manage others. (By the way, I really appreciate it when people make comments… I like the dialog and we all learn from each other.) Dorothy's comments centered on the usefulness of these … [Read more...] about #74 I Have A Solution!
"Forget generations X, Y, and Z." Hello everyone! There is no doubt that we can put "groups" of people into certain "groups". The simplest group, of course, is Homo sapiens. We are all part of that group. Then there are the groups of men and women. We can go further, such as male child, female child, female adult, male adult. In business management these distinctions are less useful and even less acceptable than the Myers-Briggs … [Read more...] about #73 Generational Profiling