The case for “close-in” management. Hello everyone! What would you do if you were managing a direct report who complained much of the time? A direct report who "spewed venom" in conversations with other employees, complaining about the company, or about management, or about work conditions, or about work in general? What would you do if this employee went into the offices or cubicles of colleagues and consumed 30 minutes or more at a time, … [Read more...] about #57 Micromanagement To The Rescue!
Soft Skills for Engineers
Team building isn’t a cookie-cutter process. As many authors, pundits, consultants, and academics have stated over the years and as many of us who have worked inside organizations known from experience, team-building and being on a team is very important and when you are part of a team that works, you know it. As a result, a major question that managers must answer is this, “Do all good functioning teams operate the same way?” To review the … [Read more...] about #44 Team Building Ain’t What You Think!
“The Necessary Art of Persuasion” Good evening! I just finished reviewing an article in the Harvard Business Review magazine called OnPoint, dated Winter 2006. These are selected articles from the Harvard Business Review, and the title on the cover is "The Art of Middle Management." It's an interesting magazine with a variety of articles and as the weeks go by, I'll be reviewing some of the articles in my blogs. One of the major articles … [Read more...] about #24 Art of Persuasion
"Being real doesn't get it" Good evening! I was listening to a radio show just before the new year to an interview with the lead member of band Radio Head. Now Radio Head has been called one of the best bands around and at times the best band playing anywhere. I don't much listen to them, but I found the interview interesting and there is a connection between what I heard and technology management. At one point, the lead member of Radio … [Read more...] about #23 Radio Head
Being Understood #2 “Imagine Being Understood - Again” Good evening! I want to spend one more blog entry on the topic of "context." In the last blog I introduced you to the phrase "I didn't steal your wallet." and I showed you how if you repeated the phrase several times with emphasis on different words each time, you could convey different meanings. For example, below I've written the same phrase over and over again. I've made one of … [Read more...] about #22 Being Understood #2
Being Understood ”Imagine Being Understood” Good day! Imagine… imagine what it would be like if whenever you communicated with anyone, you were… completely understood. Imagine what it would be like to say something to someone face-to-face, and… be completely understood. Imagine writing a memo or speaking on the phone and always being clearly and… totally understood. In fact, imagine the unthinkable… imagine sending an email and always, … [Read more...] about #21 Being Understood