Managing for results AND empowerment Good evening! It seems lately that everywhere I turn, much of what I read about management and leadership keeps pointing to the same set of management deficiencies. It may be the major issue of managers and leaders; not just technical managers and leaders, but all managers and leaders. And quite simply it’s the inability of managers to manage so as to achieve results. Do any of the following three … [Read more...] about #11 Micro-Management or Bust!
Soft Skills for Engineers
Communication Good evening! Today I conducted a training class at a customer site. The topic focused on being a technical individual contributor and a technical manager at the same time. This is typically what happens when a technical person is promoted to management of a small team or a small project. In most cases a technical person is simultaneously a part-time technical individual contributor and a part-time technical manager. During … [Read more...] about #9 Your Only Tool Is…
My Boss Won’t Share Information Talk to me! Good morning! Once again, I was reading a magazine and thought I was dreaming. This time it was the October 9, 2006 edition of BusinessWeek. There happens to be a weekly column called “Analyze This”. The question came from C.J. of New York City. C.J. wrote, “I work with a top executive who regularly fails to share information I need. I wind up hearing about concerns he has or steps he has taken … [Read more...] about #8 Info Sharing Boss
So You Want To Be A Manager How Does A Technical Person Get Promoted To Manager? If you’re currently a technical professional and you’re thinking about going into management, it’s important that you be aware that your transition to management isn’t going to be an overnight process. You’re not going to go to bed one night as a technical professional and wake up the next morning as a technical manager. But you knew that, right? What you probably … [Read more...] about #5 To Be A Manager
Can People Really Change? The Million Dollar Question. Good morning! Recently I was in a coaching session with a high level technical manager at a high-technology company. This manager has been struggling with a difficult direct report. In the course of our session the manager asked me point blank: “Can people really change. I’m beginning to get to the point where I think we really can’t change people.” Now that’s the $1 million question, … [Read more...] about #3 Can People Change?