Should a technical manager be a technical expert? Hello everyone! There seems to be an on-going debate about how technical an engineering manager ought to be. Some say that any manager worth his or her weight in salt has to understand the technology they're managing well enough to actually have answers and be capable of doing some of the work themselves. Others say that any manager worth his or her weight in salt doesn't have to … [Read more...] about #67 How Technical Should A Manager Be?
Manage groups or individuals? Hello everyone! There was an article published recently in CIO magazine (http://www.cio.com), June 24, 2008, "Coaching Style Matters in Managing Millennials). It stated that those employees that are classified as the Millenial generation are best managed by using Coaching as a management style. It went on to list certain approaches the author thought best for this specific age group. While there may well be … [Read more...] about #63 Managing Millennials
How do we keep women engineers in their careers? Hello everyone! On June 16, 2008, Computerworld Careers published an article on the website linked here. The title of the article was: Why Women Quit Technology Careers More than half of the women in science, engineering and IT leave the field at mid-career. Here's the reason. By Kathleen Melymuka The authors of the original research recently published their work in the Harvard … [Read more...] about #61 Why Do Women Leave Engineering?
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!
Wisdom. What is it? What's your definition of wisdom? I'll tell you mine. Here it is.... "Wisdom is having lived long-enough so that you begin to understand those events, situations, life experiences, and conditions that are rare or only once-in-a-lifetime, and those that repeat themselves, either within the typical time span of a life or in the time span of hundreds or thousands of years." For example these are events that happen … [Read more...] about #40 Wisdom
“Should we take Colin Powell’s advice?” I'll bet I've got your attention now, haven't I? Actually, I'm very serious when I ask "Is Colin Powell a leader?" and "Should we take his advice on leadership matters?" There are plenty of people who think that merely asking these questions is a sign of lack of patriotism or a lack of understanding of what leadership really is. I think it's the exact opposite. Let me tell what started me down this … [Read more...] about #37 Is Colin Powell A Leader?