"You are worth gold!" Hello everyone! Two or three weeks ago I received this comment to one of my blog postings that read, in part, as follows: "My question is how do I get back to a position of manager vs IC? (Individual Contributor) When new managers came into play - change happened and because I had the safety of a paycheck I became and now am an IC. However I am unhappy and I would like a suggestion on how I can get back to a … [Read more...] about #86 It’s Easy To Become a Technical Manager
"Young People Want Everything Now!" Hello everyone! Is it a bad rap? I often hear managers and training departments in corporations complain about how young people don't want to wait for their career advancement. They want to get pay raises after 6 months. They want to be managers 1 year after graduating from college. They don't want to work 5, 6, or 7 years in one position to earn the "right" to be promoted to the next career … [Read more...] about #83 The Young Are Restless
"When you know what to do" Hello everyone! The big question is... I often get asked these questions: "Steven, how do you get buy-in from people?" or "In this difficult business environment, how do you get people to buy-in instead of worrying about other things that take them away from what they need to be accomplishing?" or "How do I get the team to give buy-in and have everyone pull in the same direction?" It doesn't much matter how … [Read more...] about #81 Building Buy-In Is Easy
"How do you recognize good management advice?" Hello everyone! "Who do you trust and what is the truth in management?" This last week I was reading some of the blogs on the people skills necessary for successful management. One blog, in particular, caught my eye. It had to do with "behaviors" that are necessary for a good manager. Some of the behaviors put forth by the author included things like these soft skills: 1. When you are … [Read more...] about #79 Trust Your Experiences
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?
Can I make a contractor part of my team? Hello everyone! I have a coaching client who has a big challenge. He is attempting the development of a website by hiring contract website development from overseas independent contractors and companies. He is finding programmers who are technically competent. In some cases very technically competent. He uses instant messaging (IM) and emails and in some cases phone calls to communicate with his … [Read more...] about #65 Managing Projects Half a World Away