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!
Management for Technologists
Part-time technical and part-time manager Good evening! As I indicated in my previous blog, I taught a class this week on being a technical professional and technical manager at the same time. This is usually the situation that arises when a technical person is first promoted to management. They are promoted to a position that is part-time technical and part-time manager. During the class I taught, we discussed how and why a technical person … [Read more...] about #10 Management Myths
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? (Part 2) The Answer To The Million Dollar Question. Good morning! I’m now going to answer the question I posed in the previous blog---“Can People Really Change?” In the previous blog I pondered exactly what that question meant. And I’ll now answer it in two ways. First I’m going to say that if the question is really asking if people can change their personalities, if they can change “who” they are, then my answer is … [Read more...] about #4 Can People Change?