"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
"Buy-In, Once More With Feeling!" Hello everyone! Buy-in is everywhere… it's everywhere! Most of us involved in business, technical organizations, and teams think of buy-in as a common requirement for our success. Buy-in isn't just something that managers attempt to secure from their direct reports. Buy-in is a requirement for all human endeavors that require more than one person. Buy-in is the thread, the weave, that holds the fabric … [Read more...] about #82 Buy-In Once More
"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
"Do you really choose anything?" Hello everyone! As an engineer or engineering manager, how much of what you do is your choice? As an engineer or engineering manager how much of what your colleagues do is their choice? As an engineering manager, how much of the behavior of your direct reports is their choice? Most people would answer that people are always choosing their behaviors. Right? How can it be any other way? We each choose … [Read more...] about #78 Choice Is A Myth!
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?