After The Firings, What’s A Manger To Do?

Thanks to a sluggish economy, we’ve been reading about more and more layoffs, firings, staff reductions, rightsizing, etc. Your firm may have done one of these, be doing one, or just have started to think about doing one. No matter – letting staff go is can be one of the hardest parts about being a … Read moreAfter The Firings, What’s A Manger To Do?

Do You Suffer From “Munchausen At Work” Syndrome?

We all deal with problems that flare up at work, but some people do a better job than others. In fact, some people deal with workplace problems so often and do such a good job of dealing with them that they get awards, bonuses, and eventually promoted. Phred Dvorak over at the Wall Street Journal … Read moreDo You Suffer From “Munchausen At Work” Syndrome?

Bad Money After Good: Preserving Your Employee Investment

The great thing about talent portability in today’s IT market is that whenever you have a need to fill a position that requires a specialized set of skills or experiences, you can generally go shopping and find exactly what you need. The downside to this is the simple fact that your competition can do the … Read moreBad Money After Good: Preserving Your Employee Investment

The ROI For Employee Training Crisis – Where Is the Money Going?

So you’ve decided that your department / team needs to get some fancy training. Great – more knowledge is always better right? Hold on a minute, maybe not. What happens if after you’ve paid for all of this wonderful training and even some certification (CISSP, CNE, PMP, etc.) your employee decides to walk out the … Read moreThe ROI For Employee Training Crisis – Where Is the Money Going?

Staffing Flexibility Is Soooo Underrated!

If you thought that just barely getting by using skills to manage your IT staffing needs using both home grown talent as well as warm bodies that you purchased off the street was tough, just imagine how challenging it is when you try to move things up one level and adapt your IT organization to … Read moreStaffing Flexibility Is Soooo Underrated!

Managing IT Talent In The 21st Century: Grow Or Buy?

Hopefully we can agree that the way that IT talent is being managed in most companies is just flat out broken. It’s easy to point fingers and say that a process doesn’t work, it’s much harder to suggest a solution to the problem. Let’s spend some time doing just that – the hard stuff. Fix … Read moreManaging IT Talent In The 21st Century: Grow Or Buy?

A New Way To Think About IT Talent Management

So hopefully we can agree that most firm’s approach to talent management is at best broken, and often missing-in-action. What’s an IT manager to do? Well, let’s first look for a process that actually works in the modern corporation and then let’s see what we can do to model it for talent management. That can’t … Read moreA New Way To Think About IT Talent Management

The Myth Of Talent Management: Why It Doesn’t Work

Everyone who has lead a team, managed a department, or run a company knows that in addition to all of the other “keeping the doors open” jobs that they have, the task that can sneak up on them at any time is staffing. This coin has two sides: you don’t want to have too many … Read moreThe Myth Of Talent Management: Why It Doesn’t Work

But I WANT To Work 80 Hours A Week…!

Over the past weekend I got a call from Phil who is one of my long-time colleagues who works in the telecommunications business. We got to talking and then, as it always does, the macho game of “who’s working harder” came up. This around Phil won the game: he had just put in 105 hours … Read moreBut I WANT To Work 80 Hours A Week…!