Do Politics Have Any Place In The Office?

December 1, 2016

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Oh my! Politics has always been a contentious issue, but it sure seems as though in the past few years it has become even more so. In England the Brexit vote and in the U.S. the 2016 presidential election created […]

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Friends Should Not Help IT Managers Make Hiring Decisions

November 17, 2016

No, hiring someone is probably not something that you do every day of the week. However, when you do do it, it is a very important task. You really need to pick the right people to join your IT team if you want to keep its performance high. This of course leads to the big […]

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IT Managers Need To Understand That Reviews Come With Risks

November 10, 2016

As an IT manager, one of your jobs is to evaluate the performance of your team. How you go about doing this, what IT manager skills you need to use, and how often you do it have been the subject of much debate over the past few years. However, I think that we can all […]

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IT Managers Need To Understand The Importance Of Networking

November 3, 2016

How is that IT career of yours going? I certainly hope that it is going well for you. However, I’ve got an important question for you: are you trying to do it all by yourself? It turns out that getting ahead in the world of IT can be a lot easier if we use out […]

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Should IT Managers Allow Their Team Members To Work From Home?

October 27, 2016

I’m willing to bet that one or more of your team members has come to you and requested that they be permitted to work from home. For most of us IT managers this tests our IT manager skills and poses a dilemma: we can understand that our team members want the convenience of working from […]

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Dealing With The Aftermath Of A Layoff

October 20, 2016

I have a number of friends who are IT managers at Verizon. The other day Verizon announced that they were going to go through a round of layoffs and they were going to be targeting 6,000 current employees. You can only imagine the level of chaos that this caused. It does bring up an interesting […]

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Saying Goodbye Is Hard To Do: How To Fire Employees

October 13, 2016

I’d be willing to bet that there are a number of different IT manager tasks that none of us really enjoy doing and that we’ve never really had any IT manager training on how to do correctly. There is that end-of-year employee evaluation that takes so much time to do, there are perhaps weekly time […]

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Can An IT Manager Be The Office Bad Guy?

October 6, 2016

If you sat down with most IT managers you’d discover that they’d really like to be liked at the office. I think that just about everyone thinks that if you are nice to everyone that you meet, then your chances of going far in the company are boosted. However, there is a group of IT […]

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Managers Need To Teach Their Workers How To Be Followers, Not Leaders

September 29, 2016

In most workplaces we’ve been using our IT manager skills to work with the members of our teams in order turn them into the leaders that we know that they can be. However, what this has created is a workplace that is filled with leaders (and leader wanna-bes). What is missing is followers – someone […]

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How To Fire An Employee

September 22, 2016

It’s not a pleasant part of the job, but there will come a time where you have a need to terminate one of the members of your IT team. There can be a whole host of reasons for this: poor work performance, companywide layoffs, theft, etc. When it comes time to let this person go, […]

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