When Doing Hiring, Would It Be Better To Be Blind?

January 19, 2017

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Let’s face it: hiring the right person to join your team is a tough job. When we consider how long they may be with the company and the impact that they may have on the rest of the team, we […]

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How To Hold On To Your Best IT Team Members

January 12, 2017

I guess if you take the time to think about it, being am IT manager is a lot like being the coach of a football team. You think about the players that you need, you interview a lot of people, pick a few of them to join your team, and then the season starts. On […]

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IT Managers Have A Time Problem

January 5, 2017

I’m pretty sure that we can all agree that being an IT manager in a modern workplace is a tough job. Trying to stay on top of technology that is always changing, manage a team of skilled professionals, and take care of your career takes all of your IT manager skills and is much more […]

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Is Tough Talking The New Correct Way To Communicate?

December 15, 2016

When you are at the office, how do you interact with people? I suspect that in your office there are smart people, dumb people, nice people, and not so nice people. You probably grin and bear it – you try to treat everyone the same way and you try to be nice to everyone. What […]

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Could Your Personal Gender Bias Be Playing A Role In How You Evaluate People On Your IT Team?

December 8, 2016

If I asked you if you had any bias, I’m pretty sure that you’d think for a moment and then say that no, to the best of your knowledge you are basically an unbiased person. This is good news, but unfortunately you are probably incorrect. It turns out that despite all of our IT manager […]

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Do Politics Have Any Place In The Office?

December 1, 2016

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 hard lines between people who normally work side by side. How should an IT manager […]

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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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