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Baby Boomers – The Accidental IT Leader

Are Managers Going To Be Ready For Gen Z Workers?

The next generation of workers are already battle scarred

Ok manager, how is managing those millennials working out for you? I hope that you’ve come up with ways to make peace with them because it is just about time for the next batch of workers to show up on your doorstep: Generation Z. Do you have any manager training for dealing with this? This … Read more

How Can IT Managers Make Their Old Business Look Like New Business?

As an IT manager one of the most critical tasks that has been assigned to you is to use your IT manager skills to build a world-class IT team that will be able to provide your company with the tools that they will need in order to be successful. However, if you find yourself working … Read more

What To Do When Your Boss Is Younger Than You Are

What have you always pictured your boss looking like? If you are anything like me, you’ve always pictured them as a grumpy old man. Or a grumpy old woman if you want to get all modern. However, there is one thing that I’ve never really pictured my boss as being – younger than I am! … Read more

IT Managers Need To Decide: Should Their Millennials Stay Or Go?

Hey IT manager, I bet that you didn’t realize just exactly how big the group of millennials who are working for your company had gotten! It turns out that 18-34 year olds make up 34% of the U.S. job market – the biggest group out there. Next comes the Gen-Xers who make up 32% and … Read more

Whatever Happened To IT Worker Loyalty?

Hey IT manager, just how loyal to your company are you? How loyal do you think that your team members are? I’m betting that the answer to both of these questions is “not very”. Given that that is the current situation that we find ourselves in, how did we get here and what is an … Read more

Tomorrow’s IT Managers Can Be Found Locally

Even in tough economic times, IT Leaders are still concerned about losing talent. Studies are showing that we are losing our IT Leaders at a much faster rate than new ones are being produced. On top of this, up to 30 million managers and leaders are going to become eligible to retire in the next … Read more

Managing Trophy Kids: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

A lot has been written recently about the next generation of workers that is in the process of entering IT departments right now (I’ve done my part!) However, what’s been missing is a fundamental understanding of what an IT Leader is supposed to do once they are there. Ron Alsop who writes for the Wall … Read more

An IT Management Nightmare: Managing Trophy Kids

Remember that Jack Nicholson line from the movie that was made from the Steven King book “The Shining”:  “.. Here’s Johnny…“? I seem to recall that he delivers this line as he stands at a door with an axe in his hands trying to break into the bathroom. I suspect that many IT managers feel … Read more

Do You Want To Work With An IT Trophy Kid?

Even though the world currently looks like it is upside down, there is a much larger change going on that will have a much longer impact than this temporary financial crisis: the arrival of the millennial generation into the IT workplace. Are you ready? Just to make sure that we’re all talking about the same … Read more

IT Manager Challenge: Bridging That Generation Gap

The workplace is a-changing. As more younger workers start to flood into IT departments (ok, “Millennials” if you must) a lot of what used to work from a management point-of-view has stopped working and this is leaving IT managers with more questions than solutions. There are roughly 80 million workers in this next wave and … Read more