As all managers have probably realized by now, the millennials have arrived. That younger generation of workers are moving into the office at the same time that the baby boomers are starting to move out. The arrival in force of this new type of worker is going to cause some fundamental changes to occur in … Read more The Millennial Workplace Is Coming – Will Managers Be Ready?
As managers we are always looking for ways to use our manager skills to get more out of our teams. What we’ve been told is that we can do this if we can come up with a way to boost their innovation. It may sound easy, but it isn’t. What managers need to do is … Read more How Managers Can Create Innovative Teams
As a manager, you will always be asked to do more things. On top of what you have already signed up to do, people will drop by your cube, catch your arm in the hall, and corner you in meetings and will come up with additional things to add to the already full plate of … Read more The One Skill That All Managers Must Master
Being an IT manager is a hard job. Starting a new role as an IT manager is even tougher. One of the questions that I get asked all of the time is “what should I do right off the bat?” — what IT manager skills do I need to have? It’s a good question, and … Read more How To Start To Be An IT Manager
What does it actually mean to manage something? I mean our title says that we are managers, but have you ever really given it much thought as to just exactly what that word really means? Lots of IT managers just think that it means that we now have the right to tell the members of … Read more What 5 “Manager” Skills Does An IT Manager Have To Have?
An important part of the job of being an IT manager is the ability to make good decisions. Lots of good decisions. In fact, the ability to make more good decisions than bad decisions is arguably what allows an IT manager to keep his / her job. Now the only problem is that it’s really, … Read more 4 Ways That IT Managers Can Learn To Make Better Decisions
When I’m working with IT managers, all too often I see them trying very hard to get things “just right”. I know what they are thinking. They believe that if they can get things set up correctly, then the team that they are in charge of will just run itself. I guess that they might … Read more Is Your IT Team Ready For Change?
If there is one thing that is constant in IT it’s that things are always changing. What this means for you as an IT manager is that you have an important decision to make: are you going to resist change or are you going to become a change agent? If you choose to become a … Read more How An IT Manager Can Become A Change Agent
Congratulations, you are finally an IT manager. Does that mean that you are also an IT leader? Turns out that the answer to that question is no. So what’s the difference? Employees do what a manager tells them to do because they have to. Employees do what a leader tells them to do because they … Read more You Can Be An IT Leader, Here’s How…
I’m pretty sure that your company has a vision. I’m also fairly certain that if asked, you’d be hard pressed to tell anyone just exactly what that vision is. Although we all basically understand that having a vision is good thing, the whole vision thing has been so badly handled that it’s pretty much a … Read more New Thoughts About That Vision Thing