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
You’d think that to be a good IT manager all that you’d have to be good at is managing people and understanding technology. Most of the time you’d be correct; however, it’s the times when this isn’t the case that far too many IT managers drop the ball. Let’s face it, crisis happen. We’d all … Read more IT Managers Need To Learn How To Avoid A Crisis Before It Happens
As an IT Leader, one of your main jobs is to lead your team though changes. However, here is where you may run into a problem. Considering how many layoffs, cut backs, and canceled projects most IT teams have had to work though, the last thing that your team really wants is more change. What’s … Read more How IT Leaders Can Get Their Team To Change When They Don’t Want To