Do Your Team Members Need “Me Days”?

As an IT manager, you need to always be searching for ways to use your IT manager skills to get the most out of the team that you are managing. Your team is made up of highly trained IT professionals and with a little luck, they come in each day and really apply themselves to … Read moreDo Your Team Members Need “Me Days”?

Do Your Team Members Have The Soft Skills That They Need?

As an IT manager you are counting on your team to get tasks accomplished in part so that you’ll look good to the rest of the company. In order for your team to be successful, they are all going to have to be able to work together. This is going to require a different set … Read moreDo Your Team Members Have The Soft Skills That They Need?

Great IT Managers Aren’t Afraid To Stumble On The Way To The Top

A quick question for you: are you afraid to fail? Would you be willing to take on responsibility for leading an IT team that might not be a success? I’m willing to bet that a lot of us would say “no” – our company’s IT managers who are perfect are rewarded while IT managers who … Read moreGreat IT Managers Aren’t Afraid To Stumble On The Way To The Top

New Thoughts About That Vision Thing

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 moreNew Thoughts About That Vision Thing

Is An IT Manager Really An Artist?

Here’s an interesting question that I like to whip out every so often and run through my mind: is IT a science or an art? For that matter, are we all engineers or are we really artists? If you think about it, our jobs consist of taking basic elements (colors) combining them (painting) and creating … Read moreIs An IT Manager Really An Artist?

3 IT Manager Secrets From The Folks At Pixar

Toy Story, Cars, Finding Nemo, Wall-E – who hasn’t been amazed at the movies that Pixar has created over the past few years? I think that we can all agree that clearly Pixar has found a way to foster and grow creativity within their organization. What if IT Leaders could find out how to do … Read more3 IT Manager Secrets From The Folks At Pixar

Work + Personal Life = Super Creativity On Projects

Amazingly enough, everyone on our teams has a world outside of work. If you can find a way to leverage the skills and talents that your team have developed “out there” then you just may have found a gusher of creativity that will propel your team to success and improve employee morale and boost retention. … Read moreWork + Personal Life = Super Creativity On Projects