The goal of every manager is to become a respected manager. This is a fine goal to have, but just exactly how can we make this happen? It turns out that one important step in getting your team to respect you is for you to make the practice of transparency important. Why should you bother … Read more How Should Managers Be Practicing Transparency?
I’m pretty sure that we can all agree that we don’t know everything. However, if we had the chance to learn some new information, would we jump at the opportunity? Somewhat surprisingly, the answer is often “no”. IT managers can have a nasty habit of not wanting to learn something that they think is going … Read more Are IT Managers Avoiding Doing What They Should Be Doing?
As IT managers one of our primary job responsibilities is to use our IT manager skills to make sure that the members of our team have the information that they are going to need in order to do their job. This may sound like a relatively straightforward task, but in reality it turns out to … Read more Should IT Managers Track Their Employees?
Sure it’s great to be an IT manager, but we all want to become better at this job. We want to be the manager that everyone in the company wants to come work for. We want to be the manager that all of the other managers seek out when they need advice. These are all … Read more IT Managers Want To Know What Makes The Great Managers Great
Until someone comes up with a better way to evaluate the performance of the members of our team, we are going to be faced with conducting annual performance reviews. The sad thing here is that we don’t look forward to doing them and the members of our team don’t look forward to participating in them. … Read more Questions An IT Managers Should NOT Ask During A Performance Review
Forget all that Facebook “like” stuff, there is a much bigger question that you need to be able to answer. Just how likeable are you in real life? You might shrug that question off and say that it doesn’t really matter, it’s what you can use your IT manager skills to accomplish that matters, but … Read more Does It Really Matter How Much People Like You?
I wish that I could tell you that there will be no things that happen in your IT manager career that will surprise you. However, both you and I know that that simply is not true. Instead, there is probably going to be a lot of uncertainty. What this means for you as an IT … Read more How IT Managers Can Teach Their Teams To Handle Uncertainty
As an IT Leader, you’ve got a bit of a challenge on your hands right now. There is probably no way that you’re going to be getting more funding or headcount in the immediate future (or at least not enough to make a difference). Yet at the same time your senior management keeps talking about … Read more Doing More With What You Already Have