How Should Managers Be Practicing Transparency?

Trust starts with being transparent

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?

What Does A Manager Have To Do After You Are Promoted?

Getting promoted is only the beginning

What is it that every manager is hoping for? Why it is to use your manager skills to be promoted, of course. When that special day comes, are you going to be ready? You’ll get a new job title, perhaps more money, maybe even a new office. However, it’s not going to be long before … Read more What Does A Manager Have To Do After You Are Promoted?

What The U.S. Army Can Teach Managers About Becoming Better

The goal is to do what you set out to do and do it better each time you do it

Ok, so I’m willing to admit it – I’m not perfect. Yes, I am always working to try to become perfect, but so far I have not been able to even get close to that goal. Most managers would say that they are in the same boat as me. It’s a bit depressing to set … Read more What The U.S. Army Can Teach Managers About Becoming Better

Managers Need To Teach Their Workers How To Be Followers, Not Leaders

In most workplaces we’ve been using our IT manager skills to work with the members of our teams in order turn them into the leaders that we know that they can be. However, what this has created is a workplace that is filled with leaders (and leader wanna-bes). What is missing is followers – someone … Read more Managers Need To Teach Their Workers How To Be Followers, Not Leaders

How IT Managers Deal With The “N” Word – “Nepotism”

Just exactly how did you get your IT manager job? Did you get it because you worked hard and you showed the powers that be that you had IT manager skills and just how good of a leader you could be so that they promoted you? Or did you get promoted because of who you … Read more How IT Managers Deal With The “N” Word – “Nepotism”

IT Managers Know That Trial By Fire Is The Best Way To Pick New IT Leaders

I’ve got some bad news for all of you IT managers out there: it turns out that 25% of the best workers in the IT department are planning on leaving within the next 12 months. Not to depress you even more, but it turns out that those internal job change programs that you have perhaps … Read more IT Managers Know That Trial By Fire Is The Best Way To Pick New IT Leaders

You’re Not In Charge IT Manager – Now Lead!

Talk about whining! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been working with newly minted IT managers who come to me and complain that people aren’t listening to what they say. A little bit of digging on my part and I discover that they’re part of some sort of cross functional team or that … Read more You’re Not In Charge IT Manager – Now Lead!

IT Managers Know That Trial By Fire Is The Best Way To Pick New IT Leaders

I’ve got some bad news for all of you IT Managers out there: it turns out that 25% of the best workers in your IT team are planning on leaving within the next 12 months. Not to depress you even more, but it turns out that those internal job change programs that you have perhaps … Read more IT Managers Know That Trial By Fire Is The Best Way To Pick New IT Leaders

New Ways For IT Managers To Keep The Staff That You Have

First the bad news: it turns out that 25% of the best workers in the IT department are planning on leaving within the next 12 months. Do I have your attention now? Not to depress you even more, but it turns out that those internal job change programs that are intended to develop the next … Read more New Ways For IT Managers To Keep The Staff That You Have

It Turns Out That Personal Skills ARE Important For IT Leaders

Why Does Hacking Still Work So Well? So here’s an interesting question for you: in this day and age, why is it still so easy to hack into a corporate computer system? I mean we’ve had years to invest in sophisticated encryption systems and multi-step identity verification systems. The answer is surprisingly simple – the … Read more It Turns Out That Personal Skills ARE Important For IT Leaders