How To Avoid Having Unengaged Employees On Your Team

When you have new people join your team, they generally do so with a great deal of excitement. There are a lot of things that they want to accomplish and they are looking forward to learning many new things. However, over time this has a habit of changing. Over time you are almost guaranteed to … Read moreHow To Avoid Having Unengaged Employees On Your Team

What A Manager Should Do When Their Friend Is Not Doing Their Job

Can you ever have too many friends? I don’t think so. As a manager it is very likely that at one time or another one of your friends will be someone who is on your team. This is a pretty natural thing and as long as both of you keep it professional, there should be … Read moreWhat A Manager Should Do When Their Friend Is Not Doing Their Job

4 Tips For How IT Managers Can Talk With Their Managers

So here’s an interesting question for you, what is the most important conversation that you’ll have as an IT manager? It turns out that the answer to this question is the conversation(s) that you’ll have with your management. If we can all agree that these are important, the next question is just exactly what you … Read more4 Tips For How IT Managers Can Talk With Their Managers

Do You Have What It Takes To Be An IT Manager?

So everyone can be an IT manager, right? If you said yes, then you’ve not met some of the managers that I’ve had to work for during my career. The answer is that no, not everyone has the required IT manager skills and they are not cut out to be a manager. However, knowing if … Read moreDo You Have What It Takes To Be An IT Manager?

You Can Be An IT Leader, Here’s How…

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 moreYou Can Be An IT Leader, Here’s How…

Staffing Diversity Challenges IT Leaders

They say that the world is becoming a smaller place – I think that they just might be right. IT Leaders are starting to realize that coming up with ways to staff their teams so that they are diverse is quickly moving from being a political nicety to now becoming a business necessity. Does anyone … Read moreStaffing Diversity Challenges IT Leaders

Recruiting Is Something That IT Leaders Need To Start Thinking About Again

It’s starting to look like the economic winter just might be getting ready to thaw. Once this happens, IT Leaders realize that they’re going to have a massive task added to their already overloaded plate – recruitment. During the economic downturn IT workers were staying put because they didn’t know what was going to happen … Read moreRecruiting Is Something That IT Leaders Need To Start Thinking About Again

Making Changes To Your IT Department – 8 Things An IT Leader Should Know

Have you ever heard the phrase “When senior management doesn’t know what to do, they reorganize”? I’m not sure if this is always true, but it sure seems as though when times are tough reorganizations, restructuring, and even re-engineering are things that can happen to any department in IT. What’s an IT Leader to do … Read moreMaking Changes To Your IT Department – 8 Things An IT Leader Should Know

Alternate Reality Games: Games That IT Leaders Know How To Play

As an IT Leader, you’ve got some challenges facing you. You’re managing a diverse and potentially distributed work force of highly skilled and talented IT professionals. You need to find a way to keep them challenged, and yet at the same time enable them to find ways to work together. Have you considered Alternate Reality … Read moreAlternate Reality Games: Games That IT Leaders Know How To Play

Arrest Of Goldman IT Worker Shows Failure Of An IT Leader

Sergey Aleynikov, 39 years old,  was arrested by the FBI as he got off a plane at the Newark Liberty International airport. Aleynikov is being charged with stealing data with “the intent to convert that trade secret to be economic benefit of someone other than the the owner”. Keeping in mind that everyone in this … Read moreArrest Of Goldman IT Worker Shows Failure Of An IT Leader