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meetings – The Accidental IT Leader

How Managers Can Prevent Their Teams From Spending Too Much Time In Meetings

Managers need to protect a team's productivity and morale

So here’s an important question for managers: how much of your week do you spend in meetings? I suspect that the answer is probably “A lot.” Too often back-to-back meetings are becoming the norm throughout the business world, leaving everyone frazzled and farther behind at the end of each day. We need to ask ourselves … Read more

How To Celebrate Successes With Your Team

When you team has a success, you need to acknowledge it

As a manager you need to remember that celebrating our achievements is important for every team. Joyfully acknowledging milestones gives credit to the hard work done by the team, provides motivation for reaching goals, and rewards everyone for a job well done. Nowhere is this truer than where we work. Managers need to realize that … Read more

Managers Need To Understand The Difference Between “Working From Home” And “Remote Working”

It turns out that these two ways of working are actually very different

As managers, one of our goals is to find ways to get the most out of everyone who is part of our team. One way to go about doing this is to show some flexibility in where our team members perform their work. Right now both remote working and “working from home” are popular workplace … Read more

Hey Manager, How Much Of Your Time Are You Wasting?

Where does all of your time go and how can you get it back?

What is the most precious thing that you own? Your home? Your car? Maybe an expensive watch or some jewelry? Nope, I can say with some confidence that the most valuable thing that you own is your time. This is the one thing that even with our manager skills none of us ever seem to … Read more

Hey Manager – Could You Be Too Much Into This Team Thing?

Yes, collaboration is important, but could you be hurting your team?

Yea! It’s time to work on a team! How many times have you heard someone say this to you? As managers of a team, we are expected use our manager skills to lead by example and so we are the ones who are supposed to be able to show our team what it means to … Read more

How Can A Manager Know When They Are On Thin Ice?

You don’t want to be blindsided at the office

So how are things going for you at work? Are you getting along with everyone – especially your boss? Or are you starting to get left out of meetings that you used to get invited to? Are the people that you work with starting to become cool towards you? Has your boss stopped having conversations … Read more

Should IT Managers Track Their Employees?

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

How IT Managers Can End Boring Meetings

You know what I’m talking about. We’ve all attended boring meetings. We probably didn’t want to go in the first place but our IT manager training didn’t show us how to avoid attending. When we got there we really didn’t care about the things that were being discussed. Once it was all over, we promptly … Read more