How Managers Can Learn New Skills

Managers need to find the time to learn new things

Managers, at least the good ones, realize that we don’t know it all. Sure, back in the day we went to school and took a lot of classes. We learned a lot. Then we went out and got jobs. Since then we’ve probably not been learning that many new things. As the world in which … Read more

Should Managers Let Their Team Members Set Their Own Goals?

How hand's on should a manager be?

One of the biggest challenges that we face as managers is trying to determine just exactly how hands-on we should be with the members of our team. The problem is that there is no one solution to this problem. A great example of this dilemma comes when it’s time for an employee to set goals. … Read more

What Managers Should Do (Or Not Do) When You Get Promoted

Getting promoted is great – but what do you do now?

Congratulations to you! You’ve just been promoted! Finally all of that great work (and the great work of your team) along with your manager skills have been recognized. Umm, now what should you be doing? The world that you used to know has gone away. You are now in a new position and the people … Read more

How Managers Can Deal With Being Promoted

Everything changes when you get promoted. Do you know how to handle it?

Getting promoted is what every manager wants. With your new position comes more money, more responsibility, better benefits, and perhaps even elevated status. However, it turns out that there is a downside to this type of career advancement. You may now be asking yourself “where did all of my friends go?” Likewise, now when you … Read more

Some Managers Thrive On Negative Feedback

Some managers like to get negative feedback

If I had to guess what kind of feedback you like to get, I’d be willing that just like the rest of us you like positive feedback about your manager skills the best. However, somewhat surprisingly it turns out that there is a type of manager who likes a different type of feedback. Negative feedback. … Read more

How Managers Can Reinvent Themselves

Managers need to find ways to stay valuable as workplaces favor the young

So is there any downside to becoming a manager? One possibility is the simple fact that it takes time. By the time most of us become managers, we’re not as young as we used to be. What this means is that we find ourselves in a workplace filled with younger people trying to use our … Read more

How Can Managers Get People To Work Together?

Collaboration by employees across departments is needed but difficult

More and more companies are starting to realize that if they want to get the most out of their employees, they are going to have to get employees from different departments to work together. It turns out that this can be difficult to do. How is a manager going to use their manager skills to … Read more

Can A Manager Recover From A Bad First Impression?

We are all familiar with the phrase “you only get one chance to make a first impression”. However, is that really true? I think that we all realize that if we make a mistake when we’re meeting someone for the first time, it can do damage to how they view us. The good news is … Read more

Every IT Manager Needs To Have A Career Blueprint

Congratulations, you’ve got a job. Now, let’s talk about what happens next. There are a lot of different ways that this can play out. Perhaps you come into work one day and decide that this job now bores you and that you’d like to get a new one. Or perhaps your boss calls you into … Read more