Archive for June, 2012
ManagementSpeak: You’ve got a bright future at this organization. Translation: Assuming, of course, that by “great future” you mean every day will be exactly like today. This week’s contributor has a great future as a translator.
Just about every job is easy, right up until it’s your job. Then it’s hard, and deeply complicated. How can people avoid falling into this trap? Maybe if they had time for a hobby, they’d be able to keep a better perspective.
ManagementSpeak: We understand that this has not been as successful a transition as we planned. Translation: What do you want? We fired a guy and redesigned the org chart, but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Everyone knows, employees just naturally resist change. Long-time reader “L.T.” appreciates a manager’s ability to keep “on message” when […]
One of IT’s critical roles is to provide technology leadership to the business. That takes more than just vision. It takes more than knowing the current hot industry trends. It takes understanding your company, its idiosyncrasies, and its place in the world.
“Vegetarian – an old Indian word meaning ‘lousy hunter.’” – Andy Rooney
Humans are tribal. You can’t change that about yourself. You can consciously decide which tribes you belong to, though, and that’s almost as good.
ManagementSpeak: There are exceptional IT professionals pounding the pavement right now, waiting to be found. Translation: And a lot of companies won’t hire them because they have some gray hair. I don’t know why they’re complaining, though. At least they have hair.
One reason recruiting is such a mess is that internal recruiting has made bad assumptions about what matters. If it understood the six dimensions of optimization, it could fix this.