Category Archive: managing up

Telling Stories – Even in Technology

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Recently, I got to have a blast telling a story. We put together a story about our company’s two-year history and posted it to SlideShare. In fact, I had so much fun that… Continue reading

On Wars and Battles

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself using the phrase, “Right war, wrong battle.” As a principled leader, I’ve fought wrong battles many times without realizing that fighting those battles may have… Continue reading

On Letting Go

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I’m not very good at letting things go. I have learned to forgive easily (I’m pretty much incapable of bearing a grudge), but if I know that someone is carrying around a misconception,… Continue reading

On Information

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Years ago, a friend’s parents told me a story of when they decided that he could and should start taking responsibility for his own decisions. At the end of winter break, they decided… Continue reading

On the Blame Game

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I pride myself on not playing the Blame Game. I tend to say, “I don’t really care who caused the problem, I want to know two things: how to fix it, and how… Continue reading

On Managing Expectations

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My apologies to my faithful readers who expected a post yesterday. Somehow that whole week starting on Tuesday thing really threw me off, and I’m swamped this week, with something due for the… Continue reading

On Scheduling

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One of the most unfortunate business practices I’ve seen is management’s failure to consult geeks before committing to deadlines. I’ve experienced this personally (“We’re moving in two months and need all new technology!… Continue reading

On Feet

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Did that title get your attention? Good. The title will become clear… Geek leaders (and the geeks who follow them) are often frustrated by the business folk in their company. We present upper… Continue reading

On Language, Part 2

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You can find On Language, Part 1 here. If you are a leader of geeks, you will find that you often have to translate their tasks and projects to someone above. Someone distinctly… Continue reading