Category Archive: teambuilding

Useless Feedback

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An email ruined my weekend. (And I’m still mad.) It was an email filled with extraordinarily useless feedback, including completely false accusations. The person who sent it was so unaware of her own… Continue reading

Jumping on the “WTF Yahoo!” bandwagon (re: working remotely)

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I realize that pretty much everyone is writing about the Yahoo! work from home debacle (hi Jim!).  Just in case you’re living under a rock, here’s the salient part of the memo: To… Continue reading

On Termination

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Firing a geek should be the most difficult task for any Geek Leader. If it’s not, the leader should consider that he or she might be too angry to be rational about the… Continue reading

On Interviewing

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I have to admit that I find the process of interviewing prospective candidates for a job to be an odd mix of exciting and nerve-wracking. While I absolutely love getting to know people… Continue reading

On Skepticism

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At the ILTA ’09 conference in August, I attended a couple of sessions by Jason Dorsey, the Gen Y guy. At the second of his sessions, he mentioned a service online that helped… Continue reading

On Caution

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I’m not a particularly cautious person. I’m the person in the room who wants a quick decision and subsequent quick action. I get bored discussing alternatives after a decision is made, and a… Continue reading

On Transparency, Part II

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My apologies for the 2-week gap; I’ve been developing content for a blog that will launch mid-May. But on to the subject: transparency. Again. In Part I, I discussed opening up my master… Continue reading

On My Values

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My values as an IT Director and as a human being: Everyone is equally deserving of my respect (until they do something pretty extreme to lose it). My staff, my co-w0rkers, the end-users… Continue reading

On Correction

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One of the greatest challenges in management is correcting staff, especially when you’re somewhat annoyed at them. While it might feel really good to vent your anger by stalking into your geek’s cube… Continue reading

On Attitude

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Approximately two years ago, in my class on Authentic Leadership, we read an article (can’t find the citation–sorry!) on how having a positive attitude led to better working results in every single profession.… Continue reading