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9/24/2014 | 2:51:06 PM
Re: Too chummy
@vnewman2 "Too chummy" is anything that could be turned into a scene for "30 Rock" or the sadly departed, "The Office"
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9/24/2014 | 2:47:04 PM
Re: The biggest ones I see as a Manager are...
@ChrisMurphy Facebook was just an example; Twitter, CNN, Etsy, Amazon and Zappos are just as insidious ;)
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9/24/2014 | 2:31:11 PM
Re: Problems with the boss
@LaurianneMcLaughlin Nice to see the Editor-in-Chief chiming in. Have I told how much fun it is being interviewed by Kevin?

If communicating were so easy, there wouldn't be 108,157 books about Business Communications on Amazon (not to mention the number of books on communications for couples).

Both managers and non-managers seem to make the same kinds of career errors over and over again; HR has to intervene over and ocer again. Recruiting has to find someone new over and over again.

ALL for the same reasons.
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9/24/2014 | 2:22:32 PM
Re: The biggest ones I see as a Manager are...
@SachinEE On one level, the manager needs to educate their team; on another level, the team needs to educate their manager. Knowledge flows both ways - just because they're the manager doesn't mean that they're the brightest bulb on the porch (to think this way is kind of very old school).

One idea is to have a skunkworks/knowledge day once a quarter - an internal company tech conference - to share cool stuff. 15 minute presos for everyone...

As far as managers knowing their team, that should be a given. But think about the questions asked during the interview or the quarterly performance reviews (you're not just doung these once a year, are you?): How well do hiring managers REALLY get to know their potential team members during the recruiting phase?

BIG opportunity for improvement here...
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9/24/2014 | 2:14:22 PM
Re: Career stuck in the mud?
@dried_squid I think you're saying the what's new and hot takes up more mental energy than the foundational elements of IT (or anything for that matter). That's a great observation and completely true. It also obfuscates how companies view - and review - talent: If you have the "new and hot" you're considered "better" than someone who doesn't - which is ludicrous and speaks to a weakness in leadership.

But there's a reason why "new and shiny" sells when "old reliable" works just fine.

Yes, I'm sticking with my iPhone 4...
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9/24/2014 | 2:09:05 PM
Re: The biggest ones I see as a Manager are...
@jagibbons Being a superlative performer means you have to push past "the point of pain" into a realm where the pain disappears and the distractions blend into the background. This isn't easy to do when you can see others being substantially more social than you.

Ultimately, you still have to choose what feels right for you regardless of what others do. When you're looking in the mirror, the only person you see should be you; when you see others, then you have problems ;)
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9/24/2014 | 2:02:49 PM
Re: Problems with the boss
@JoeStanganelli IMO, a now incompetent employee was likely chosen by the manager during the recruiting process because of their competence. So the issue can be traced back to how the companyh recruits. Second, I'm sure you and all the folks here know of people elevated to management without the proper skills or training. That's a whole other ball of wax.

The way I think of it is as a long-time married couple who were once madly in love, spoke like chatterboxes, and couldn't see enough of each other. The right marriage counseling can work wonders BUT only if both sides want it.

I'm wondering what HR is doing about this?
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9/24/2014 | 1:55:37 PM
Re: Suitable for all business scenarios
@MrHenschen Thanks for seeing how these apply to all employees...

Funny how many folks become complacent once in the job. I advise people to spend 2 nights each month attending Meetups, association meetings, etc. to meet, greet, and refresh themselves. I run a few Meetups here in NYC and the topics are always current and chosen to make people think laterally. Or to write it more clearly, the topics are chosen so folks come away thinking, "I didn't know that..."
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9/24/2014 | 1:49:12 PM
Re: Too chummy
@Shane Being too chummy is a mistake I made decades ago - and vowed to never do it again. The challenge is that many find it hard to distinguish professional from personal when they're spending so much time at work.

But chummy flows both ways - and in both instances, it's an HR issue. How many companies actually have an HR department that is strong enough to handle issues like this?

 
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9/24/2014 | 1:45:59 PM
Re: The biggest ones I see as a Manager are...
@ProgMan Perhaps a solution is to designate a "Facebook Fifteen" where people can Like to their heart's content without fear of repurcussions. In every company no matter the size, there are those who do more than others; as I like to describe culture, it's what you do when no one is around to manage you. In other words, when only a few are going the extra mile, the issue isn't so much leadership as it is bad recruiting...
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