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vnewman2
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9/23/2014 | 6:56:03 PM
Re: Too chummy
@Shane - Agree that this is a great point seldom made.  My view is "too chummy" becomes unprofessional when the user no longer takes you seriously in your role or think they deserve special treatment because of their personal relationship with you.
jagibbons
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9/23/2014 | 6:58:51 AM
Re: The biggest ones I see as a Manager are...
Almost anything can be a time-waster if it is not done at the appropriate time. The successful pros in any field find the important thing to do at that time as opposed to anything else that may be important at other times but not right now.
ChrisMurphy
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9/22/2014 | 6:32:14 PM
Re: The biggest ones I see as a Manager are...
Great insight, and I'm not sure it even has to be Facebook that soaks up your extra time -- we can also spend too much time on legitimately work-related digital communication channels, like internal email, social networks, etc. Those are indispensible tools, but they'll also soak up as much time as you give them.   
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9/22/2014 | 3:19:45 PM
Re: Problems with the boss
It's hard to generalize about advice on communicating with managers. People have different levels of maturity, different pressures...Take what you can use here and personalize it for your situation.
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9/22/2014 | 3:01:53 PM
Re: The biggest ones I see as a Manager are...
To be working in IT, you must always be technically forward, and it would have to mean cutting down on your facebook hours. To be technically forward an IT guy must alwasy undergo a metamorphosis and this is the only thing that will secure his future. Expanding the skillset of the employee is what managers must also take heed in.
SachinEE
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9/22/2014 | 2:59:14 PM
Re: The biggest ones I see as a Manager are...
I think managers should try to know what moves the employees under him. Every employee is different and needs different motivational techniques. Any manager who has mastered that can captain his team out of any tough situation (like decision making marketing values).
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9/22/2014 | 2:28:19 PM
Career stuck in the mud?
I hope not.


I perceive my IT career from the vertex of a triangle, the other vertexes are the non-IT supervisors and and the non-IT workers.

 

For any shared task, each vertex has it's own priorities and desired futures. Same occurs in the inner sanctum, ie. my IT career, IT supervisors, and IT workers.

 

In general, I agree with the six points, for more than just the IT area. And I suggest there's another current muddying the waters of anyone in any career, considering the last 15 years, the idea that new applications in IT are more important than new ideas on how we do what we do.

 

Without electricity, IT is stuck in the mud. What about the services our people provide?

 

I fear some groups see new applications religously, irrespective of the mission at hand. I believe that puts me at risk.
jagibbons
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9/22/2014 | 12:52:16 PM
Re: The biggest ones I see as a Manager are...
Agree with highlighting time management. Too many talented people waste too much time on things that don't drive innovation or drive value. There are times to unplug from the hectic pace of the day, but it can be very difficult for many to regain the focus that is critical to growth and success.
Joe Stanganelli
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9/22/2014 | 12:39:50 PM
Problems with the boss
I have a bit of a different perspective w/ #6... The vast majority of cases I've seen of people seriously not getting along with the boss have involved 1) an employee who was truly an incompetent, horrible person or 2) unlawful employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and or other unlawful activity by the employer.

In the case of the latter, talking with the boss about it seems to be inviting even more trouble -- especially in my experience as an attorney who has dealt with these matters.

And in the case of the former -- well, a truly horrible, incompetent employee isn't going to think that they're the problem, anyway...and they'll be fired soon enough.
D. Henschen
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9/22/2014 | 12:30:03 PM
Suitable for all business scenarios
I'd say this list is suitable for any type of professional. For IT I'd add "doesn't match technical skills to the job description." Yes, some tech skills are more in demand and, thereforce, pay more, but if you don't really have them, don't be a pretender. Even if you're skills are aligned with the jog, you have to stay "plugged in," as the aritcle advises keeping up with the latest skills and trends in your domain.
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