How Many Days Away Are You?

Here is how a career as people manager typically plays out.  You are an engineer and really good at what you do.  You are an expert in a technology or a specific domain.  Then you become the boss.  Your main responsibility isn’t to be the expert anymore.  It’s to manage and grow experts on your…

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Superheroes Don’t Work at Corporations

This message is for the workaholics out there, and not for those of you who barely want to get your work done, who aren’t interested in doing more than just what is asked at work, or who have a balanced lifestyle so that you are seeing many years of success within your career.  This blog won’t help you…

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Advice From Your 95 year old Self

There you are sitting on your death bed.  Yep, you had a good life.  And although many people have come to visit you and feel sad for you, you aren’t sad.  You are content.  You did absolutely everything you wanted to do and had a ton of happiness along the way.  If you had to…

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Vision Without Action is a Daydream, Action Without Vision is a Nightmare

Does your team have a vision?  If it doesn’t, it should.  I heard this saying once that really sums it up, “vision without action is a daydream, action without vision is a nightmare”.  In my experience, most teams are taking action yet the team vision is non-existent.  Now I wouldn’t say those experiences were nightmares,…

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That Team Is Struggling – Great!

Ok, you are thinking that I’m crazy.  If the team is struggling, why would you want to be on it?  Or lead it?  Do you really want to set yourself up to deal with all the problems that need fixed?  And what if they aren’t fixable?  Doesn’t a well-established, smooth-functioning team sound like one where…

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The Tactics of Making a Strategy

As a team leader or manager, people will look to you to describe the direction the team is heading in the future – the strategy.  Here is a surprising definition from www.dictionary.com that makes me wonder how similar managing a group of engineers is to leading a war.  Some days, I can definitely see the…

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No Crystal Ball Required

One of the most challenge skills to master is long-term planning.  This skill is needed for many different tasks at work, especially around project planning, budget planning, and (at a personal level) your career planning.  Long-term planning is needed in order to get the most out of these exercises.  In order to plan successfully, there…

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