MBA Opportunities at Microsoft

Before I get started I should point out that I am not an MBA and I don’t play one on TV.  The closest I ever came to a business class was when I took Accounting I at the nearby community college in 1990 or so.  I’m an engineer through and through. That all changed due…

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Ineffective Middle-Management Suckups

Anonymous said: Managers love to give more reasons why lots of managers are a good thing. Why lots of managerial levels are a good thing. Your explanation of the file/rank structure and their leads is great. And its right on target. A lead with 5/6 reports (ideally 8 or so) is great – one with…

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What do managers do and how big should my team be?

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.Butcher, in Shakespeare’s King Henry VI The first thing we do, let’s fire all the managers.Just about every employee at one time or another since the 1911 release of Frederick Taylor’s Principles of Scientific Management Today I thought I would talk a little about a topic…

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Understanding orgs and helping them work better

This is the time of year at Microsoft when individuals and managers decide what HR courses and training to take.  I just finished going through the process of nominating members of the team for courses that have enrollment limits—ug!  There are a lot of options, but for many this all feels a bit like a…

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The path to GM — some thoughts on becoming a general manager

The recruiting season is getting underway and shortly we’ll be “at a college near you” looking to connect.  I will be at Harvard Business School the first week of October, where I’ll visit some classes and also participate in a career fair.  I hope to see some readers there! I met this week with one…

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More about learning from the past — Office Assistant

The past couple of weeks have been busy as all the interns moved on (yippie we have more parking) and we’re gearing up for the Fall when we visit lots of college campuses around the US, Canada, Mexico (Europe is later).  I’m planning on visiting a few schools in October so I hope to see…

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