Any department of sufficient size will have responsibilities and roles that involve many aspects of team work. In any given organization experiencing low morale, most likely an atmosphere of poor teamwork exists. For these organizations, this lack of quality teamwork will be counter-productive, thus making goals much more difficult to achieve. In the book…… Continue reading Book Review: The Five Dysfuntions of a Team
1. Use Actions as your Voice The essential outlook from Batman’s point of view is to use actions instead of voice to achieve a vision. Too many people often speak a great deal, and wing up doing very little. While stating visions to others is very important, failure to follow up with action may make…… Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Batman
Previous posts to my blog have argued for organizations to promote from within whenever possible. I feel this will have a tendency to reward loyalty, thus creating an espirit de corps within the ranks. One of the leading innovation and efficiency killers is having a staff of workers with low morale. Producing revenue from services…… Continue reading Loyalty Should be Rewarded
Yoda has the appearance of a wise old sage, an elder with deep insight and full of wisdom. In the Star Wars universe, perhaps the single most important hero in the saga is Yoda, a Jedi master of very advanced age and immense wisdom. After the fall of the republic, Yoda goes into hiding, waiting…… Continue reading The Importance of Leading Like Yoda
As a manager, it may be nice to think of giving an order, and the staff follows it without question. It seems to be a good example of a strong organizational hierarchy, or the most effective and efficient way to run a department. I am the manager, they are the staff I supervise, and there…… Continue reading Should Staff Blindly Follow Orders?
Back in 2007 I was promoted to an IT manager, suddenly responsible for an evolving team of twelve analysts, all had varying degrees of skills and abilities, each of which also had a unique personality. I cannot speak with any authority on other organizations, but for me, it was a trial by fire. I think…… Continue reading Some Thoughts on Management
Over the last few years, I have read a few leadership and management books. It seems that when I was simply an IT analyst, the larger picture of things did not seem to apply. I did not really focus on the big picture and tended to keep a narrow focus on my tasks at hand. …… Continue reading Book Review: It’s Your Ship (Captain Michael Abrashoff)