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Managers Have To Practice Conscientiousness

A manager’s success is actually about conscientiousness, not competition Image Credit: Fabio Venni When a manager is looking to use their manager skills to add someone to their team, what are the qualities that we should be looking for? Sure, we often go looking for a future team member who will be driven, aggressive, and focused on reaching their goals. However, is it possible that we’ve been getting this all wrong? It turns out that the personality trait that predicts success at ...
Tags: Leadership, Careers, Success, Jim Anderson, Conscientiousness, Diligent, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Conscientious, Considerate Of Others, High Complexity Jobs, Personality Trait, Fabio Venni


Managers Prepare To Use AI As Their Offices Start To Open Up

Safety monitoring is one of the things that manager will need to do Image Credit: Jesús Corrius The Covid-19 pandemic caused just about every office to shut down and close their doors. Each member of your team started working from home and as a manager you had a whole new set of issues that you had to work through in order to keep your team both together and productive. However, now things are once again starting to change. The arrival of a vaccine has allowed business to once again ...
Tags: Health, Productivity, Work From Home, Office, Careers, Management, Traffic, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Hybrid, Jim Anderson, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


How Managers Can Prevent Their Teams From Spending Too Much Time In Meetings

Managers need to protect a team’s productivity and morale Image Credit: Zach Graves So here’s an important question for managers: how much of your week do you spend in meetings? I suspect that the answer is probably “A lot.” Too often back-to-back meetings are becoming the norm throughout the business world, leaving everyone frazzled and farther behind at the end of each day. We need to ask ourselves why does this happen? It sure seems as though pointless recurring meetings are one ...
Tags: Careers, Calendar, Manager, Team, Meetings, Topics, Team Building, Zach Graves, Overload, Jim Anderson, Expiration Date, Recurring, Zone, Bullpen, IT manager skills, IT manager training


Managers Need To Work To Deepen Their Emotional Intelligence

Managers need to find ways to boost their emotional intelligence Image Credit: Abhijit Bhaduri The world of management is filled with a number of different buzz words. One such word that we’ve been hearing for a while is “emotional intelligence”. The reason that managers should start to pay attention to this topic is because evidence is showing that emotional intelligence plays a big role in workplace performance if we can develop the right manager skills. Team members with high emo...
Tags: Leadership, Judgment, Careers, Friend, Online, Manager, Emotions, Enemy, Conclusion, Emotional Intelligence, Progress, Successes, Dr Jim Anderson Blue Elephant Consulting, Abhijit Bhaduri, Responsible, IT manager skills


How To Celebrate Successes With Your Team

When you team has a success, you need to acknowledge it Image Credit: Multnomah County Library As a manager you need to remember that celebrating our achievements is important for every team. Joyfully acknowledging milestones gives credit to the hard work done by the team, provides motivation for reaching goals, and rewards everyone for a job well done. Nowhere is this truer than where we work. Managers need to realize that many of team members spend more time working than with thei...
Tags: Careers, It, Anniversaries, Customer, Manager, Team, Meetings, Metrics, Slack, Team Building, Individual, Successes, Jim Anderson, Multnomah County Library, IT manager skills, IT manager training


Managers Need To Understand The Difference Between “Working From Home” And “Remote Working”

As managers, one of our goals is to find ways to get the most out of everyone who is part of our team. One way to go about doing this is to show some flexibility in where our team members perform their work. Right now both remote working and “working from home” are popular workplace trends that can have real benefits for your team. Managers know that there are huge benefits for the company as well, especially when you think about the having ability to add team members regardless of where t...
Tags: Work From Home, Space, Environment, Careers, Management, Remote Work, Manager, Managers, Coworkers, Meetings, Jim Anderson, Office Equipment, Occasion, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


How A Manager Can Effectively Execute An Offsite Team Meeting

A well-run offsite meeting can make a team work better together Image Credit: Joits Every manager realizes that the members of their team are one of the biggest expenses that their company has to deal with. At the same time we all realize that company culture is critical, and your team needs clear goals. You can tackle all three of these issues by conducting a well-planned company offsite that can help you excel in all three categories. A meeting like this will allow you to reset, m...
Tags: Goals, Careers, Company Culture, Planning, It, Manager, Attention, Agenda, Purpose, Team Building, Jim Anderson, Team Meeting, Offsite, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


Should Managers Let Their Team Members Set Their Own Goals?

How hand’s on should a manager be? Image Credit: Orin Zebest One of the biggest challenges that we face as managers is trying to determine just exactly how hands-on we should be with the members of our team. The problem is that there is no one solution to this problem. A great example of this dilemma comes when it’s time for an employee to set goals. As their manager, should you be using your manager skills to do this and if you do, will it result in them not trusting you? The Pr...
Tags: Goals, Support, Trust, Careers, Management, Skills, It, Manager, Autonomy, Managers, Structure, Dr Jim Anderson Blue Elephant Consulting, Micromanagement, Time Every, Orin Zebest, IT manager skills


Managers Need To Have A Plan To Deal With An Active Shooter

Nobody wants to think about it, but you do need to have a plan Image Credit: COD Newsroom I really wish that we did not have to have this discussion. No matter how much manager training you’ve had or how sharp you think that your manager skills are, none of us is ready to deal with a life & death situation that having someone in our office with a gun creates. In the past this never seemed to be a problem. The office was seen as being a safe place where everyone could get along. Sur...
Tags: Leadership, Safety, Careers, It, Manager, Active Shooter, Jim Anderson, COD Newsroom, Control System, Team training, Time Managers, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Access Control System, Proactive Actions


Hey Manager, How Much Of Your Time Are You Wasting?

Where does all of your time go and how can you get it back? Image Credit: Kostya Sasquatch What is the most precious thing that you own? Your home? Your car? Maybe an expensive watch or some jewelry? Nope, I can say with some confidence that the most valuable thing that you own is your time. This is the one thing that even with our manager skills none of us ever seem to have enough of and we would all like to find ways to get more of it. The biggest question that we all have to answe...
Tags: Career, Time, Careers, Manager, Waste, Meetings, Requests, Emails, Reports, Jim Anderson, Interruptions, Time Welcome, Wasting, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


Has Hiring Become Broken At Your Company?

As a manager, you need to do a better job of hiring than everyone else Image Credit: Ryan McGilchrist As managers we know that staffing our teams with the best people for the job is a critical part of creating teams that can accomplish great things. However, all too often when you take a look at how a company is going about hiring people, you’ll discover that somehow the process has become broken. Lots of companies like to talk about making the hiring process better, but they don’t ...
Tags: Legal, Interview, Careers, It, Manager, Questions, Hiring, Staffing, Don, Ghosting, Dr Jim Anderson Blue Elephant Consulting, Job Descriptions, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, One and Done


Managers Need To Know How To Write Effective Job Postings

Managers have to make changes to how they describe open positions Image Credit: aaron_anderer If you are a manager and you have an opening on your team, what do you do? If you are like most of us your HR department is going to come to you and ask that you create a job description so that they can go post it and see who applies for it. This is the way that we’ve always done things. However, it has not always worked out all that well. The wrong people apply for jobs or, even worse, to...
Tags: Gender, Careers, Job, Diversity, Challenges, Long, Manager, Words, Staffing, Candidate, Diverse, Range, Dr Jim Anderson Blue Elephant Consulting, Job Description, What All Of This Means, IT manager skills


What Do Managers Need To Know About Employee Biometric Data?

Employees are staring to worry about what will happen with their data Image Credit: jakub Managers are aware that the modern workplace is having technology added to it every day. The new technologies that companies are using includes things like fingerprint and facial scanners. Every time that a worker gets scanned, more and more data about that worker is collected by the company. What is starting to happen is that workers are becoming aware of the enormous amount of data about the...
Tags: Lawsuit, Technology, Storage, Supreme Court, Careers, Usage, Manager, Illinois, Data Loss, Fingerprint, Data Security, Jim Anderson, Biometric Data, Deepfake, IT manager skills, IT manager training


Managers Need To Know If They Are Confident Or Overconfident

There is a fine line between being confident and being overconfident Image Credit: myri_bonnie So manager – are you overconfident? I’m pretty sure that we all know that being self-confident is one of the manager skills that we all need in order to be a great manager. However, it turns out that there is a dark side to this trait – we can easily become overconfident. When we are confident we act decisively and challenge other people. When we are overconfident we become arrogant and ...
Tags: Leadership, Careers, It, Challenge, Confidence, Confident, Ideas, Manager, Listen, Arrogance, Jim Anderson, Overlook, Decisive, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


Are Working For A Boss Who Is A Tornado?

Having a disruptive leader means you need to take special precautions Image Credit: jan jernmark So the big question that I have for you is what kind of boss are you currently working for? Right now it is very trendy to be a disruptive leader. These types of bosses have a take-no-prisoners management style that can both ignite new trends within the company while at the same time crushing the competition. However, it turns out that there is also a darker side to these types of boss...
Tags: Career, Careers, It, Manager, Collaboration, Deadline, Charismatic, Dissent, Jim Anderson, Management Style, Charming, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Disruptive Boss, Take-no-prisoners


Are You Working For A Boss Who Is A Tornado?

Having a disruptive leader means you need to take special precautions Image Credit: jan jernmark So the big question that I have for you is what kind of boss are you currently working for? Right now it is very trendy to be a disruptive leader. These types of bosses have a take-no-prisoners management style that can both ignite new trends within the company while at the same time crushing the competition. However, it turns out that there is also a darker side to these types of boss...
Tags: Career, Careers, It, Manager, Collaboration, Deadline, Charismatic, Dissent, Jim Anderson, Management Style, Charming, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Disruptive Boss, Take-no-prisoners


How To Be A Manager During A Time Of Grief

Managers need to use times of grief to find ways to strengthen their teams Image Credit: Riccardo Cuppini There is no question about it: we are currently living in a time of almost unimaginable grief. There are always things that are making the members of your team feel sad and down. However, with the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic and the death and destruction that has come along with it, we are all feeling even more emotionally battered than ever before. As a manager who is respo...
Tags: Grief, Leadership, Careers, Culture, Loss, Team, Sadness, Emotion, Authenticity, Don, Jim Anderson, Riccardo Cuppini, Team Member, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


How To Spot Bad Team Members In Zoom Meetings

The ripple effect of bad team members can have an effect on everyone Image Credit: Damien Walmsley In the new world in which we are all living, video conferencing (perhaps via Zoom) has become commonplace. What this means for managers is that we are having to use our manager skills to adjust to a new way of working. Since we are responsible for our teams, this means that we are responsible for how they communicate via tools such as Zoom. It turns out that what we need to be on the l...
Tags: Careers, Empathy, Bully, Body Language, Rude, Down, Team Building, Toxic, Coworker, Jim Anderson, Damien Walmsley, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


Managers Need To Learn How To Get Rid Of Low-Priority Work

Managers are busy people, we need to learn how to get rid of work that does not matter Image Credit: NASA ICE So just how busy are you? If you are like most managers these days you have more work to do than you have hours in a day. We understand that there is a great deal of work that needs you to use your manager skills to get done. However, more and more there seem to be tasks that we consider to be “low-priority” that keep showing up on our desks. We really don’t want to waste ou...
Tags: Work From Home, Leadership, Careers, Nasa, Teams, Meetings, Prioritize, Dr Jim Anderson Blue Elephant Consulting, Critical, Busy Work, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Work Tasks


Managers Work Remotely To Get Their Teams To Work Together

Managers have to find ways to get remote teams to work together Image Credit: Phil Whitehouse Technology is a wonderful thing. It has allowed managers to use their manager skills to build teams that no longer have to be located in the same location. However, when a team is distributed, there are set of new challenges that managers need to be aware of and find ways to deal with. A team that does not have to work side by side may not develop the same sense of team spirit that can help...
Tags: Careers, Management, Remote Work, Manager, Managers, Vpn, Team, Laptop, Microsoft Corp, Jim Anderson, Microsoft Teams, Disconnected, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Phil Whitehouse Technology


How Managers Should Do Performance Reviews During A Pandemic

Is this the year that you should ease up on your evaluations? Image Credit: gato-gato-gato Clearly the pandemic has changed just about everything having to do with going to work. As the season for end-of-the-year performance reviews starts to arrive, many team members may be starting to experience the standard level of dread that they feel every year. However, the pandemic has changed everything else and so perhaps it should also change the way that evaluations are done. This is som...
Tags: Careers, Management, Manager, Managers, Bonuses, Performance Review, Jim Anderson, Pandemic, Mid-Year Review, Time Technology, COVID-19, COVID, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


How Managers Can Boost Their Stage Presence During Videoconferences

Managers need to understand how to have stage presence during a video conference Image Credit: andreas_fischler As a manager it is important that you be able to show leadership skills to your team. When we used to meet with our teams in the office, we could do this by showing them that we were listening to them, making eye contact and other ways to let them know that we viewed them as being important. During the pandemic, these things are no longer easy to do. We are interacting wit...
Tags: Careers, Smile, Screen, Innovation, Occupy, Voice, Don, Eye Contact, Jim Anderson, Pandemic, Video Conference, COVID-19, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


How Can Managers Get Creative When It Comes To Team Member Burnout Issues?

Team member burnout is real and managers need to be able to deal with it Image Credit: Rolf Dietrich Brecher As the person who is in charge of a team of professionals, it has always been your job to make sure that everyone is doing well. Now that we are attempting to work our way through a pandemic, things like that have become a bit more difficult to do. However, it has become even more important that as managers we are able use our manager skills to detect when members of our team...
Tags: Careers, Management, Stress, Manager, Burnout, Feelings, Cope, Jim Anderson, Pandemic, Team Member, Rolf Dietrich Brecher, COVID-19, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


Bill Gates Suggestions For How To Become A Better Manager

The secret is to not just manage people Image Credit: Greg Rubenstein I don’t know about you, but I’m always open to getting some advice. Being a manager is hard work and I don’t claim to know how to do everything correctly. What I would really like is if someone that I really respected would take the time to point out what I should be doing in order to become a better manager. It turns out that, of all people, Bill Gates is willing to do just that. Hey, if he’s talking to me, then ...
Tags: Career, Microsoft, Careers, Bill Gates, Managers, Human, Bill, Empower, Perfection, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Jim Anderson, Pandemic, Mental Health Days, COVID-19, IT manager skills, IT manager training


How Managers Can Successfully Work From Home

Yes we can work from home, but we just have to know how to do it Image Credit: mik_p There is no question that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed everything for managers. Now that we all find ourselves working from home, we are being forced to find different ways to do everything that we used to do. Managing a team, delivering results, and doing all of the additional tasks that managers are called on to do can be especially challenging when we are isolated at home. What we need to do...
Tags: Career, Work From Home, Careers, Home Office, Expectations, Focus, Dedicated, Jim Anderson, Pandemic, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Covid-`19


What A Manager Needs To Do To Boost Their Team’s Morale

What a manager does can end up rallying a team to be successful Image Credit: Kate Nisbet Just about every manager has a complaint about the Covid-19 pandemic. It has disrupted the flow of teams in the office. It has sent everyone home to work. In fact, it has taken the fight out of your team. If we want to boost our teams back up, managers are going to have to find a way to re-inflate our teams. Just exactly how is a manager supposed to go about doing this? This Changes Everythi...
Tags: Leadership, Careers, Disappointment, Manager, Team, Morale, Rally, Meetings, Listening, Dr Jim Anderson Blue Elephant Consulting, Pandemic, Setback, COVID-19, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building


How Can Managers Prevent Team Burn Out?

The goal is to find a way to keep members of your team engaged Image Credit: Steven Lilley The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of things to change for managers. Our teams are now working from home, collaboration is much harder to do, and we are struggling to find ways to keep that team spirit thing alive. Managers are confronting how best to use their manager skills to keep their team from burning out while propelling their businesses forward. Wise managers need to prepare for c...
Tags: Technology, Leadership, Isolation, Careers, Management, Change, Transition, Managers, Teams, Feedback, Wise, Jim Anderson, Burn Out, Adapt, Microsoft Teams, Steven Lilley


What Managers Should Do (Or Not Do) When You Get Promoted

Getting promoted is great – but what do you do now? Image Credit: Martin Terber Congratulations to you! You’ve just been promoted! Finally all of that great work (and the great work of your team) along with your manager skills have been recognized. Umm, now what should you be doing? The world that you used to know has gone away. You are now in a new position and the people who promoted you and for that matter the rest of the company have new expectations of you. Just exactly what i...
Tags: Social, Career, Relationships, Goals, Office, Careers, Success, Skills, Relationship, Manager, Friendships, Answers, Don, Jim Anderson, Strong, Confidant


How Managers Can Deal With Being Promoted

Everything changes when you get promoted. Do you know how to handle it? Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District Getting promoted is what every manager wants. With you new position comes more money, more responsibility, better benefits, and perhaps even elevated status. However, it turns out that there is a downside to this type of career advancement. You may now be asking yourself “where did all of my friends go?” Likewise, now when you walk into a room, conversat...
Tags: Career, Friends, Trust, Careers, Training, Benefits, Skills, Perks, Self-confidence, Promotion, Satisfaction, Distance, Jim Anderson, Relating, Social Dynamics, Status


How Managers Can Keep Their Teams Creativity Going During A Pandemic

Virtual team members can still show innovation even in hard times Image Credit: Eric Allix Rogers As managers we all know that innovation is one of the keys to our team’s long term success. The ability of the members of our team to interact with each other, try out new ideas, refine those ideas and create solutions to complex problems is one of the things that can make a team great. Then the pandemic struck. The result of this is that everyone got sent home to work. All of a sudden ...
Tags: Leadership, Office, Careers, Creativity, Innovation, Team, Zoom, Physical, Jim Anderson, Pandemic, COVID-19, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Work From Hoe, Eric Allix Rogers