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What Should Managers Look For In A Mentor?

Positivity may not be the most important factor Image Credit: Brian Ujiie In order to become better managers, we all realize that there are a number of ways to make this happen. We can go seek manager training and try to develop the manager skills that we know that we need. However, there is another way to go about becoming better: get a mentor. If you decide to go this route, right off the bat you’ll be faced with a difficult question: what should you look for in a mentor? Wha...
Tags: Career, Expertise, Careers, Experience, Mentor, Positive, Gruff, Jim Anderson, Cheerleader, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Brian Ujiie, Tough Talker, Underperforming


Before You Take That New Job, Check Out Its Culture

Is that new job really going to be a good fit? Image Credit: Chris Devers As managers, we are often presented with opportunities to switch jobs. We may be presented with a new job that catches our attention and we may start to seriously start to think about switching employers. However, as attractive as a new job may appear, it might be in our own best interest to not rush into taking a new job. One of the big questions that we have to use our manager skills to answer before making...
Tags: Career, Careers, Job, Questions, Switching, Talk, Walk, Counts, Corporate Culture, Jim Anderson, Chris Devers, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Suitability


Japanese Workplaces Become High Tech

Technology is slowly entering the Japanese workplace Image Credit: Bryan Jones As managers, we are used to being able to use our manager skills and technology in the workplace. In fact, at this point in time I would guess that most of us could not imagine a day in the office without using the full collection of technology that we have come to rely on. That’s why it can be very startling when we realize that this is not the way that it is everywhere in the world. Sure, I think that ...
Tags: Japan, Technology, Email, Microsoft, Careers, Virus, Teams, Tokyo, Chat, Zoom, Fax Machine, Bryan Jones, Jim Anderson, Ink Stamp, IT manager skills, IT manager training


The Problem With Lying At Work

Lying at work can do a lot of damage Image Credit: Cat Branchman Life is complicated and, yes, there are times when it is inconvenient to tell the truth. It can be as simple as one of you friends asking if you like the outfit that they are wearing (you don’t) or your boss asking if that report will be done by the end of the day (it won’t). It can be very easy to “bend the edges” or tell white, gray, or even black lies when we are at work. Our manager training does not teach us how...
Tags: Career, Resume, Careers, Lying, Reference, Dishonesty, Contagious, Jim Anderson, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Get Ahead, Resume Padding


Can Managers Count On Millennials Sticking Around?

It turns out that millennials are as loyal as the previous generation Image Credit: Ryan Dickey Managers who have built a successful team are always worried about one thing: are their workers going to stay? As more and more of our teams are being built using members of the millennial generation a lot of us have become worried because we don’t have any manager training on how to get people to stay. The typical description of a millennial worker is one who moves around a lot looking f...
Tags: Careers, Employment, Recession, Skills, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Managers, Leaving, Staffing, Millennial, Job Hopping, Dr Jim Anderson Blue Elephant Consulting, Ryan Dickey, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Move Around


Managers Want To Know Why Being A Leader Is So Hard To Do

Management is easy, leadership is hard to do well Image Credit: Guitguit Ok, hopefully we can all agree that the basic management stuff is pretty easy for just about anyone with manager skills to do: sign time cards, have an annual review, keep things on track. These things don’t require a great deal of manager training. I like to think of management as being the process of having everyone work on what they are supposed to be doing when you are in the room. However, then we move on ...
Tags: Leadership, Careers, Jim Anderson, Leadership Program, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Leadership Training For Managers, Leadership And Training, Leadership Skills Training, Team Leader Training, The Leadership Challenge


Is It Time To Quit?

What do managers need to think about before quitting? Image Credit: Erin Kelly Let’s face it: we’ve all been through a lot. Life may have been quite busy before, but then that pandemic thing happened and things just sorta went out of control no matter how good your manager skills are. Now that life is getting back to normal, it’s perfectly ok for you to be thinking about perhaps quitting your job and looking for a new one. Although this is an acceptable thought to be having, before yo...
Tags: Career, Careers, Job, Quit, Burnout, Reputation, Alternatives, Regrets, Erin Kelly, Fresh Start, Jim Anderson, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Turnover Shock


Does Your Team Need Couples Counseling?

Couples therapy can help work relationships Image Credit: Henderson Hills As a manager, we know that the key to our success is the ability to get along with the members of our team. It turns out that things go a bit deeper than that. In order for our team to be successful, everyone on the team has to get along with everyone else who is on the team. I’d like to be able to tell you that this is something that just seems to happen naturally; however, there are times that it doesn’t. W...
Tags: Workplace, Careers, Communication, Stress, Manager, Emotional Intelligence, Authenticity, Team Building, Counselor, Jim Anderson, Problem, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Marriage Counselor, Henderson Hills


Managers Deal With The Challenge Of Remote Workers

Managers need to find ways to make remote workers feel like a member of the team Image Credit: ThoroughlyReviewed As we move further and further into the 21st Century, what work looks like is continuing to change. Managers realize that successful teams exhibit a type of office camaraderie where the different members of the team are willing to go above and beyond for the other members of their team. This can start to get tricky when we start to include remote workers as a part of our...
Tags: Careers, Relationship, Play, Manager, Managers, Teams, Staffing, Slack, Bonding, Don, Face to Face, Remote workers, Jim Anderson, Downtime, IT manager skills, IT manager training


How Managers Can Manage A Hybrid Work Environment

Managers need to find new ways to engage team members Image Credit: Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture The world of workplaces has undergone a great deal of change. It used to be that everyone would go into work, sit at a desk, and then go home again at the end of the day. The pandemic sent everyone home for a year and the workplace that we all knew and loved appears to be gone for good. What is taking its place is being called a “hybrid work environment”. In this ...
Tags: Relationships, Careers, Management, Experience, Managers, Jim Anderson, Pandemic, Returning, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Intentional Engagement, Z33 House


How To Prepare For Long, Complicated Meetings

Some big, messy meetings are a requirement Image Credit: Ari Herzog As managers, our manager training has taught us a thing or two about how to run successful meetings. We know that we need to keep them short, tightly focused, and limit the number of people that we permit to attend. Our goal is to avoid having to attend those time wasting events that seem to go on and on forever. We know the drill: meetings should not last more than 30 minutes, we should not invite too many people, ...
Tags: Goals, Time, Careers, It, Problems, People, Long, Manager, Attention, Agenda, Short, Big, Team Building, Meeting, Attendance, Dr Jim Anderson Blue Elephant Consulting


How Managers Can Get Candidates To Stop Turning Down Job Offers

Managers need to understand why candidates are turning job offers down Image Credit: Amtec Photos As a manager, one of the most important things that we are tasked with doing is using our manager skills to make sure that our teams are fully staffed. In order to do this, we have to perform a set of tasks: interview candidates, select the ones that best meet our needs, make an offer, hope that they accept the offer, and then onboard them. However, this whole process can fall apart if ...
Tags: Interview, Careers, Communication, Automation, Manager, Staffing, Candidate, Jim Anderson, Communicate, Human Connection, IT manager skills, IT manager training, IT team building, Negative Experience, Turn Down, Amtec Photos


How Managers Can Learn New Skills

Managers need to find the time to learn new things Image Credit: go digital Managers, at least the good ones, realize that we don’t know it all. Sure, back in the day we went to school and took a lot of classes. We learned a lot. Then we went out and got jobs. Since then we’ve probably not been learning that many new things. As the world in which we work continues to spin and evolve, we understand that there are a lot of things that we probably need to take the time to learn about. ...
Tags: Career, Learning, Time, Careers, Skills, It, Manager, Professional Development, Tasks, Schedule, Focus, Skill, Prioritize, Dr Jim Anderson Blue Elephant Consulting, IT manager skills, IT manager training


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 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


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


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