The way most organizations promote people into management is, to put it bluntly, terrible. New managers are selected on technical skill and maybe some vague concept of “leadership potential,” given…

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management techniques

You’ve probably heard about the need to “manage up”-  but what does that really mean? To me, it means interacting with your supervisor and other managers up the chain in…

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management techniques

I’m not sure which people complain about more: meetings or status reports. I think the complaints about both come from the same place. Both tools are often misused, or at…

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management techniques

The second (and final) installment of my Get More Done class was this morning. I had a lot of fun putting the class together, and was pleased with how it turned…

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At its heart, project management is about getting things done. For as long as people have lived in groups, they have needed to work together to get things done. People…

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I’ve been slow to post a note here about my latest Chronicle Vitae article, but better late than never: my latest article is up! It is about transparency in management:…

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