The Accidental IT Leader

The Accidental IT Leader

By Jim Anderson
Managing an IT team is not just a job, it’s a science. Nobody knows more about the science of managing IT teams than Dr. Jim Anderson.

“I don’t embrace excuses for why IT teams aren’t being successful, I embrace solutions.”

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Anderson has transformed failing IT teams worldwide. Dr. Anderson will turn these lost teams into department champions.

Dr. Jim Anderson understands what it is like to both work in an IT department as an employee as well as a manager.

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The One Skill That All Managers Must Master
As a manager, you will always be asked to do more things.  On top of what you have already signed up to do, people will drop by  your cube, catch your arm in the hall, and corner you in meetings and  will come up with additional things to add to the already full plate of  tasks that you have in front of you.  It can be all too easy for us to  deal with these situations by simply saying “I’ll do that”. Do this  enough, and all too quickly you’ll discover that you are now juggling  too much for any one person to get done.  When this happens, you need to  start to use the greatest skill that a manager has: focus. 
April 11, 2019
How Bad Managers End Up Driving The Best Employees Away
With a little luck, most of us spend our time trying to become good  managers. However, we realize that the world has a number of different  types of managers in it and this means that there are both good managers and bad managers out there.   It turns out that one of the main reasons that employees leave a firm  is because they find themselves working for a bad manager.  Although we  don’t want to become bad managers, it might be useful to take a close  look at what manager skills bad managers use to drive employees away so  that we don’t find ourselves doing these things. 
April 4, 2019
How Managers Can Make Sure That New Employees Don’t Quit
Oh my goodness – can you believe just how hard it is to find the right person to join your team?   I mean think about it: we craft the perfect job description, wade  through a pile of resumes, use our manager skills  to interview far too  many people by phone, invite a few in to take up our day and meet with  us, and then finally make someone an offer. If we get lucky and they are  still available and are still interested in working for our company,  then perhaps we’ve found the next person to work for us.  However, then  comes the most difficult part of the process which is the one that we’ve  had no manager training for: convincing them to not quit. 
March 28, 2019
Managers Need To Start Dealing With The Problem Of Bullies In The Workplace
Can anyone remember going to kindergarten? Way back then life was a lot  simpler. We all had a set of rules that were given to us on how to  behave (say “thank you”, be kind to others, listen to what the teacher  has to say, etc.). Now perhaps not everyone followed each of these rules  all of the time, but at least we all knew what the rules were  and could always refer back to them.  Now move forward into the future  in which we are now living. Incivility and it’s close cousin bullying are becoming a bigger issue in the workplace.  What is a manager to do? 
March 21, 2019
3 Ways That Managers Can Improve Their Leadership Skills
So congratulations, as a manager you are already a leader. However, if you are like most of us you could probably become a better leader.  If you took the time to take a look at all of your manager skills, where do you think that your biggest leadership challenge lies?   The way that you can identify this is by spending some time thinking  about where you’ve had the biggest challenges – communications? Hiring?  Team performance?  It turns out that there are three traits that define  managers who are good leaders. Perhaps we should be working on getting  some manager training and improving all of these…? 
March 14, 2019
Managers Need To Learn How To Humblebrag
As a manager, you are responsible for using your manager skills to  manage a team of professionals. This means that you have to spend time  with each member of your team in order to make sure that they have a  good understanding of where they want their career to go and how they  are going to achieve it.  At the the same time, you need to have a good  understanding of where you want your career to go.  Likewise, once you know what you want, you’re going to have to know how you can go about making it happen. 
March 7, 2019
Managers Need To Know What Makes A Workplace Toxic
So what kind of workplace do you work in? No, I’m not asking about the  kind of furniture you have, what the view out the window looks like, or  how comfortable the chairs are. Instead, what I’d like to know is just exactly how toxic is it?    Surveys have been taken that reveal that 64% of people reported that  they were currently working with someone that they considered to be  toxic. A whopping 94% said that they had worked with someone who was  toxic at some point in their career.  It looks like we may have a problem that has to be solved by a manager here using your manager skills. 
February 28, 2019
What Can Google Teach Managers About Teams?
The way that most work gets done is when we create a team of professionals, tell them what needs to be done, and then send them off to accomplish it. However, that is not always what happens.   We’ve all had experiences with teams that we’ve used our manager skills  to build that have struggled to accomplish their goals, have fought  with each other, and generally have not gotten along very well. We know  what failure looks like.  What can a manager do in order to boost the chances that a team that he or she is responsible for will be a success? 
February 21, 2019
How Can A Manager Know When They Are On Thin Ice?
So how are things going for you at work? Are you getting along with  everyone – especially your boss? Or are you starting to get left out of  meetings that you used to get invited to? Are the people that you work  with starting to become cool towards you? Has your boss stopped having  conversations with you?  Bad things may becoming your way and you may not even realize it… 
February 14, 2019
Why Is Company Culture Important To Managers?
 In the day-to-day activities of a manager, most of us really don’t spend all that much time thinking about our company’s corporate culture.  However, it turns out that it really does matter. If your company has a  bad corporate culture, then it’s going to have a negative impact on the  company’s bottom line results, its reputation, and in the end,  recruitment. It sure seems as though managers need to start spending  some time using their manager skills  to look into how they can improve the company’s culture.  
February 7, 2019
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