Category Archives: Management

Organizational Changes – The Search for New Managers

This post continues a series discussing the handling of some major organizational changes at my company. We had determined that we needed new managers within the Consulting team.  Looking at the size of the team, we had determined that we … Continue reading

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Organizational Changes – Introducing a New Structure

This post is the fourth in a series that I started at the end of May, discussing the handling of some major organizational changes at my company. Once we had the interim organization in place, we assessed our situation for … Continue reading

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Organizational Changes – An Interim Plan

This post continues a series that I started on May 29th, discussing the handling of some major organizational changes at my company. At about the same time that Jan announced her retirement, Kelly, one of the directors who reported to … Continue reading

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Organizational Changes – Deciding Against Direct Replacement

This post continues a series that I started on May 29th, discussing the management of some major organizational changes at my company. The obvious solution, when an employee leaves, is to replace her (or him).  Find someone with comparable skills … Continue reading

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Back to Blogging – Organizational Changes

I haven’t posted here for about six months, in large part due to some new career responsibilities that I plan to discuss in the next several upcoming posts. Last fall, one of my colleagues, Jan, announced her upcoming retirement.  She’s … Continue reading

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Permission to Disagree

Leaders and managers, simply because of their position in an organization, can exert significant influence over discussions and decisions.  When there’s a debate (or just an open discussion) about some important decision, chiming in with an opinion as “the boss” … Continue reading

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Performance Reviews: Are They Worthwhile?

Reviewing the Situation We’re getting ready to do performance reviews here in our office.  We do them annually and (at least in my department) we invest a lot of effort in completing them.  Throughout my career, I’ve heard (and even … Continue reading

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Management Ensembles

A few weeks ago, my wife and I went to Jazz Alley in Seattle to see the jazz vocal ensemble Manhattan Transfer.  We’ve seen them several times before and they always put on a great show. Manhattan Transfer features four … Continue reading

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The Trick or Treat of Offshore Development — A Strategy for Success

This Sunday is Halloween – a (mostly) American annual holiday observed on October 31.  On Halloween, there’s a tradition of “trick or treating” – children dress in costumes and go from house to house in search of sweet treats by … Continue reading

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Managing Outside Your Area of Expertise

Most new managers get promoted into a position in which they manage people doing the same thing they were doing before they got promoted.  Software developers become software development managers.  Sales reps become sales managers.  Clerks at the supermarket become … Continue reading

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