IT continues to grow and expand with new technologies to meet the needs of the business. New skills and an expanded knowledge in existing skills will be needed to drive IT in 2010 and beyond. For those looking to keep their skill sets fresh it is a good idea to learn what skills are in demand.
Some skills continue to be in demand year after year so some in the list are no … [Read More...]
Building positive relationships between teams and individuals is an important part of building a world-class IT organization. You need to have a positive work environment. One where you are surrounded by other team members who share in a common goal of excellence and the greater good of the department and the company.
There are three rules I ask all of my team members to … [Read More...]
A 5S System is method used to keep the workplace organized and clean. You can use the principles of a 5S System with your email to keep your inbox clear and your emails organized. With a good folder system and a 5S mentality towards your email you can quickly clear your inbox and find old emails when you need them.
One of the core concepts of a 5S System is “Everything has a … [Read More...]
At work you may come up with ideas, but lack the time or concentration to expand on them. There is a method you can use on the weekend, away from the distractions of work that will allow you to work on these ideas and also come up with some great new ideas.
Brainstorming is a technique of gathering large numbers of ideas. Usually the ideas are aimed at solving a specific … [Read More...]
There are several news sites that now offer content only to paid subscribers. The Wall Street Journal is an example. If you are not a subscriber you can only read a preview of the content. To read the full article you must subscribe to the site.
Fortunately there is a way around this so you can read full articles. This comes by way of the Google First Click Free program. If … [Read More...]
As managers we often face long-term projects and initiatives that test our metal. Our IT department is near the end of an initiative that has evolved over a seven-year period. It has encompassed many projects, many departments and a lot of my time.
Now with less than 10 weeks left until the end of this initiative the end is finally in sight. Over the next few months I plan … [Read More...]
As managers we all must deal with employee issues from time to time. You should have an established process for dealing with them. Your goal is to correct the issue and improve the employee. This is not about punishment for an employee. It is about using a system to help the employee return to being an effective member of your team.
In this article I will outline the steps … [Read More...]
A happy employee is a more productive and content employee. So what makes an employee happy with their job? A good salary, with good benefits and a good work environment only go so far. Employees want job satisfaction, they want to feel like they are a part of something and that their contributions are appreciated.
This is one of the biggest complaints employees … [Read More...]
We all want to be successful at our jobs and move up the company ladder. There are many examples out there of a “formula for success”. However no single one is going to be enough to advance your career.
Simply stated hard work, self-improvement, a strong work ethic and passion for your work will get your further than any formula. But there are “formulas” you can use that … [Read More...]
All managers can agree that many skills are needed to be an effective manager. But what skills are the most important skills that a manager needs to master? To be a more effective manager you should master four skills.
Communications, motivation, building trust and leadership are critical skills for every manager. These four skills are essential for a productive work … [Read More...]
We all want to be seen as professional. But professionalism is in the eye of the beholder so even though you may think you are coming off as professional, in reality you may not. Over the next few articles I will explain how our professionalism is judged and give some tips on how to maintain your professional reputation.
We Are Judged on Our Communications
Effective … [Read More...]
Standardize and Sustain are the fourth and fifth steps in a 5S Office System. These last two steps are about keeping your 5S Office System running smoothly. To do this you must set up standards and reinforce the 5S Office System.
After the first three articles A 5S Office System – Part 1 Planning, A 5S Office System – Part 2 Laying The Foundation and A 5S Office System – … [Read More...]