The Accidental IT Leader

The Accidental IT Leader

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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. Welcome to the premier podcast for learning how to attract, motivate, and retain top IT staff. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jim-anderson0/support


What’s The Best Way For A Manager To Switch Jobs?
Nov 14 • 7 min
No job that any of us have will probably last us for our entire career. What that means is that we’re all going to be packing up our manager skills and switching jobs at some point in time. This is where things can get a bit tricky because none of us have…
Managers Need To Learn How To Deal With Dead-End Conversations
Nov 7 • 8 min
Let’s face it. A big part of the job of being an effective manager is the art of conversation. During an average day, we end up talking with a lot of different people about a lot of different things. It would be fair to say that our conversations have a…
What To Do When That New Job Is Not What You Thought It Would Be
Oct 31 • 8 min
Ah, a new job! When we take a new job we’re doing so because a lot of promises have been made to us. We may have been told that we’ll have a fancy title and they’ve promised us a lot of pay. We’ve been told that we’re being placed in a position of power…
What Should A Manager Do When Your Peers Are Doing Better Than You?
Oct 24 • 8 min
So here’s something that can be difficult for us to deal with: what do you do when you are not #1? At work, I’m hoping, we all try hard to use our manager skills and do our best. However, there will be times that the people that we are working with, our…
How Managers Can Reinvent Themselves
Oct 17 • 8 min
So is there any downside to becoming a manager? One possibility is the simple fact that it takes time. By the time most of us become managers, we’re not as young as we used to be. What this means is that we find ourselves in a workplace filled with…
How Managers Can Become Less Anxious
Oct 10 • 8 min
When we signed up for the job of being a manager, we may not have realized the other things that came along with this job. One such thing might be the anxiety that being a manager can cause in us. This, of course, bring up the question about just exactly…
How Managers Can Bridge The Instant Messaging Generation Gap
Sep 26 • 9 min
How the members of your team communicate with each other is changing. There is a new wave of instant messaging applications that is in the process of changing how the members of your team communicate with each other. This change may be causing the older…
How Can Managers Get Workers To Stop Looking At Their Phones?
Sep 19 • 7 min
So here’s a quick quiz for you. How many times each day do the members of your team take out their phone and look at them? It turns out that the answer is 2,617 times per day that we all tap, poke, pinch, or swipe our phones. From a manager point-of-view,…
Can You Become A Better Manager By Doing Less?
Sep 12 • 6 min
As a manager, your goal at work is to get ahead. You want to be seen as a star performer who gets things done. You want your work to be viewed as being of the highest quality and you want your management to come looking for you when they have a slot open…
Getting Along With The Boss: How To
Aug 29 • 8 min
As a manager you are in charge of a team of people who have to do what you tell them to do. However, at the same time you work for a boss who can tell you what to do. What this means for you (and your career) is that you’d like to be able to use your…
Managers Need To Know How To Mange Up
Aug 22 • 7 min
What’s your plan for getting promoted from the manager position that you currently have? You’d like to get kicked upstairs, but just exactly how are you going to go about making that happen? A lot of us hope that the quality of the work that we do will…
How Managers Can Achieve A Sense Of Calm
Aug 15 • 7 min
Let’s face it: being a manager can be a very stressful job. People are always asking us for things and we are trying to do our best to use our manager skills to manage our team. If we are not careful, the stress associated with the job can become so much…
How Should Boys And Girls Interact In The Workplace?
Aug 8 • 8 min
Just in case you had not noticed it, the world has changed. Sexual harassment has been going on in the workplace for a long time and thanks to the #MeToo movement it’s been brought out into the light. There is currently a big uproar going on with new…
How To Stop Interruptions In The Office
Aug 1 • 8 min
So has your office gone to one of those “open office” floor plans? According to the really smart people, there are a lot of advantages of this kind of open office design. However, one of the downsides to it is that it can be all too easy for someone to…
Managers Need To Ask Themselves If They Talk Too Much
Jul 25 • 7 min
How much do you talk? Do you talk enough? Or perhaps, do you talk too much? A key part of the job of being a manager is using your manager skills to deliver good communication. There are a lot of different ways for us to communicate;and talking is one of…
The Problem With Setting Goals
Jul 18 • 9 min
Every year when New Year’s rolls around we are all encouraged to use our manager skills to set goals for the upcoming year. Most of us actually do this and then we use those goals to guide us as we plan our work. The best part of all of this is…
How Managers Can Gain Power At Work
Jun 27 • 7 min
When we start a new manager job, things can be quite frustrating. Where we were previously had probably allowed us to occupy leadership roles. When we now find ourselves in a powerless position at the bottom of the organization ladder no matter what…
What Managers Need To Do Before They Quit
Jun 20 • 8 min
So what’s the worst thing that could happen to you as a manager? The list of things could be quite long, but I think that we could all agree that finding yourself trapped in a job that you don’t like would have to be close to the top of the list. We can…
Managers Struggle To Recruit The Right Workers
Jun 13 • 7 min
In order to manage the best team, you have to have the best team. What this means is that one of your responsibilities as a manager is to use your manager skills to recruit the best team possible. During times when the job market is tight, this can be a…
Managers Have To Deal With The Challenge Of First Impressions
Jun 7 • 7 min
As a manager, we meet a lot of people. What this means for us is that we are responsible for a lot of first impressions. Although we may not spend a lot of time thinking about it, it turns out that those first impressions often shape how people choose to…
How Can Managers Get People To Work Together?
May 23 • 8 min
More and more companies are starting to realize that if they want to get the most out of their employees, they are going to have to get employees from different departments to work together. It turns out that this can be difficult to do. How is a manager…
How Should Managers Handle Office Romances?
May 16 • 9 min
It goes without saying that the #metoo movement has resulted in the downfall of many formally powerful men: Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Charlie Rose, and Matt Lauer. Clearly there were a lot of very bad things going on in the entertainment…
How Should Managers Deal With Workplace Suicides?
May 9 • 8 min
So let’s face it. Talking about someone ending their own life is never a pleasant discussion. However, as a manager you need to be prepared to deal with this kind of event if someone on your team decides to take their own life. If we can step away from…
How Managers Can Get More Done By Doing Less
May 2 • 8 min
How’s that manager job going for you? Are you finding that you can use your manager skills to have enough time to get all of the things that you need to get done, done? If you are like most of us, the answer is no. You go into the office each day with a…
What Managers Can Do To Make Employees Stick Around
Apr 25 • 7 min
So here’s some bad news for managers: right now employee turnover (employees who leave) is currently at an all-time high. What this means for you is that your team is at risk. If you don’t find a way to use your manager skills to keep the members of your…
The One Skill That All Managers Must Master
Apr 11 • 8 min
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…
How Bad Managers End Up Driving The Best Employees Away
Apr 4 • 7 min
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…
How Managers Can Make Sure That New Employees Don’t Quit
Mar 28 • 9 min
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,…
Managers Need To Start Dealing With The Problem Of Bullies In The Workplace
Mar 21 • 7 min
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…
3 Ways That Managers Can Improve Their Leadership Skills
Mar 14 • 7 min
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…
Managers Need To Learn How To Humblebrag
Mar 7 • 7 min
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…
Managers Need To Know What Makes A Workplace Toxic
Feb 28 • 9 min
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…
What Can Google Teach Managers About Teams?
Feb 21 • 8 min
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…
How Can A Manager Know When They Are On Thin Ice?
Feb 14 • 7 min
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?…
Why Is Company Culture Important To Managers?
Feb 7 • 7 min
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…