If you are a product of the leadership thinking that was prevalent in the second half of the twentieth century, you will probably have been taught that a leader needs to keep some distance from their team. In other words, it’s lonely at the top.
Today we see loneliness in leadership as a personality flaw in the leader and not part of the job description. If it’s lonely at the top you are doing somethings wrong. And one of those things is almost certainly failing to engage in the leadership conversation with your team.
What every IT Manager needs to know - so they can manage their people as well as they manage their servers. There are 5 key ideas that every technician needs to master in order to successfully make the leap from a technical career track into leadership. If you want to go from Sys Admin to CTO, then these are for you.
During the recent Arctic cold weather snap, I really appreciated the 4 wheel drive on my beloved Volvo. It may be getting long in the tooth but it handles the ice and snow with a sure-footed assurance – which I was especially grateful for this weekend as it meant all the band equipment arrived at Church on Sunday morning and number 1 daughter arrived safely back at University in Nottingham on Monday.
When the pressure is on and deadlines loom or disaster strikes, it can be very tempting to want to do something - anything - to start working on the solution as soon as possible. And, all things being equal, this is the right thing to do - we should have a bias to action.
Last week the news was full of the disruption caused by the WannaCry Ransomware which has hit over 300,000 computers in 150 countries (as of 20th May). Some have blamed Microsoft, others the NSA, still others the Government. They are all wrong.
There comes a point in any journey of personal growth and development where the next step we need or want to take suddenly feels way bigger than all the others taken so far. You might be embarking on your biggest ever project at work, preparing your first public speaking gig, creating your first presentation for work, starting a business or turning up to join a local sports team or theatre club for the first time. Whatever it is, it is something that is taking you out of your comfort zone.