What I can see from the above articles is that we are very well positioned, with no print product pulling resources away from what matters, and no futile attempt to make our readers pay for content. In fact, we don’t even require you to register. I mean, how annoying is it to remember your username and password for a particular site?
To be a great leader, you need both. You need to practice and preach the timeless tenants of management while being firmly embedded in the changing dynamics of your times. Only if you employ them in tandem will you have the right team — inspired and enlivened — moving in the right direction. Tina Brown couldn’t do it, maybe Jeff Bezos can.I've always wondered why IT departments, the folks that manage computers, the wonders of the modern world, can be so, well, backward and intransigent. In my travels around the world as a self-declared expert on such things, I keep finding the same story. The front-line IT folks are often (not always, but often) quite willing to be bold, to do what it takes to make something work and work right, to innovate and use the power of their charges the computers to improve life for all. But these bleeding-edgers are held back, if not thwarted altogether, by their managers, who often haven't a clue as to how any of it works, but don't want that fact known. The have risen to the level of their incompetence, ala the Peter Principle, and rather than encourage and nurture those under them who might flourish in the right environment, they choose instead to quash any spark of innovation which might expose their deficiencies.
How much progress have we lost to this toadying, self-serving, even Luddite behavior? Too much.
But how to solve the problem? The underlings (for lack of a better word) fear for their jobs, and won't blow the whistle. So, I guess I must appeal to the problem-children themselves. You know EXACTLY who you are, and you are probably sneaking furtive glances over your shoulder as you read this, because you don't want your superior to see you reading my blog or anything like it. But take heed. Those under you have your number, and while they can't do anything about your restrictive policies, they can, in most cases, go somewhere else. As you keep losing them to other departments, your superiors will start to take notice, and it's quite possible that some of them actually do know what they are doing and what you are supposed to be doing.
So here's my advice.
Talk to those under you. Admit that you don't know everything about what they are doing, and learn from them. Let them show you what they know and what they can do. Become their advocate rather than their nemesis. I PROMISE this will work well for you and everyone on the entire team, and indeed, it will accelerate progress throughout the enterprise. And for Heaven's sake STOP with the namby-pamby feel-good office-speak that I outlined in a prior post . It sucks, it bores people, it turns them off, and it doesn't work. It just makes you look like a fool with a stick up your backside, and it accomplishes exactly nothing.
I'm not holding my breath, but if I can change the environment in even one IT department, then I've done my good deed for the day.