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The Accidental IT Leader

72 EpisodesProduced by Jim AndersonWebsite

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 worldwid… read more

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Managers Need To Learn How To Compete For Their Next Promotion

September 24th, 2020


As a manager, it turns out that finding ways to get the most out of your  team is not the only thing that you have to use your manager skills to  do when you are at work. 

Every day when you go into work you are really …

How Can Managers Stay Focused While Working Remotely?

September 17th, 2020


The Covid-19 pandemic has changed life for all of us. 

We used to go into  the office and use our manager skills to do manager stuff. Now we find ourselves staying at home and participating in countless Zoom meetings.

Managers Want To Know Who The Real Leaders On Their Team Are

September 3rd, 2020


As managers, one of the jobs that our company expects us to perform is to use our manager skills to find the next generation of managers that will lead the company after we are gone

What this means for us is that we …

Managers Need To Know: What Do The Kids Want?

August 27th, 2020


Managers are faced with a number of different challenges as they attempt  to perform their job. 

All of this is made even more difficult by the …

How Should Managers Deal With Bringing Employees Back To The Office?

August 13th, 2020


There is no question that the Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. 

One day we were all in the office getting along and  then the next day everyone was at home using Zoom to video conference  with each other. As life …

How To Keep Your Best Team Members

August 6th, 2020


During the course of a normal day, a manager has a lot of different  things that we need to spend time worrying about. 

However, using our  manager skills to keep the team that we have onboard is often not one of  the …

Managers Need To Learn How To Move Slower

July 30th, 2020


As managers we always want to find ways to use our manager skills to get more things done.  

Our to-do lists just seem to keep getting longer and people are always  asking us to accomplish more things in less time. Our …

What Managers Can Learn From Michael Jordan’s Leadership Style

July 23rd, 2020


Anyone who follows basketball knows who Michael Jordon was. 

He was one of the truly great players. Season after season he lead  his team to success. …

How Managers Deal With Reorganizations

July 16th, 2020


As though the job of being a manager was not tough enough, it turns out  that there is something that can make it just a bit more challenging: change

You know what I’m talking about here. Every so often your company …

What Are The Traits Of A Successful Manager?

July 10th, 2020


There are a lot of managers out there. 

However, not all of them are  great managers. If you would like to become a great manager, this of  course …

The Millennial Workplace Is Coming – Will Managers Be Ready?

June 25th, 2020


As all managers have probably realized by now, the millennials have arrived.  

That younger generation of workers are moving into the office at the  same time that the baby boomers are starting to move out. The arrival …

Managers Need To Know How Do You Deal With Risk?

June 18th, 2020


In a perfect world, a manager would have all of the knowledge, manager  skills, and manager training that he or she needed to have when it came  time …

How Managers Can Create Innovative Teams

June 11th, 2020


As managers we are always looking for way to use our manager skills to  get more out of our teams. 

What we’ve been told is that we can do this  if …

Good Managers Know About The Power Of Failure

June 4th, 2020


Becoming a successful manager is a difficult enough thing to accomplish.  

So why would we want to jeopardize it once we achieve it? But research …

What Do Managers Have To Know About Working From Home?

May 21st, 2020


Now that we are all dealing with the arrival of a global pandemic we now find ourselves working from home,  many managers are asking themselves just …

How Can A Manager Tell When Workers Are Getting Ready To Leave?

May 14th, 2020


Managers understand that when the job market becomes tight, employee retention is key.  

What this means is that they are going to have to get good at using  their manager skills to detect when their team members are …

How Can A Manager Build A Happy Team?

May 7th, 2020


Ok manager, so you are in charge of a team. 

What would you like to do with that team? If you are like most of us, you’d like to be able to use your …

Some Managers Thrive On Negative Feedback

April 30th, 2020


If I had to guess what kind of feedback you like to get, I’d be willing that just like the rest of us you like positive feedback about your manager skills the best

However, somewhat surprisingly it turns out that …

If Managers Want To Get Things Done, They Have To Write Them Down

April 23rd, 2020


As managers we are being asked to do a lot of different things. 

We may  come into work with a list of things that we want to get done during the  day and when we leave at the end of the day we discover that we’ve …

Managers Understand That Company Culture Starts With Them

April 16th, 2020


Managers realize that it’s always been hard to use their manager skills to attract and retain the top quality talent that they need.  

It seems as though it has become even harder to do this lately. What  seems to be a …

How Managers Can Make Better Decisions

April 2nd, 2020


If we were to list out all of the important manager skills that a  manager needs to have, what would be on that list? 

Even more  importantly, what …

How Should Managers Be Practicing Transparency?

March 26th, 2020


The goal of every manager is to become a respected manager. 

This is a  fine goal to have, but just exactly how can we make this happen? It  turns out that one important step in getting your team to respect you is  for …

Managers Discover The Power Of Emotional Intelligence

March 19th, 2020


So how good are you as a manager at showing your emotional intelligence  to your team? 

A lot of us would say that we’re not very good at doing …

It Turns Out The Humble Managers Are The Best Managers

March 12th, 2020


So what makes a manager a great manager? 

For the longest time companies  have believed that personality characteristics such as charm and  charisma …

What Managers Can Learn From Google

March 5th, 2020


As managers, where we work will probably play a big role in how we  develop our manager skills. 

If we could all choose where we worked, I’m  pretty …

What Does A Manager Have To Do After You Are Promoted?

February 27th, 2020


What is it that every manager is hoping for? 

Why it is to use your  manager skills to be promoted, of course. When that special day comes, are you …

How Managers Should Handle Sexual Harassment Claims

February 20th, 2020


There has been a great deal of coverage in the papers and on television about sexual harassment in the workplace

Male managers have been struggling to find ways to use our manager skills to deal with these claims and, …

What Is A Manager’s Secret To Being Emotionally Intelligent?

February 13th, 2020


As managers, we are under a great deal of pressure to use our manager  skills to find ways to get the most out of our teams. 

We can try a lot  of …

Are Managers Going To Be Ready For Gen Z Workers?

February 6th, 2020


Ok manager, how is managing those millennials working out for you?

I  hope that you’ve come up with ways to make peace with them because it is  just about time for the next batch of workers to show up on your  doorstep:

How To Deal With Negotiators Who Lie

January 31st, 2020


The goal of any negotiation is to find a way to reach an agreement with  the other side of the table. 

The challenge that we run into during this  process is that no matter what negotiation styles or negotiating …

Managers Need To Know: Just Exactly What Is Artificial Intelligence?

January 30th, 2020


Welcome to the 21st Century. 

For some reason everyone seems to be talking about artificial intelligence as of late.  What’s the big deal? This stuff used to only exist in science fiction  movies and now it sure seems …

Managers Need To Become A Leader That Their Team Can Trust

January 16th, 2020


If there is one workplace problem that managers want to find a way to solve, it would most definitely be the challenge of disengaged employees.  

What The U.S. Army Can Teach Managers About Becoming Better

January 9th, 2020


Ok, so I’m willing to admit it – I’m not perfect

Yes, I  am always working to try to become perfect, but so far I have not been  able to even get …

Manager Tips From Google On How To Make A Great Team

December 19th, 2019


Let’s think about your team for just a moment or two. 

The people on your  team most of the time don’t do things by themselves. Instead, they work …

What Do Managers Have To Do In Order To Become A Great Team Leader?

December 12th, 2019


Let’s face it, the job of a manager is very much both team- and  direction-focused. 

Managers are the ones who need to use their manager  skills to set the course, ensure consistency and develop and reinforce  core …

Hey Manager – Could You Be Too Much Into This Team Thing?

December 5th, 2019


Yea! It’s time to work on a team! 

How many times have you heard someone  say this to you? As managers of a team, we are expected use our manager  skills to lead by example and so we are the ones who are supposed to be …

What Should Managers Do About Hugging?

November 21st, 2019


How about if we agree to talk about a touchy topic: hugging.  

Yep, even in this #Metoo era, the concept of opening your arms up and  then enveloping a coworker in a big hug is something that is still done  in the …

What’s The Best Way For A Manager To Switch Jobs?

November 14th, 2019


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 …

Managers Need To Learn How To Deal With Dead-End Conversations

November 7th, 2019


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 …

What To Do When That New Job Is Not What You Thought It Would Be

October 31st, 2019


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 …

What Should A Manager Do When Your Peers Are Doing Better Than You?

October 24th, 2019


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 …

How Managers Can Reinvent Themselves

October 17th, 2019


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 …

How Managers Can Become Less Anxious

October 10th, 2019


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, …

How Managers Can Bridge The Instant Messaging Generation Gap

September 26th, 2019


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. …

How Can Managers Get Workers To Stop Looking At Their Phones?

September 19th, 2019


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 …

Can You Become A Better Manager By Doing Less?

September 12th, 2019


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 …

Getting Along With The Boss: How To

August 29th, 2019


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 …

Managers Need To Know How To Mange Up

August 22nd, 2019


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 …

How Managers Can Achieve A Sense Of Calm

August 16th, 2019


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 …

How Should Boys And Girls Interact In The Workplace?

August 8th, 2019


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 …

How To Stop Interruptions In The Office

August 1st, 2019


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

Managers Need To Ask Themselves If They Talk Too Much

July 25th, 2019


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 …

The Problem With Setting Goals

July 18th, 2019


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 …

How Managers Can Gain Power At Work

June 27th, 2019


When we start a new manager job, things can be quite frustrating. 

Where  we were previously had probably allowed us to occupy leadership roles. …

What Managers Need To Do Before They Quit

June 20th, 2019


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 …

Managers Struggle To Recruit The Right Workers

June 13th, 2019


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 …

Managers Have To Deal With The Challenge Of First Impressions

June 7th, 2019


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 …

How Can Managers Get People To Work Together?

May 23rd, 2019


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 …

How Should Managers Handle Office Romances?

May 16th, 2019


It goes without saying that the #metoo movement  has resulted in the downfall of many formally powerful men: Harvey  Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis …

How Should Managers Deal With Workplace Suicides?

May 9th, 2019


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 …

How Managers Can Get More Done By Doing Less

May 2nd, 2019


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. 

What Managers Can Do To Make Employees Stick Around

April 25th, 2019


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 …

The One Skill That All Managers Must Master

April 11th, 2019


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 …

How Bad Managers End Up Driving The Best Employees Away

April 4th, 2019


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 …

Managers Need To Start Dealing With The Problem Of Bullies In The Workplace

March 21st, 2019


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 …

3 Ways That Managers Can Improve Their Leadership Skills

March 14th, 2019


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 …

Managers Need To Learn How To Humblebrag

March 7th, 2019


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 …

Managers Need To Know What Makes A Workplace Toxic

February 28th, 2019


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 …

What Can Google Teach Managers About Teams?

February 21st, 2019


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 …

How Can A Manager Know When They Are On Thin Ice?

February 14th, 2019


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 …

Why Is Company Culture Important To Managers?

February 7th, 2019


 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. …

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