At one point when I was recovering from a surgery I wasn’t feeling very well, so I ended up watching a lot of movies, including 13 Going on 30. I was struck not only by the humor of this particular scene in the movie, but also the empathy. When I worked as a manager, I always appreciated it when employees could see my situation from time to time. It shows a certain maturity that is rare to find in employees.
I’m reminded of the time right before an interview for a contracting position that a tech recruiter called and told me, “Don’t appear to be too smart. Pretend that you can’t answer some of his questions if you have to. He won’t hire people he thinks are smarter than he is.” I answered every question he asked because if that’s the way he was, I didn’t want to work there.
As a manager or business owner — any kind of leader — always hire people that are smarter than you in one or more ways.
inc.com has this article about a Google study that shows that the best managers use emotional intelligence.
This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”
“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”
My second major rule to being a successful consultant is also simple:
Be a problem solver.
When I first began to succeed as a computer consultant, it suddenly occurred to me what I was: A technical hit man. Seriously. My job could be described like this:
This is a good post from 2014 titled, 44 engineering management lessons.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon talks about managing pitcher Kyle Hendricks. His style is 180 degrees opposite of a guy like football coach Chip Kelly, who seems to want to control everything. (Image from the Chicago Tribune.)
A clever addition to the Chicago Cubs logo, following the hiring of new manager Joe Maddon.
Today I'm going to ask you to put yourself in the position of someone that needs to hire someone to do whatever it is you do. Completely imagine that you are this person. For instance, I design software systems, and I usually sell my services to other IT people, so I'll put myself in the shoes of an IT Manager, or a Project Manager who needs an architect like myself.
PHP FAQ: Is there a package manager for PHP?
Answer: Yes, PEAR (the PHP Extension and Application Repository) is what you need. As the website describes it, "PEAR is a framework and distribution system for reusable PHP components."
Here's an example of how I used PEAR to install the
HTTP_Request library, showing both what I typed, and the output from PEAR as it performed the installation.
Here's my Rule #1 for Project Managers, as looked at from the perspective of a software developer:
Show active interest in your project, and in the people that work on the project.
Okay, I know that seems obvious -- and I'm a little fired up about this right now -- but I've been amazed to work with project managers in the last few years who seem to have more important things to do outside of work than they have to do at work, and by this I only mean during the Monday through Friday, 8-to-5 time frame.