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Any manager is only as good as his or her team. I'm pretty sure that we've all heard this before. However, that leaves us in a bit of a bind - more often than not we are just handed a team and told the make the most of them. However, it turns out that over time we have the ability to reshape and mold our team based on who we choose to add and remove from it. Learning how to do this the right way is what can determine the ultimate success of a manager. 

What you'll find inside: 

  • New ways for IT managers to keep the staff that you have
  • How an IT manager should prepare to conduct an interview
  • How big data can help you to be a better IT manager
  • Ten things IT managers should not ask during a job interview

One of the first things that a manager has to realize is that they have got to find ways to keep the team that they have been given. If everyone leaves, you'll not be able to get the work that you are expected to do done. Likewise, if team members become unhappy and then leave that can cause lingering problems for you. 

Every team will have their good workers and their bad workers. As a manager you need to be able to spot the bad ones, and then you need to come up with a plan for dealing with them. Throwing them under the bus may sound like a good idea, but it turns out that it can have long-term consequences. 

Hiring new workers is how you will make your team better over time. This means that you need to be able to go into an interview with a plan to determine if this is somebody that you want to add to your team. One way to make sure that you pick the right candidate is to learn how to use a decision matrix. 

Managers can make mistakes just like everyone else. However, we need to be careful to not make mistakes when we are hiring someone. Specifically, it turns out that there are things that we must not ask during the hiring process. 

New technology is emerging that can help you to be a better manager. The arrival of big data can give you the tools that you need to get more out of your teams. Using this data you may be able to answer the question of where IT workers actually come from. Get good at answering this question and you can start to hire the right people each time. 

©2019 Jim Anderson (P)2019 Jim Anderson

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