IT Career Advice
to learn about how these books can help you and your organization!
The CIO's Guide to Staff Needs, Growth and Productivity
What Your Staff Wants to Know and Are Afraid to Ask
As a former senior IT executive, I gained the knowledge and experience to write for GateHouse Media and IT World, based on my personal experience moving through the IT ranks, mentoring and growing my staff, and thinking about the great advice I was given by my managers and mentors. What I realized while writing these columns and answering reader questions, was how much I forgot about what it's like for techies early in their careers, trying to move ahead professionally.
This book contains 34 of my almost 200 columns, specifically selected, based on their importance for senior IT executives to know these questions are being asked. These reader questions are then discussed from two perspectives, the importance to you, the CIO, and why it's important to your employees.
As you will see in the Table of Contents, these columns are categorized into the eight questions/chapters listed below.
Where should I go from here?
How can I grow professionally?
How do I keep current and stay marketable?
How can I update my technical skills?
How can I effectively deal with change?
How do I keep my job?
How do I become a manager?
How do I get into IT?
Understanding your employees' perspective on these questions can help you, as their leader, maximize productivity, enhance innovation, reduce turnover, and as the book title alludes, create a productive and happy staff.
Your IT Career
Get Noticed, Get Promoted and Build Your Professional Brand
As a former senior IT executive, I gained the knowledge and experience to write for ITworld based on my personal experience moving through the IT ranks, mentoring and growing my staff, and thinking about the great advice I was given by my managers and mentors.
Over the past year, I posted 52 blogs/columns on a wide variety of IT career related topics inspired by questions from readers, discussions with participants in my company's training classes, industry trends, and my personal experiences, both good and bad, as an IT professional.
As you will see in the Table of Contents, these columns are categorized into the nine chapters listed below.
Enhancing Your Technical Skill Set
Enhancing Your Nontechnical Skill Set
Job Search Tips
In the Workplace
Maximizing Your Pay
Managing Your Career
Career Advancement Tips and Advice
Building Your Professional/Technical Brand
Joining IT from Other Professions
My hope is that this book will provide you with insights, tips, tricks, and advice that will help you successfully manage your career and help you reach your short term and long term career goals.
Produtivity Driven Success
Hidden Secrets of Organizational Efficiency
Whether you are a senior executive, individual contributor, manager, or a sole entrepreneur, everyone has a story - what they're known for on the job, even if it's only putting out fires.
Think: what could your story be IF you had the time, money and resources you needed to get the things you want done?
Being this agent of change in your company will bring great value to your organization and enhance your career. But, how do you change anything without a bigger budget, more people, and more time?
The answer is organizational efficiency. Simply put, this means producing the most output with the least input. Sounds great, but how do you do it? Find out in the groundbreaking new book - Productivity Driven Success.
A simple formula for measuring lost opportunity and see what it's costing your organization
5 ways to discover why a colleague or employee is blocking your plan so you can turn your enemy into an ally
A 7 step process you can use to get your projects funded
8 activities and concepts guaranteed to enhance your productivity, and give you the time, money and resources to get things done
How to make meetings more productive - and have less of them!
How to apply what you learn in this book to best fit your organization's short term business goals and long term objectives
Real-life case histories to inspire you to lead the change your organization needs
52 Great Management Tips
A year of weekly management advice by nationally syndicated GateHouse Media comimnist Eric P. Bloom
As a weekly nationally syndicated columnist with GateHouse Media, over the course of the year I publish 52 columns on a wide variety of management topics. These topics were inspired by questions from readers, important business trends, and core management values and activities. Then, at year end, I organized them in a way to help you answer the following types of questions.
Ok, you were promoted to manager. Now what?
What is your management style and is it effective?
How can you successfully lead your team?
How do you deal with difficult employees?
How do you effectively communicate with others?
What is the hardest part about hiring new people?
As a manager, what processes do you need to know, and why?
How do you deal with issues such as privacy, gossip and office jokes?
Tips and Advice for First-Time Managers
An entertaining, fast-paced, and enjoyable read, Manager Mechanics serves as both mentor and guide for newly minted managers. Blooms uses his more than twenty-five years experience to give fi rst-timers the practical knowledge and political insights needed to perform successfully in their new management role.
Just been made a manager? Great! Now what?
Have kids? If so, you have all the management experience you need.
Congratulations, now you get to manage your friends.
Now that I'm a manager, what's my next step?
Discover how work is not a democracy; it's a dictatorship!
Learn about the 7 kinds of troubled employees; Sleazy, Grumpy, Lazy, Brainy, Tardy, Dummy and Troubled.
How does the hiring process really work?
Uncover the truth about the Good, the Bad and the Other.
Bloom explains how new and seasoned managers alike will gain techniques and proven approaches for leading their teams, hiring top talent, navigating company politics, avoiding career-limiting mistakes and producing high-quality, well-planned results.
Manager Mechanics is your fi rst step toward cultivating a strong career in management. Improve your communication skills, employee morale, and work environment with this indispensable guide!
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