Workplace

This Is Why Google Likes Its Leaders Boring

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It may be that the best leaders aren’t those who inspire, or have the most product knowledge, or stand up to management on behalf of their team. Walter Chen, CEO of the productivity service IDoneThis, says the best leaders are those who are the most… predictable. Well, that’s counter-intuitive. Or, at least it is until you consider the numbers. Google, which is known for collecting reams of data on the performance of both employees and managers, discovered that when the… continue…

Is Zappos Leading a New Management Trend With ‘Holacracy?’

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Tony Hsieh and Evan Williams have seen the future, and it’s called holacracy. Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos, and Williams, the Twitter co-founder now starting up the Medium blogging hub, have both embraced this new approach to organizational structure and management. It eliminates traditional job descriptions and reporting layers and, its advocates say, puts power into the hands of the rank and file. Vox says it’s becoming the latest thing in Silicon Valley. Click here to find project management positions.… continue…

How to Protect Yourself When Your Team’s Project Fails

Posted In Working in Tech
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When a project’s late, over-budget or has simply collapsed, people usually start looking for someone to blame. That’s a natural tendency, even though it’s rare for a project’s troubles to be the result of any one person’s actions. The causes are often systemic and many: a lack of communication on the team, a stakeholder who wasn’t kept in the loop, a need to juggle competing priorities that didn’t succeed, or simply unrealistic expectations at the outset. Poor management may have… continue…

Take the Initiative and Keep Your Manager Informed

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Tip of the Day If your boss is constantly lurking by your desk, trying to stay on top of what’s going on, it might be time to change the way you interact. Because they’re unsure of which employees require more oversight than others, managers new to their roles often supervise subordinates closely. In the absence of trust, they tend to manage everyone carefully, which can grate on the nerves of experienced workers. Since relationships are a two-way street, changing the… continue…

How to Manage Older Tech Workers

Older Worker
If you’re a younger manager, you’re bound to confront extra challenges in managing a tech team: Wrangling others gets easier with experience, but you’re probably still picking up some tricks, and sometimes older workers balk at the idea of working for someone who doesn’t have a resume as deep as theirs. Here’s some approaches that can help you bridge the generational gap. Click here to see jobs for tech managers. Meet the Challenge Head-On First, acknowledge the challenges in managing… continue…

‘Knozen’ App Lets You Post Co-Worker Ratings

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Do you have a clear idea of how your co-workers view you? If you don’t, you might soon, if they take up Knozen, an iOS app–an Android version is in the works–that lets users rate their colleagues anonymously by displaying images of two people and asking yes-or-no questions such as “Which person is friendlier?” or “Who is more likely to leave work early for a date?” Click here to see iOS jobs. Sounds dicey. But the company says at least… continue…

Diversity’s Not So Hot in the Game Business, Either

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Young and hip as it may be, the world of game development is as white and male as the rest of tech, according to a report from the International Game Developers Association. The organization’s 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey found that a full 79 percent of developers are white, followed by 8.2 percent Hispanic/Latino, 7.5 percent Asian and 2.5 percent black. The IDGA says this represents a slightly better diversity picture than was seen in 2005, when 83.3 percent of the… continue…

Surprise! Facebook’s Workforce is White and Male, Too

Facebook Tech Team Diversity
Facebook has released figures showing the diversity of its workforce and, as with Google and Yahoo before it, the numbers depict a company that’s overwhelmingly male and white. Men constitute 69 percent of the company’s overall employee base, and 85 percent of the technical team. Fifty seven percent of the overall workforce is white, while 34 percent is Asian, 4 percent is Hispanic and 2 percent is black. Looking at technical employees, 53 percent are white, 41 percent are Asian,… continue…

Interview: Blackhawk Network CIO Christine Vonderach

Christine Vonderach
Christine Vonderach is CIO of Pleasanton, Calif.-based Blackhawk Network, which uses proprietary technology to offer a broad range of gift cards, other prepaid products, and payment services in more than 20 countries. Vonderach is one of a rare breed: According to a 2013 survey by recruiter Harvey Nash found that just 8 percent of American CIOs are women. Her approach was simple to express: Focus on being an overachiever. Before joining Blackhawk in 2010, she held leadership positions at Ask.com/IAC,… continue…

Why Cultural Fit Is Critical to Your Success

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By Daryl Zapoticzny Gallup’s recent State of the Global Workforce analysis states that only 30 percent of professional workers in the U.S. are “engaged” on the job. The other 70 percent range from “checked out” at work to “actively disengaged.” You may relate to these statistics if you find yourself exploring opportunities elsewhere. Although technical skills can help your marketability, they don’t keep you immune from the drain of a company culture that doesn’t fit your values and modus operandi.… continue…