Friday, February 11, 2005

How to Manage Smart People

Scott Berkun, who worked as a program manager at Microsoft for nine years wrote a very interesting essay for changethis.com called How to Manage Smart People. Though I am not a manager, I would fancy myself as one someday in the distant future. Scott has some wonderful ideas, if you have a second, you should hop over to the site and read his essay.

Here are a few excerpts:

“There’s no one way to manage people, but there are some approaches that I think most good managers share.”

“Everyone is talented. Certainly not everyone is as talented as everyone else, but every individual has certain things they are good at, and certain things they suck at. Good managers must step back from the hierarchy… and actually see people not for what they do …but for what they can do that they are currently not doing.”

“While managers need to establish themselves… they also need to help establish the people on their team along with them.”

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