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I've been writing management myths for the last 18 months. Here are some of my favorites: 100% utilization, promote the best technical person into management, no time for training, "work smarter," the ...

I've been writing management myths for the last 18 months. Here are some of my favorites: 100% utilization, promote the best technical person into management, no time for training, "work smarter," the myth of the expert, objective ranking systems work and are objective and several more.

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  • Exploding Management MythsJohanna RothmanNew: Hiring GeeksThat Fitwww.jrothman.com@johannarothmanjr@jrothman.com781-641-4046
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman“Utilize Everyone All theTime”A mind is a terrible thing towasteContext switching wastespeople, preventsinnovation, and makeseverything take longer2
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman“Promote the BestTechnical PersonInto Management”3Management work isdifferent from technicalworkManagers work outside theteamManagers needinterpersonal skills
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman“We Have NOTime ForTraining”4We are too busy runninglike hamsters, making do“If you train people, theywill leave”If you don’t train them, theymight stay
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman“Work Smarter”Who wants to workdumber?Exhortations don’t workManagement has to createthe environment in whichteams can “work smarter”5
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman“I Need an Expert forThis...”Project dependenciescreate bottlenecksNever let experts workalone6
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman“I KnowWhat Everyone is Doing”One-on-ones are for morethan just status reportsBuild trust and a workingrelationship7
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman“An Objective Ranking SystemWorks”What’s objective about it?Software is a team sportand we rank people againsteach other? In a zero-sumgame?8
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman“Time Spent atWork is a UsefulMeasure of Work”Who here has had gooddays and bad days at work?The only measure isfeatures complete9
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman“I Know How Long theWork ShouldTake...”Conceptually easy tounderstand is not the same aseasy to completeRelated to Dunning-Krugereffect: People think they aremore competent than they areWanting to have the work takeless time does not make it so10
  • © 2013 Johanna Rothman11What’s your favorite managementmyth?
  • © 2013 Johanna RothmanYou Can Help Me12Would you like a bookabout these myths?What would a great titlebe?
  • © 2013 Johanna RothmanLet’s Stay InTouch...I’ve been writing the myths, one a month on Stickyminds,and then posting afterwards on my site,www.jrothman.comPragmatic Manager: www.jrothman.com/pragmaticmanagerPlease link with me on LinkedIn13