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Life’s Unexpected Lessons

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Not too long ago I attended a 1-day seminar titled “Essential Skills for the First Time Manager.” I thought it would be a day filled with useful information about how to effectively manage people, how to give not only positive feedback but also provide “constructive criticism” in a way that would foster growth, not resentment, and how I could motivate people to want to do their very best each and every day, to truly work to their full potential. Basically, if you are going to manage people, how to do it like a rock star!

While I did learn some of those things, the one thing that really stuck with me, that really made me think and gave me one of those “wow, I never thought of that” moments was this question that the leader posed: “How can YOU be a better employee to YOUR manager?” I am embarrassed to admit that I have never thought of that. Anyone else out there in those same shoes? Anyone else never think of this? If so, welcome to my world – here are some things to think about; if not, kudos to you and think of this as a refresher.

  1. Align yourself with your boss.
  2. Complement (not compliment) their style and approach.
  3. Stay ahead of the curve; be proactive.
  4. Make your boss look good.
  5. Never criticize your boss with co-workers.
  6. Support your boss’ goals and activities.
  7. Like the customer, your boss is always right.

I love the quote by Vernon Howard, “Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.” Just be ready to be surprised by what that something new is!

The Bigger Picture – Internal Dynamics of a Team – From Playgrounds to Board Rooms

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Psychologists often point to a person’s early development being as much about peer interaction as the lessons we learn in school.  “Mommy and Me”, “Gymboree” etc., there is an entire industry built on socializing children early and often as a key part of their development. The same principles apply as we move to school age.  Think back to our elementary school days on the playground where we start to learn how the different personalities of our peers teach us that we need to find a way of working together to accomplish a common goal.

These same principles apply on a much broader scale within the workplace.

There are four major types of personalities within the workplace: the Visionary, the Get it Right, the Get it Done and the Get Along.

  • The Visionary is the driver, the starting point of everything. This type of personality sees the big picture and can visualize 5, 10 or 15 years into the future based on  what they have in mind.
  • The Get it Right puts  processes in place to ensure that, in order to get where the visionary is going, certain rules, regulations and thresholds meet compliance requirements on all levels.
  • The Get it Done initiates the plan, whether it be a product or a service. Their goal is to market and sell not only the product or services but also the company and its core values to keep continued business flowing with current customers and obtain new business by ensuring positive feedback.
  • The Get Along jumps between the other three as a go-to person on all levels to maintain balance. Often times this personality gets misrepresented and over-shadowed by the other three; however, behind the scenes this one drives the other three to get along, get things done and move forward.

The goal of any company is success driven by passion from every team member.   Molding a team to fit well with each other takes tact and skill. Not everyone is designed to have the same roles. I have worked in an office setting for several years and can tell you that if there is a break in just one of these roles it creates unnecessary setbacks for the other team members and for the goals of the company. Everyone must play their individual role in order for the team to be successful, and in turn, the company successful.

QUOTE: On Being in the People Business

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“We are in the people business. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the banking business, your customers, you’re in the people business, and it’s how you treat people. I grew up with the thought that I wanted to treat people the way I’d like to be treated, and I think if you do that, it’s pretty hard to go wrong.”

Nolan Ryan on comparing his cattle ranch business with working with ballplayers.

So simple.  How do companies lose sight of this so easily?

Oh, right.  Because simple is hardly ever simple.

(Via SvN)

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 5/14/10

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One of my favorite bloggers, behavioral economist Tyler Cowen, gets profiled (probably much to his chagrin) in the Washington Post.

John Gruber with Apple-Verizon Political Calculus, 2010 Edition.

Facebook privacy: A bewildering tangle of options.

The Chronicle’s Melvin Konner on how childhood has evolved.

Law and Order: the doink doink sound.

Bill Watterson’s letter announcing that he would be stopping Calvin and Hobbes.

Your friend, Conan (O’Brien).

Adobe, you brought an advertisement to a gun fight.

Finally, the 50 greatest hip-hop samples of all time.  Even if you’re not a hip-hop fan (and I’m not), this is fascinating.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management), Workday and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog. If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website. If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

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Linkology: Friday Links for 3/26/10

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First some administrivia: we’ve had a pretty big spike in readership this month, so I’d like to say hello and thank you to all our new readers.  This place would just be an empty echo chamber without you, so we appreciate your readership and RSS subscriptions. If you’d like to follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well, we’d love to have you.

But now, on to some more abstract things, in no logical order, that hopefully mesh with your early-Spring Friday.  Here goes.

Auto Smiley is a computer vision smiley generator that uses your Mac’s webcam to watch you work.  When (or if) you smile, the software recognizes it and pastes an ASCII smile – : ) – into your front-most application.  Talk about enforcing online authenticity, eh?

Ever wonder sort of weird ‘filler’ item you need to buy on Amazon to qualify for free shipping on an order?  Enter Amazon Filler Item Finder. Simply enter how much you’re short for free shipping and this simple tool will show you items that match the amount.  Cute.  (Although the logical question is: wouldn’t shipping, in many cases, be cheaper?)

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Linkology: The Best of the Internet for 3/19/10

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I have to start with this: if you’re not following us on Twitter, please do.  We also have an active Facebook page.  We use those to share smaller bits of information and engage in community conversations, so you should follow us and become a fan if you’re interested in such things.  Consider each of these microblog counterparts to this main blog.

So, onward.  This week’s linkdump:

Consider your brain fried: scientists put largest ever object into quantum state.  From the opening paragraph: A team of scientists has succeeded in putting an object large enough to be visible to the naked eye into a mixed quantum state of moving and not moving. If you’re new to quantum science, this all seems nigh impossible, like gnomes and dragons and Gandalf.  But it just became real to the point where you have to acknowledge that another universe exists altogether, quite literally.

Mesofacts: your reality is out of date.

The most influential books, as chosen by Matt Yglesias.

Harvard grad A. K. Barnett-Hart’s now-famous thesis on the market for subprime mortgage-backed CDOs.  If the thesis is too complex (and it is for many), here is a good description of the piece.

Why did it take so long for humans to have an Industrial Revolution?

The hardest logic puzzle ever.

And, in the spirit of March Madness, the science of optimum free throw shooting has been calculated.  Interesting.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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MIPRO Consulting is a nationally-recognized consulting firm specializing in PeopleSoft Enterprise (particularly Enterprise Asset Management), Workday and Business Intelligence. You’re reading MIPRO Unfiltered, its blog.  If you’d like to contact MIPRO, email is a great place to start, or you can easily jump over to its main website.  If you’d like to see what MIPRO offers via Twitter or Facebook, we’d love to have you.

MiPro Gives Back: voting results as of March 24

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Due to numerous requests to provide some idea of the vote tally from our MiPro Gives Back charity project, here are the top 10 vote-gettering charity organizations as of March 24, 10 AM EST.  To vote, go to MiPro Gives Back.

Again, following up on the sentiments of this post: get the word out.  I am seeing quite a bit of campaigning on behalf of these charities all over the web, and it’s working.

I will update again tomorrow with refreshed top 10 stats.  For real-time information and updates, follow us on Twitter.

Fumble: How a Botched Software Upgrade Hurt J. Crew’s Bottom Line

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What is the cost of a fumbled upgrade?  For J. Crew it was $3MM in unanticipated costs which, according to J. Crew, contributed to their recently announced earnings miss of 4 cents a share.   How did Wall Street respond?  Typical overcorrection seems to be the response with shares trading 15% down in after hour activity.

Ben Worthen highlighted J. Crew’s stumble in his business technology blog in the Wall Street Journal, mentioning that J. Crew isn’t the first company to blame poor earnings results on technology.

There was a wave of businesses blaming poor results on tech-projects-gone-bad in the early part of the decade. We haven’t seen it much lately, though.

One difference: Nike, Hershey and others that had problems in the past went out of their way to blame the tech vendor. J. Crew never once tried to pass the buck. The company didn’t respond to our requests for comment, which also means we don’t know which company sold the offending technology. You can search the Web for “J. Crew” and “systems” and find the names of several companies J. Crew buys software from, but there’s not enough evidence for us to point a finger.

What strikes a chord in me in the report is that Worthen assumes that the poor upgrade is the result of “offending technology.”  Our experience however, leads me to be much more suspicious of the implementation/upgrade approach, executive sponsorship, project budget and timeline constraints, and ultimately the implementation team itself.  All too often we see companies approach an upgrade as a routine activity that can be performed easily by their staff (all while their staff stays on top of their regular day-to-day responsibilities).   Supplemental staff is reluctantly brought in via simple commodity broker staffing firms that can only provide bodies and not real experience from both a people and process standpoint.

Obviously, this doesn’t fly too often.

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