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Hi Everyone,

New to manager tools. Enjoying the podcasts and the ability to interact with people at all different levels with a cumulative wealth of experience.

I'm new to management, having held down a technical career, which became increasingly directionless until a downturn in the job market forced me to reassess.

Took the opportunity to refresh my career options by attending University for the first time and obtained a high-quality degree in Computer Science that has helped put me onto a new track.

On the strength of the degree and still within the university, I have been given an IT/Manufacturing project to manage. I am now filling out my technical ability with all the soft skills I can and am beginning to see a number of exciting opportunities on the horizon - dependant upon successful completion of this project of course.

I'm not directly responsible for any staff, but I find myself needing to influence and motivate department heads and company owners. The forums and podcasts are very helpful and I shall be visiting regularly from now on.

PierG's picture

Welcome!!!!
Mark and Mike love IT guys like we are!!! It seems we are among the best 'experimental animals' for management :)
PierG
P.S. Mark / Mile ... just kidding! Thank you for the support ;)

MattJBeckwith's picture

Welcome imlycett!

[quote="imlycett"]I'm not directly responsible for any staff, but I find myself needing to influence and motivate department heads and company owners. [/quote]

You've made a great choice listening to M-T... and as you'll hear on many 'casts, it's all about the people and the relationships (and our behavior) and these 'casts will surely help with influence and motivation.

Welcome again!

Mark's picture

imlycett-

Sorry for my delay.

Welcome aboard! My niece spent a year at Reading (and even taught me how to pronounce it) on a college exchange. My whole family are anglophiles (the smart ones anyway).

Glad you're with us. Part of why you like it here, I suspect, is that good management is, at its core, indistinguishable from good interpersonal relations, friendship, professionalism, and love and care for others.

And when no one else does it, you look like the smartest person in the parish.

It's a privilege to serve you.

Mark