Well I thought I'd post some news and a big thank you (yet again!) for manager-tools M&M. My manager just left our company to pursue other work with past colleagues and my company has decided NOT to replace him in his position but leave the department in the hands of the two team leaders in our group (one of which is me). He and the rest of upper management has agreed that we were handling all important matters already and so his position is no longer needed. (BTW, we are a fairly small engineer firm, ~ 60 employees, so its fairly easy to change the organization structure).
Anyway, I couldn't have been as successful in this position without manager tools and all the other information, forums and reference books that I've been leeching onto for the past few months from all of you. So thanks and I look forward to expanding and practicing even more of my management skills in a larger group.