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Sage Management and Career Advice

Not from me... Big Smile   See me again in 5 or so years, and perhaps I will have learned enough to be of service to someone in this capacity...

No, I'm talking about sites and magazines that I read regularly.  One of my favorite blogs to read is Advice Line by Bob Lewis.  I've always liked his articles and commentary, which is generally right on point, without excessive fluff.  The advice found in both CIO Magazine and CIO Decisions are also very helpful.


Overall, though, when it comes to management and career information for techies, I don't think there's quite enough focus on good reading material.  Over the past year, I've been reading lots of good material from the Harvard Business Review, particularly their series on career development called:

The Results-Driven Manager Series

It's definitely one of my Recommended Reading items, along with some others on my technology consulting website.

This morning, I started reading "Why Smart Executives Fail" by Sydney Finkelstein,  which provides some very interesting insight into what causes organizations, led by often brilliant leaders, to take disasterous diversions from success.

 

The case studies are incredible, and I've only scratched the surface on this book.  My question is: How many people will read this and swear that it only applies to someone else?

I only bring this up because there's a whole lot of material that gets written about various things in management and technology, yet we see plenty of examples that they are only embraced (or, at the very least, followed) by a small subset of the populace, and that most simply pay lip services, if they pay any attention at all.

One thing I've already picked up from the book is that many of the characteristics we like in our leaders are also the very traits that can lead to spectacular failure...

More to say when I've finished... (and I really need to put together my favorite book list...)

 

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Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2006 12:22 PM by Logik!
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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.