Monday, March 17, 2008

Are they a leader or are they a manager?

Article Title: Are they a leader or are they a manager?
Author Byline: Nikki Gordon
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We have all managed something at one point in our lives. Maybe it was an entire company or maybe it was just managing to get out of bed that morning.

Saying you manage people does not necessarily mean you lead them.

Here is an easy example. I work for a large multinational retailer. We have “Store Operators” or more commonly known as “Store Managers.” They do manage stores. They manage the ordering, financials, employee schedules, etc. Our most successful store operators have in common that they manage the administrative part of the job and lead their team.

Leading a team means investing in the team’s growth and meeting their needs so they can do the job successfully. Leading others is its own skill set.

When you are interviewing management candidates remember to reach beyond the scope of the administrative list on the resume. Look at the candidate and ask yourself
“Are they a leader or are they a manager?”

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Is There Really an IT Labor Shortage?

Here is a different look at the current IT labor situation. IT Labor Shortage? Plenty of political agendas offered, and a lot of talk about the number of H1-B visas that are really necessary. I have seen a number of articles discussing how the majority of H1-B visas actually are granted to foreign companies. So the foreign companies bring their employees here for the U.S. jobs, and the U.S. companies are left without access to as many new H1-B visas as a result, hence the shortage. This has been talked about for years though, it is not a new problem.
Foreign Companies use the most H1-B visas
Most H-1B Visas Are Going to Foreign-Based Companies

Friday, March 7, 2008

If IT demand is so high, why are so many people out of jobs?

An interesting conundrum I've wondered about. There are stories all over the place about demand for IT workers remaining high, IT unemployment being low, and we cannot find the right people for the jobs we have open. The simple answer is that the people I need are not looking for a new job, and the ones that are available are not the ones I need. This article explains it much better than that, especially with this quote, "There are plenty of IT professionals out there. But the truly talented people that clients are seeking -- that's the pool that's shrinking."
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