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All too often we find ourselves in the position of being an IT manager with little or no training on what it takes to correctly staff a team. This is a critical skill for us to have. Ultimately, the success of an IT manager rests on how his/her team preforms.

What You'll Find Inside:

  • “You're Fired!" (How To Let People Go With Class)
  • Managing It Talent In The 21st Century: Grow Or Buy?
  • What Should An It Manager Look For When Hiring Employees?
  • Google's Staffing Problems Can Teach It Leaders A Lot

You might think that staffing is all about hiring the right people to come and join your team. It turns out that there is a lot more to this. Staffing involves attracting and retaining the right people. However, it also deals with knowing when it is time to let the wrong members of your team go.

Knowing what to look for when it comes time to staff your team is a critical IT manager skill. You need to understand how important flexibility is because, as with all such things in life, everything continues to change over time. The best IT team members can come from unusual places and you need to know where to look for them.

IT managers have to deal with the classic dilemma: should you be looking for the smartest people or the people who have the best ideas? They are not necessarily the same group of people. While you are at it, will you be doing anything to solve the problem of there being too few women in IT?

We can all take heart in the fact that we are not alone in facing the challenges of creating a highly effective IT team. Even at companies as big and successful as Google they are struggling with this challenge and we can learn a lot from how they are tacking it.

This audiobook has been written to provide you with the skills that you are going to need in order to be able to attract, hire, retain, and motive a group of workers who will ultimately make your manager career a success. We'll investigate what you need to be looking for in new staff members and how you can get the most out of the team members that you already have.

©2013 Jim Anderson (P)2013 Jim Anderson

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