Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Microsoft Managers get a bad wrap...

....and rightly so in my opinion.

Stacking up ten years at Microsoft, with almost a manager for every year, it's no wonder we're in trouble.  Business is all about relationships - finding them, nurturing them and using them to the best of your ability so that both sides get a good deal.

Management is no different.  Really.

In my opinion, this is the number one reason that managers fail.  They feel the power, the control and the responsibility to get the job done - and forget that they were once in that position.  With only a number of exceptions, people want to enjoy their working day.   What leads to enjoyment is not only what they are doing, but who they are doing it with - and their manager is a key player in that mix.

If you are smart, you will understand that it's down to your manager whether or not you succeed or fail (especially in the corporate world).   This is true, and as someone doing pretty well in the management discipline I'd love to explain how I do it.  But there is a flip's also about how YOU build your relationship with your manager. 

It's about the good stuff, the often intangible stuff - how to communicate successfully, how to understand the impact of perception and let's face it, how to ultimately play the game.

So this is it, my first blog post.  I hope that I can impart pearls of wisdom, hear and learn from others who can share their experiences and help people understand that it is possible to have a positive and rewarding experience working with your manager - and being one.


  1. Hi MS Manager,
    I enjoyed your post!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS on finally joining the bloggerati! 'Bout time! :D

    Just posted your arrival on my blog and tweet-stream.

    Can't wait to see the results of your sharing your exceptionally sage advice :D