Next was an important talk by Aneesh Raghunandan on the relationship between manager incentives, wage theft, and financial misconduct at Stanford GSB. Raghunandan shows that companies that barely make earnings targets are much more likely to engage in wage theft, and once they're caught, they're much more likely to engage in financial misconduct. Yeesh. Highly recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v4sia-MRf0 (7/10) #management #law #work #labor
Clarity, modularity, and simplicity are attributes that don't just make for excellent code; they're also the cornerstone of a high-functioning team. As such, we should give communication the same level of scrutiny and practice as we do with our coding skills.
I believe Toyota applied Deming’s ideas to create a management system and continued to develop that system to create the Toyota Production System (also known as lean manufacturing)...
Next was a great conversation with Cary Cooper on health and productivity in the workplace on the Productivity Puzzles podcast. Cooper discusses the relationship between health and productivity, why companies often struggle to implement good people management practices, and how this can all be improved https://www.productivity.ac.uk/podcast/productivity-puzzles-episode-10-health-and-productivity-in-the-workplace/ (5/6) #work #health #management
When Line Managers lack the hard skills of process design and implementation, the capacity to initiate changes in procedure, or the ability to write sound policy, and instead try to *lead* their team to success by hiring or co-opting other managers in the business to solve their problems, an engine of chaos is created.
Next was an engaging conversation with Laura Boudreau on multinational enforcement of labor laws in #Bangladesh on the @voxdev podcast. Boudreau convincingly shows through an RCT improved compliance after new worker safety laws were introduced and enforced by multinationals (with some complicating effects depending on management quality), and importantly improvements in safety and performance. Highly recommend https://voxdev.org/topic/firms-trade/multinational-enforcement-labour-laws-evidence-bangladesh (6/7) #labor #safety #management
Meanwhile in the #book trade, James Daunt's own bookshops & those he controls via the Watertsones group & Barnes and Nobel continue to prosper...
There are two really simple reasons for his success:
He's a bookseller, and has refocussed these chains on books! (To some extent his success also builds on the lockdown-inspired 'rediscovery' of reading books), and;
his #management is decentralised - he trusts branch managers to run a bookshop suitable for their locale.
Two important lessons!
Sublime Performing With Bradley Nowell’s Son Jakob — Will He Join the Band?
Sublime Performing With Bradley Newell’s Son Jakob — Will He Join the Band?
Fridayy’s Manager Edgar Cutino Launches New Management Company
Emsisoft is having a holiday deal where you can get 20% off 1-year licenses of the Emsisoft Enterprise Security EDR solution through December 17th, 2023, with no license limits. Emsisoft's Enterprise Security provides a #cloud-based #management console where you can see an overview of all your endpoints and any security incidents that need to be investigated, whether malware or other anomalous behavior. The 20% off Emsisoft Enterprise Security holiday deal is https://pike.link/QqBxN...
The Power of Aligning Values and Leadership Principles for Success https://www.thinkers360.com/tl/blog/members/the-power-of-aligning-values-and-leadership-principles-for-success via @TonyMartignett1 of TonyMartignett1 on @thinkers360 #Coaching #Leadership #Management
A little self-serving but also interesting & useful overview of modern #Enterprise mgmt.
A dispatch from the world of #work.
Talking to our new postie it turns out he was a building/fitter (self-employed) for 17 years before lockdown sank his business.
Then he went to work in an office job for another firm in the same (broad) sector but after 18 months of rubbish #management causing stress & annoyance, he's taken a 50%+ wage cut to become a (country) postman, because of the lifestyle.
(and this, I assume despite the managerial issues at the PO).
Its a quality of life issue!
Jolla | Original Finnish management takes the company to a fresh start 📲 :linux:
Jolla's Sailfish OS: The #1 mobile operating system - free from the likes of google - powered by Linux.
CISA is warning that #threat actors breached a U.S. water facility by hacking into Unitronics programmable logic controllers exposed online. PLCs are crucial control and #management devices in industrial settings, and hackers compromising them could have severe repercussions, such as water supply contamination through manipulating the #device to alter chemical dosing. Other risks include service disruption leading to a halt in water supply and physical damage to the...
If recent adjustments in #ONS #GDP data & the ongoing reformation of its #labour statistics continue, then as #inflation falls, the UK may look less of a regional economic outlier than it has in the last few years... but the Q. is will this have a positive impact on inwards #investment (or any investment for that matter)?
I work at a place with quite a hidebound institutional culture. Administrators exploit it mercilessly, but many faculty & staff are only too willing to throw each other under the bus when it's to their advantage.
The union is... better? I guess. However, even union members seem to have the same overall tendencies, if slightly attenuated. It's as if the union leadership's motto is "I didn't get elected to this position so I could take /suggestions/ from mere /members/."
The number of times I've heard "...we don't do things that way here" or "we've never done it like that" (meaning "and we sure as hell aren't going to start") since I came here almost a decade ago is in the hundreds.
Reminding myself of why, every few months, I renew my determination to not care that this place is being gutted of all worker rights and autonomy by rampant administrators and is about to have its funding wildly cut by a university system intent on killing off its teaching universities to fund its R1 flagships and medical centers.
NEW! A Leanpub Frontmatter Podcast Interview with Gregor Hohpe, Author of Platform Strategy: Innovation Through Harmonization https://leanpub.com/podcasts/frontmatter/gregor-hohpe-28-11-23 Watch here: https://youtu.be/59ZmJb0XzOA #books #leanpublishing #selfpublishing #SoftwareArchitecture #EnterpriseArchitecture #InformationTechnology #CloudComputing #Management #Leadership @ghohpe @frontmattercast
How Centralization Decisions Create Friction, Increase Cycle Time, and Cost Money, Part 1 https://www.jrothman.com/mpd/2023/11/how-centralization-decisions-create-friction-increase-cycle-time-and-cost-money-part-1/ #Management #CycleTime #CostofDelay
From across the high financial seas, a 'ruthless' global debt collector is circling WA's power supply
By Daniel Mercer and Angus Mackintosh
Elliott Management is little-known outside the world of high finance, but throughout its legendary history it's made many enemies, including the Argentine navy. It's now eyeing a stoush with an Australian state over energy.
Hémorragie des effectifs à L'Express pour les 70 ans du magazine fondé par Françoise Giroud: le directeur de la rédaction, Éric Chol est surnommé "Chol… Pot" depuis son passage à Courrier International pour son management décrit comme "ultra-centralisé" qui tolère mal la contradiction (sous-entendu: c'est un tyran). Et on s'étonne que la profession aille si mal... https://www.lalettre.fr/fr/medias_presse-ecrite/2023/11/30/l-express--departs-en-serie-et-tensions-sociales,110113538-art
A little self-serving but also interesting & useful overview of modern #Enterprise mgmt.
Parkinson's Law: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
"The fact that light-hearted satire has been ingrained into management doctrine, twisted to mischaracterize workers, tells us more about business than Parkinson ever did."
Secrecy in international fisheries management: bad news for our oceans? [Promoted content] https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/opinion/secrecy-in-international-fisheries-management-bad-news-for-our-oceans/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=mastodon #fisheries #Management #NGOs #promoted
Next was an excellent pair of talks by Steven Kaplan on the trajectory of corporate governance research and Raghuram Rajan on financial intermediation research at the @stiglercenter. There's a bit of Chicago-centricity here (to be excused because it's an anniversary event for the school), but this is a good review of a lot of the influential work in the space. Highly recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8rhqBcpejs (5/13) #economics #management #finance
That one little boycott comment reveals so much.
The problem isn't that #Musk's new direction for the company is taking it away from everything "brand safety".
»Instagram: Keine Schranken für dubiose Konten, die Kindern folgen«
Hier im #Fediverse gibt es keine #KI die zB #Kinderschutz bevorzugt aber weil pro Server weniger #User:Innen online sind, ist dessen #Management simpler zu führen. Abgesehen davon ist dies ein #Argument mehr gegen #Instagram sehr plausibel und sollte jegliche Ausreden verhindern.
"Organizations should stop hiring Scrum Masters and empower delivery managers and directors to take on the Scrum Master accountabilities."
@IanDSmith Tom Gilb wrote an interesting and useful book, Principles of Software Engineering Management (https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-home-_-Results&ref_=search_f_hp&tn=principles%20of%20software%20engineering%20management). In it, he stated (with emphasis) a primary rule of good management in general, but certain of software engineering management: "Early!"
> A part of statistical process control is also a particular outlook on life, a resigning to the fact that all real-world events are governed to a large extent by noise, randomness, and luck, and our ability to influence individual outcomes is limited.
Statistical Process Control: A Practitioner's Guide
In last week’s column, I observed it is essentially impossible for managers to be in all the collaboration activities with which their team engage.
The fix is **not** for the formal leader to be in ever more meetings, taking ever more decisions, at an ever more detailed level. Rather, the fix comes in the form of empowering people without positional authority to take on informal leadership.
Every software is messy and has skeletons
Next was a great talk by @raffasadun (👋) on changing demand for executive skills at the #VIDEseminar. By analyzing job descriptions over the years, Sadun shows that social skills have grown in importance, supplanting operational skills. Highly recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN8jgWlwlcs (9/12) #management #PeopleAnalytics #economics
Next was a thought-provoking discussion with Guoli Chen on how much CEOs matter for firm outcomes on the INSEAD podcast https://knowledge.insead.edu/strategy/do-ceos-matter (8/12) #management #PeopleAnalytics
OK, you've convinced me. I've been meaning to read your book for a long time and it will be a good complement to VM Brasseur's books, also from @pragprog
What is a successful open source project and how can you build a business with these technologies is becoming so important, these books are now required reading.
Self appraisals an exciting management tool that results in little appraising and a lot of stressing #management
Compliance ultimately relies on coercion, and people comply because they fear further and more severe punishments, or they fear the end of the gravy train and the loss of future rewards.
Climate Change And Ecosystem Shifts In The Southwestern United States
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-023-46371-x <-- shared paper
#GIS #spatial #mapping #spatialanalysis #spatiotemporal #USA #southwest #region #ussouthwest #southwestus #ecosystems #change #model #modeling #climatechange #ecosysteminstability #landmanagement #landcover #management #planning #abiotic #bioclimate #terrain #machinelearning #AI #climatemodels #mitigation #preparedness #decisionmaking #informed #informeddecisions #informedchoices
Check out the latest Leanpub Frontmatter podcast interview, featuring Jeff Sutherland, author of First Principles in Scrum: Teams That Finish Early Accelerate Faster => Watch here: https://youtu.be/XnucWoK3gAw #books #leanpublishing #selfpublishing #Scrum #Management #ProductManagement #Agile #AgileEnterprise #Leandership #programming
Next was an interesting conversation w/Felipe Monteiro on the importance and challenges of incorporating ecosystem innovations into a firm on the INSEAD podcast https://knowledge.insead.edu/strategy/importance-incorporating-innovation-firm (9/11) #innovation #management
Next was a great panel on company directors, corporate law, and governance at the Melbourne Centre for Commercial Law w/Ian Ramsay, Rosemary Langford, Joe Longo, Catherine Walter, Diana Nicholson, and Andrew Godwin. This wide-ranging conversation touches on the implications of virtual shareholder meetings, director responsibilities to keep up w/new technology, and more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnkJvelqEqY (7/11) #law #Australia #management
First was a fantastic slate of talks at the National Bureau of Economic Research behavioral finance symposium with Spencer Kwon (how people use statistics), Ahmed Guecioueur (impact of manager communication on mutual fund flows), and Marius Guenzel (CEO social preferences and layoffs). Highly recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flpuGyvfsT8 (2/11) #economics #statistics #PeopleAnalytics #management
Are you familiar with the Peter Principle? It's a #management theory that says people get promoted till they rise to the point where they're incompetent.
Makes complete sense, right?
Actually no. It really pisses me off. It takes a training issue and makes it sound like the employee's fault.
I was a great developer so I was promoted to a development manager. And given no training. So, of course, I was shit at it. Is that my fault?
Middlesex University has embarked on an Accelerated Change Programme (ACP)... to maintain (restore) the university's 'financial sustainability'.
Of course, it's no surprise that what the ACP actual entails is cuts to provision & programmes.
'accelerated change' equals cuts.
I'm sure Middlesex like so many universities is under a lot of financial pressure, but the terminology is just dishonest managerialism...
Last was a fabulous talk by Zhiyan "Z" Wu on the influence of a founder's children and family on gender homophily in male-led ventures at the Strategic Management Society. In an incredibly rigorous study, Wu shows the striking effect that having a daughter has on the gender composition of a founder's early employees. I still wonder about how we act on this finding, but it's important to know. Highly recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GZbpImUHok (11/11) #startups #gender #management
Next was an engaging conversation with Matthew Semadeni on the surprising impact of CEO political ideology on firm investment decisions during political transitions on Sekou Bermiss's Lit Review podcast https://thelitreview.podbean.com/e/the-lit-review-an-amj-podcast-matt-semadeni-s2e3/ (10/12) #PeopleAnalytics #politics #management
Quite a clever little idea by someone who took #economics 101. But I can't believe this was signed off by #management or #legal. https://www.reuters.com/legal/new-details-ftc-antitrust-lawsuit-against-amazon-made-public-2023-11-02/
Next was a good talk by @keldlaursen and Ammon Salter on open innovation at the Strategic Management Society. Looking externally for innovative ideas has become more and more important over time, and Laursen and Salter explore the sweet spot between too much and too little exploration, the tradeoffs with internal R&D expenditure, and explore open questions in the space https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBAHKBfdw4s (5/9) #economics #management
How Employers Can Support Employee Mental Health
Chris Dillow on the UK's crisis in #management, the differences between managerialism and management, and why this should be a political issue.
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If randomly selected workers (blue and white collar) were asked to rank, in order of importance:
‣ 𝑩𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒑𝒂𝒚
‣ 𝑴𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒍𝒆𝒙𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 𝒔𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒅𝒖𝒍𝒆
‣ 𝑴𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒑𝒆𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝒎𝒂𝒏𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕/𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑
𝗪𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗽𝗮𝘆 𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗸 once results were tallied?
@djlink All true, but also true that power robs people of empathy. That is, problem areas are not perceived by those in power. Sometimes people have complained to me that mgmt keeps adding more work to the breaking point. I tell them that sadly mgmt won't know there is a problem until something breaks. As long you keep working more and more hours, they will think everything is fine. Just be careful in choosing what you allow to break. #management #systems #techculture https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/social-empathy/201909/power-blocks-empathy
#Deming realized that many important things, that must be managed, cannot be measured. Both those points are important. One, you can't measure everything of importance to #management And two, you must still manage those important things...
Almost daily now I see posts on LinkedIn complaining about the length of corporate hiring and interview processes.
If Elon Musk can buy Twitter in 10 days, you can hire a candidate in less than a month.
Sentiment like this is legion. I admit that, with many pipelines, processes can be burdensome, drawn-out, or involve more hoop jumping than anything of value. At the same time I understand why processes are built this way.
Folks who post statements like the above into the echo chamber are missing the point.
Every hire – particularly for smaller teams or companies – has dramatic impact on both the culture and momentum of the team. A good hire is a net positive. A bad hire is potentially catastrophic.
In all cases, hiring managers are weighing the value of a potential employee against the cost (and risk) they represent. The value is estimated based on expected impacts to the team’s throughput. In terms of product timelines, ticket completion rates, or financial return on projects that would’ve otherwise been impossible without investing in this employee.
Cost starts with salary. Add to that the cost of initial onboarding and training – this might mean you’re paying for a month (or more) of their time while they get up to speed before they produce anything of value in return. There’s also the cost of the trainers. How many members of your existing team will now be less productive while they help convey knowledge to their new team member?
Risk is harder to quantify, but is just as importance. What would the impact be if this employee doesn’t work out? They might get through a month (or three) of onboarding and then quit. Or they could prove to be a different person on the team than they were in the interview – a toxic new hire can drag the entire team down with them!
The easiest way to balance the risk of a new hire is to closely manage that risk. Similar to a zero-trust approach in computing, where a machine must be tested before it can fully connect to a secure network, new employees must be vetted over time to ensure their being a part of a team won’t break it. More simply – don’t make them the trusted arbiters of your business on the first day.
The easiest way to mitigate the risk of a bad hire is with a trial period. One month. Three months. Six months. Give the new employee time to learn your systems and master their role, while at the same time you get to know them and can concretely establish their value to the business. If, at the end of this trial period, things aren’t working out you have a solid timeframe within which to make a change.
Just ensure you’re 100% transparent with this process when you hire so your candidate and eventual employee has an equal stake in the evaluation.
A nice hatchet job from the New Yorker!
The story of morally and intellectually bankrupt superstar researchers who elevated what is/was/has always been a somewhat semi-decent, hardly scientific enterprise called behavioral economics (within social psychology) into a juggernaut of "just-so stories" that swayed nations, industries and academias to form absolutely horrendous worldviews and make decisions likewise.
The field: The poor need to be nudged (read, extra inconvenience) to make rational decisions with marginally any value to them. Meanwhile, dear corporations, here are some tax write-offs and subsidies; you can also engage in open thievery. That's our way to nudge you to do the right thing, i.e., fudging with the accounts. This is how we social engineer (All this, based on absolutely moronic and morally dubious "studies". I am reminded of the evo-psych psychopaths).
As if economics as it stands isn't dismal and unscientific enough, whether you legitimize with a couple Nobels or not, this is like "polishing a turd".
Of course not much is likely to change in academia across fields as well. It will continue to seek and hire more such people who will bring the money, fame, and storytelling at the expense of hard work and reality. Knowledge building and intellectual work... what's that?
>Resources will be reallocated to slowing the spread of the #pest
>Non-compliance from #beekeepers and illegal #hive movement was a major factor in the failed eradication effort
>#Government and #industry groups made the unanimous decision to move to a #management approach
The amount of time I spend as a manager looking at my calendar to resolve conflicts is too damn high. Google/Microsoft, get on that please. Give us a company-wide solver that organizes it all, and when it's intractable raises that to humans: ex. "due to existing constraints and higher-priority meetings, this meeting cannot be scheduled with all participants." #corporate #calendar #planning #management
In the 7 years between my first and second engineering management roles, I invested in growing my leadership and people management skills
The TLDR of what I recommend:
1. Therapy & introspection & emotion regulation (know yourself, know your weakness, know your failure modes)
2. Choose the right manager who will support you (ask the spicy questions!)
3. Build your personal support network both inside *and* outside of your organization (of folks who have similar and different backgrounds, and at least some with management experience)
4. Start by NOT doing any of the "bad" management practices you've seen or heard of. Damaging trust or psychological safety is one of the hardest mistakes to recover from. Avoiding "bad" mistakes is far more important than doing "good" practices.
5. Invest in your communication skills in *every* way you can, particularly 1:1. Invest in understanding communication across neurotypes, and the diversity of mental health experiences (e.g., anxiety, PTSD
6. Invest in growing your inclusive leadership skills, and invest (continuously!) in growing your understanding of the experiences of people who ARE NOT like you (race, gender, ability, neurodiversity, culture, religion, class, etc)
6. Read "Making of a Manager" for first time managers to see the raw experiences said out loud: https://www.juliezhuo.com/book/manager.html
Additional Management Books:
Manager's Path, Resilient Management, Managing Humans
- Crucial Conversations
- Burnout, by Emily & Amelia Nagoski
- (choose your own path among communication & inclusion resources)
Bigger list of eng management resources (books, blogs, articles): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GSHbdgvRaCLM3ruf_DmAMzu2XCYiAFfwZnZXrHaGNnM/edit?usp=drivesdk