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Published Friday, January 15, 2010 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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Chuck said:


Right on, brother!

I have been in IT for a while now and continue to be amazed the lack of basic awareness of leadership concepts that I learned in the Navy when I was 19 years old.

This one is most apparent and common:

"Never criticize a subordinate in public."

Far too often in IT shops I can overhear IT "leaders" sniping away over petty internal political rivalries within earshot of those they supposedly lead.

Take a few simple tips I learned from the US Navy:

"Never criticize a subordinate in public."

"Always be positive in private criticism."

"Work smarter, not harder."

These work for the USN, they'll work for you.


January 15, 2010 7:27 AM

Mike C said:


"L'audace!  L'audace!  Tujours l'audace!" -- Gen Patton

January 18, 2010 9:30 AM

Andy Leonard said:

Introduction This post is the fifth part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts

January 18, 2010 2:14 PM

Dana said:

This method is also very effective when it comes to getting my kids to do chores.  We kind of do them as a collaborative effort (at least to get them started).  I generally go in and help for a few minutes - make it apparent what the overall goal is and then move on to the next task.  The kids seem to finish the chores much more quickly and with much less whining, arguing and attitude :)  

So - um yeah IT Profs are a lot like kids - but we knew this already!

January 21, 2010 8:27 AM

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