Posts Tagged ‘Office Politics’

Social Design for a Virtual Organization

Icon Written by Alora on April 13, 2009 – 1:49 pm

At South by Southwest, Brazen Careerist author and CEO Penelope Trunk was quite emphatic that, when starting a new business, having a geographically distributed team is rarely possible. She said this on her panel, as well as again when we spoke in person. She was a strong advocate of the notion that, for the first […]

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Sneaking Web 2.0 in the Back Door

Icon Written by Alora on February 6, 2009 – 1:32 am

This post was originally written for and published on Social Computing Magazine. Those of us in the Web 2.0 space who come from a technology background are often a little stunned when we discover that it is frequently our IT cohorts who pose some of the biggest obstacles to prospective enterprise implementations. After all, wouldn’t […]

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Why I Love Project Management

Icon Written by Alora on January 9, 2009 – 5:49 pm

Throughout my career I have held roles with all kinds of titles, but in the end, at my core, I am a project manager. That is how I see myself and how I tend to identify, no matter what my formal title. And it’s for a very, very simple reason: there is one constant in […]

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Boss Lesson #3: Don't Get Emotional

Icon Written by Alora on December 22, 2008 – 2:05 pm

One of the biggest lessons I learned from working for Dave wasn’t just what I learned from him, but that I came to understand the importance of timing because of him: there were so many things I learned from Dave only because I was at a point in my life where I was open to […]

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A Christmas Card to My Bosses: Thanks to Three Very Wise Men

Icon Written by Alora on December 21, 2008 – 10:47 am

Last week I wrote that we are rarely good about telling the people in our lives how grateful we are, and, realizing that applied to me as well, I figured that this was as good an opportunity as any for me to correct that when it came to three important influences in my life. As […]

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Managing the People or the Technology

Icon Written by Alora on October 15, 2008 – 8:21 pm

In the world of IT Management there are typically two types of leaders: “IT Professionals who Manage” or “Managers who work in IT.”  A nonsensical distinction to some, I’m sure, but in the IT world, it is always a big source of debate.  How often do organizations promote their rock star developer or engineer to […]

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