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Leading Geeks: How to Manage and Lead the People Who Deliver Technology

by Paul Glen

Other authors: David H. Maister (Foreword)

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At first glance, this book has an appealing title and would seem to be useful for a course on IT Team Leadership. Upon closer inspection, however, the book fails to historicize technical work -- as if technical work were something that appeared with the computer. Carr's treatments of technical work, for instance, are more convincing precisely because Carr places technical work within an historical context.
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Winner of the 2003 Financial Times Germany/getAbstract Business & Finance Book Award

Leading Geeks challenges the conventional wisdom that leadership methods are universal and gives executives and managers the understanding they need to manage and lead the technologists on whom they have become so dependent. This much-needed book? written in nontechnical language by Paul Glen, a highly acclaimed management consultant? gives clear directions on how to effectively lead these brilliant yet notoriously resistant-to-being-managed knowledge workers. Glen not only provides proven management strategies but also background on why traditional approaches often don't work with geeks. Leading Geeks describes the beliefs and behavior of geeks, their group dynamics, and the unique nature of technical work. It also offers a unique twelve-part model that explains how knowledge workers deliver value to an organization.

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The people who research, develop, design, build, test, install, and support technology are a critical factor in every organization's success. This book gives clear directions on how to effectively lead these brilliant yet notoriously resistant-to-being-managed knowledge workers. It not only provides proven management strategies but also background on why traditional approaches often don't work with geeks. It describes the beliefs and behavior of geeks, their group dynamics, and the unique nature of technical work.… (more)

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