December 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm #152215Edward A Kinney, MLA RLA ISA AZAParticipant
I’ve been tasked by my boss to take a course or some learning seminar that will prepare me to manage other LA’s. Given the rowdiness of us designer types, I guess he thinks some extra management prep work is called for. With 10+ years in this profession I’ve tutored plenty of newbies, and managed projects, but no official people-management training.
Does anyone know of any sort of seminar, or books, or coursework, which may be in line with this?December 2, 2014 at 12:19 am #152219CalicoParticipant
I took two in-person courses 10 – 15 years ago, and have known people who took others since. Most of the course content seemed to be common sense and / or pulled from an Intro to Business Management 101 textbook at some junior college. Small sample, but I did not think them to be worth the time and effort. I tend to learn better from books, so here are my recommendations:
December 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm #152218AnonymousInactive
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I know, it’s cliche, and I did not care for the sequel… but the original is worthwhile, even if the language and examples are a little bit dated. Basically, if you can figure out how to manage yourself effectively, your staff will respect you as a manager, which makes your job much easier. It took me a long time to work my way through the material and assignments embedded within, and I still refer back to it.
- Dealing with People You Can’t Stand by Brinkman and Kirschner. My wife purchased the book for me as a gag gift many years ago, probably off the shelf at a Kinko’s. I see that an updated edition is available. It’s tacky in a lot of ways, but a worthwhile read.
I spent about three months with a professional development coach earlier this year to prepare for a managerial role, which will include some designers. Afterwords, I have spent the past 4-5 months reading several books on interpersonal skills and taking copious notes. Here are my recommendations:Managing Difficult People: A Survival Guide for Handling Any Employee. Marilyn Pincushttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/managing-difficult-people-marilyn-pincus/1111956822?ean=9781593371869The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Boosting Employee Peformance. Marc Dorio, Susan Shellyhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/complete-idiots-guide-to-boosting-employee-performance-marc-dorio/1100249917?ean=9781615640256Includes a chapter in identifying leadership styles.High Maintenance Employees. Katherine Levisshttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/high-maintenance-employees-katherine-leviss/1018073387?ean=9781402206238&itm=142Y in the Workplace: Managing the “Me First” Generationhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/y-in-the-workplace-nicole-a-lipkin/1014570898?ean=9781601630711&itm=165I am a millenial (33 years old) but I do NOT have their work ethic. I disagree with about 75% of this book and how to handle them. At the same time, I recommend it so that people are not in for a surprise when working with this generation.Strengths Finder 2.0. Tom Rath
Written Communication. Soft Skills for a Digital Workplace
There are several other books from Jeff Butterfield. The verbal communication book is pretty pointless if you have read the others I have mentioned. I am going through the teambuilding book although not finding much. I think his series is more of a study aide not a standalone resource.December 4, 2014 at 2:50 am #152217Edward A Kinney, MLA RLA ISA AZAParticipant
Wow, thank you for all the good leads. I appreciate the help.December 5, 2014 at 12:29 am #152216ncaParticipant
For what it’s worth, I have been listening to the audio version of ‘Creativity Inc.’ about the founding and management of Pixar studios. I am finding it to be entertaining and focused mainly on the interplay between creativity and process management.
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