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Posted Saturday, October 3, 2009 2:43 PM


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Posted Saturday, October 3, 2009 9:09 PM


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Wow. The article and the editorial are great but sure could open up pandora's box discussion wise. Without always saying "YES" or getting my nose stuck in a most undignified manner, I believe that every employee has only one job... make the boss look good (sometimes requires saying "No... here's what happens if we do that").

Just like it's no pleasure to work for an ungrateful overpowering boss, it's no fun having ungrateful noncompliant subordinates. A fair bit of mutual respect and trust achieved by adequate and proper dialog is a must. There's a lot of ways to achieve both and a whole lot more ways to destroy both.

The bottom line is, if you can't or won't make your boss look good, it's time to find a new job.

Guess I'll leave it at that.


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Posted Monday, October 5, 2009 1:56 AM
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a select group of us employees were given series of MBA courses but just an overview. it was not even a mini-MBA course which is one year. we were not graded thus we did not have to be interactive, but we did ask a lot of questions.

for that brief moment of time when we were on the view of top (supposed to be), i understood why it is difficult to be a real, C-employee. aside from leadership, there is strategic thinking, organizational maps, executive finance (now i understand those annual reports), marketing, etc.

i have reached the M-level, due to this and that, but i feel it is not enough. i think there are some courses i need to take and some more books to read. so CIO? i think that is only with big companies and that is really tough.
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Posted Monday, October 5, 2009 2:34 AM
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One more jewel to the editorial list...
Thinking like a CIO/CEO itself changes our attitude toward the daily work we do.
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Posted Monday, October 5, 2009 7:38 AM


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I've had bosses I would back up completely and support enthusiastically, and bosses I'd abandon at the slightest opportunity. Fortunately, more of the first than the second.

I always think business first, code second. But business is what I'm educated in, so that's probably expected.


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Great editorial and practical wisdom. Getting a good boss and a good team is a huge blessing, sometimes even more than getting more money. I think there is a hugely important third perspective - getting along with peers or other team members. A team where members constantly squabble and have ego struggles/one upmanship is very difficult for a manager to control/manage - team chemistry where members understand one another and get along makes life easy for both manager and individuals. If I were to ask for a one line definition of anyone - a boss, a subordinate, a peer it would be - someone who is interested in being a better person. As long as we have such individuals and the company has a purpose that is over and above individual advancement then teams stick together and are worth being part of.
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I agree on some level with the article; however, there are always situations where things get complicated. One time, I was working and I made my boss aware of an issue with one of the systems. At the time there was an audit going through and this would have delayed the results for quite a while. After making him aware of the issue I was let go 2 days later. I feel like it's very important to be loyal to the boss; however, I also think there is a line that should be drawn in the sand in regards to self preservation. The best places I've worked have been the places where my manager has an open door policy, and where my manager is very good about communicating what he/ she thinks without letting things build up into resentment.
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Thinking like a CIO/CEO/or manager should change your job. Think about their point of view, their needs, etc. and it will help you. You don't have to agree with them, but understand them.

I think you ought to support your boss, while politely disagreeing, or being able to argue with them. But when the decision is made, support them. I think it's the same with government. You can disagree, you can protest, but you have to support them as our leaders.







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Thinking like a CIO/CEO/or manager should change your job. Think about their point of view, their needs, etc. and it will help you. You don't have to agree with them, but understand them.

I think you ought to support your boss, while politely disagreeing, or being able to argue with them. But when the decision is made, support them. I think it's the same with government. You can disagree, you can protest, but you have to support them as our leaders.


And there I disagree with you. There comes a point where polite disagreement is no longer adequate to the need.

The American Revolution is a good example.


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Posted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 9:30 AM
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GSquared, i was of the same opinion as you are. I have learn the hard way - unless it is a strong issue of ethics and black and white right and wrong with upper management on the right side - an office environment is not a place to start a revolution. A good environment allows for agreeing to disagree. If the matter bothers one so much and there is no room for that it is better to move on.
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