Extra tips : Learnings from Good Managers v/s Bad Managers


How do you compare the two: learnings you had from poor managers and learnings you had from great managers?

The learning from bad managers remind of the difficult experience we had with them…….good managers with imparting great learning also help build a great relation….but the fact of the matter is that both make you more wise in corporate career and add a great learning value….

Advantages of Bad Manager:

1. Makes you prepare for hard times

2. Gives u an opportunity to learn on your own

3. U fill great when you join another co. or manager changes ;).

4. keeps you motivated for a job hunt

Disadvantages:

1. Difficult to give your 100% in current job.

2. A fear of making mistakes remains.

Advantages of Good Manager:

1. Opportunity to learn from him each day.

2. A motivation to work hard and give your 200%.

2. Makes you feel that you are on right career path.

Not much of a disadvantage otherwise he/she will also fall into bad manager category….

Bad Managers tend to increase the negativity in you – fear of mistakes, half hearted efforts, more lies and absenteeism everything starts becoming a part of life, besides anger , frustration and sometimes depression.

Good managers tend to increase the positivity in you – confidence is boosted, fear reduces leading to a more assertiveness and higher risk appetite, which often leads to success.Besides, there’s is always a hope of doing more and better professionally, which shows up in improved performance.

At times the learning curve, when working with a bad manager can be much steeper than when working with a good manager. Most of the people perhaps know what should be done but knowing what should not be done is critical too.

While good managers teach you the art of planning in advance, doing things right, help develop your confidence and guide you on Technical front as well as interpersonal relationships,

Incompetent Managers teach you to value all these things in a Good Manager.

However i would say both experiences are extremely essential in the growth of an individual in early wrking yrs

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Learning New Tools – A Perspective


Learning new tools and technologies has become part of daily chores of any IT professional. There is no way out. Or there is no good reason of why one should not learn new things. I personally am a tech savvy guy and always in lookout of learning new things. The interest is not just to learn things pertaining to data warehouse and BI but everything, which comes on way. The only thing that the new tools/technology I learn should have some fundamentals or concepts to take home.

During this last 6-7 years of being into IT, I have learned numerous theories, technologies, programming languages, tools etc. Most of them were through self-learning. But this self-learning was dependent on all my previous learnings, which I inculcated in the past and without which all this self learning would not have been possible. Today I just picked one more tool/technology to build some understanding on it. I don’t have the access to the software but just the documentation. This is one among few tools/technology I am trying to learn for which I don’t have the access of the software. Though I have hands on extensive hands-on experience on a similar kind of technology by another vendor.

This whole thing lead me to think of how can one approach taking up new tool/technology. Possibly three ways which came into my mind:

1. First hit the document.. get some background. and then come to the tool/hands-on and then again go back to the manuals/references. .. an then back to hands on.. May be over the period doing both things simultaneously.
2. First hit the tool ..let your intuition take over the wheel first.. play around stretch your understanding/intuition… and then come back to references/manual/docs/some text and then back to the tool. Over the period both doing both things simultaneously.
3. First attend some seminar ,some talk, some discussion ( as good as 1 but instead of text you are get into more live things) and then hit the tool may be then back to the manuals tools.. come back to tool/hands-on then go back to discussion and so forth. May be I call it Spaghetti approach. In this approach it could be that you start with Books first and then tools an then talks or any combination.

Which to choose?? Time and availability of resources can give the right call for this.. I keep trying all this approaches. Most of the times approach 2 is a good deal for me. Approach 1 is something we have been trying since the college days. First read about the “c” language, listen some lectures… and then get to the labs for some hands-on. And that was good since one didn’t had so many fundamentals/concepts built up, not so much of exposure to the tools/languages of similar kind. Again like all my postings, there is no need to reach to conclusion of which is better and which not. Depends like everything else. My idea here is just to bring out some points.

CareerFruits – A Good Initiative


CareerFruits – A Good Initiative

I came across this good website, which provides free education on technical subjects, management subjects, career guidance, theory subjects for class X to XII. Watch out this site for more….

A snippet from CareerFruits website blog.

“I intend to write this blog to highlight how one should get benefited from the home computer. Home PC is one of the most common things in today’s world. I see that people use PCs just to create word docs, ppts or may be for some accounting software. The rest of the time goes on Internet searching for things. Most parents think that computer will empower their Kids to learn better and do good in their studies. This is not always true. Kids are spending most of their time with Social Networking Sites like Orkut and Facebook – in competition to get more scraps to each other. This kills the time like anything.

We have started CareerFruits in the motive of providing quality education at the finger tips of a PC user. We want you to realize that time is not going to come again. Whatever you spent, its gone. So think carefully and use the resources to shape your future. We invite you all to join our efforts and get benefited from what we have. Provide suggestions and help us get better everyday. Ask your kids to join our classes, get help from our experts and do whatever it takes to get a good career, good marks, good grades in exams.”

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thanks – Shivmohan