I’m a geek. I’ll admit it openly and proudly. I’m a sucker for technology. I don’t have any tape on my glasses, but I am working on a dual flat-panel displays and have my Sony VAIO, Palm PDA, and iPod Nano near-to-hand.
Not everyone understands geeks. Especially managers.
Positive Sharing offer a guide how not to be a geek-friendly manager.
The ten pointers for how Not to Lead Geeks are:
- Downplay training
- Give no recognition
- Plan too much overtime
- Use management-speak
- Try to be smarter than the geeks
- Act inconsistent
- Ignore the geeks
- Make decisions without consulting them
- Don’t give them tools
- Forget that geeks are creative workers
Aside from some grammatical issues (it should be “Act inconsistently” – sorry for being a grammar geek) these seem about right to me. Fortunately, the day-job avoids most of those. Previous jobs, however, were not quite so nice.