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People, their goals and technology

support.pngIt has been a crazy week again. One of the items I did twice this week was to talk to individuals about their career goals and what they are doing to make those goals happen. Part of it usually requires informing others about what is trying to be accomplish, so they can be supportive.

 

Technologists sometimes are (spoiler alert) a bit introverted. So telling them they need to open up to others about their personal goals can be a bit of a shock to their psyche. I usually explain to them though that if they expect their leaders or teammates to support them, they need to know what to look for and reinforce.

 

Once I had a person who worked with me where I was his career coach. He managed a small team of email support folks. He said he really wanted to move back to Iowa at some point in his career. I asked him if he ever told his manager that this was one of his goals. He said “no”. So I described how his manager probably saw 10-100 opportunities a week and some of them someday might be in Iowa. It’s probably not the managers first thought that this individual would be interested in one of those jobs. So how did he expected to get to Iowa??! He said he never thought of it that way. I know it may seem obvious from this perspective, but it was outside of the context of this individual that something like this could happen, so he was totally blind to it as a possibility. I’ve mentioned before that technologists need a technical bucket list and they should tell their management and co-workers about it.

 

So what does this have to do with business and technical trends?? Some of the folks at HP (or other technical companies) have exposure to technologies that may not make it to the market for years. If they don’t know a company’s goals, they can’t think about how technologies could be applied to generate value. They also can’t start to “tenderize” the organization so that when the new product or service is ready – the organization is ready to pull the trigger.

 

Information needs to flow in order to be useful. Keeping the data in the dark may seem save and secure but it is not all that valuable.

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